President Biden mentioned "unity" and "together" in his inaugural address more than a dozen times. "Today, on this January day, my whole soul is in this: Bringing America together. Uniting our people. And uniting our nation," said President Biden.
He promised to lead the polarized country on a healing path towards unity. "We can see each other not as adversaries but as neighbors. We can treat each other with dignity and respect. We can join forces, stop the shouting, and lower the temperature. For without unity, there is no peace, only bitterness and fury."
Fast-forward 12 months.
The TIPP Unity Index, a measure of how united Americans feel, hits a new low as the President finishes his first year in office. But then, President Biden hasn't practiced what he preached or even tried to.
The statistics show that President Biden has failed miserably. The President did not walk the talk, and his actions contradicted his words in some cases. There are numerous examples, such as his J6 anniversary speech and his voting rights speech in Atlanta. Watching these speeches, one wonders if this is the same man who advocated for unity and gave an eloquent speech during his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States.
The TIPP Unity Index fell 4.6 points (13.5 percent) in January, dropping from 34.0 in December to 29.4. Almost three-fourths of Americans (72%) believe the country is polarized, while only 25% believe it is united.