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Like Biden, in 1937, Adolf Hitler signed 40 executive orders in a week.

Biden has signed 24 executive orders in his first week of office. Furthermore, signing executive orders doesn't amount to tyranny.

Soon after President Biden took to office, a post claiming that he has signed 40 executive orders in his first week in the office started making rounds on social media. The viral post terms Biden as a “hypocrite” and compares him to a dictator, saying Trump signed only five executive orders during his first week in office, Obama signed 9; whereas, Biden has signed the most. The post also shows a speech bubble quoting Biden as saying, “Only a dictator legislates to executive orders”.

Since his first day in office on January 20, 2021, Biden has published a total of 37 executive orders till April 1, 2021, according to the National Archives of the Federal Register. Many of these orders aimed at revoking policies implemented by former President Donald Trump. The USA Today reported these policies mainly focused on areas such as immigration, health care, and the environment and equity. However, Biden passed these orders over three months. Considering Biden’s first week in office, between Jan 20 and 27, he signed 24 executive orders.

Also, it is essential to note that signing 40 executive orders in a week doesn’t amount to tyranny.

Hitler being a dictator, had no tolerarance for political pluralism or independent media. In 1934, he declared himself as a Führer - the leader of Germany. According to the BBC news, he eliminated all sources of opposition both within the Nazi party and in the whole of Germany. During his rule, he reorganized the government, abolished trade unions, set up Nazi people’s courts where judges had to swear an oath of loyalty to the Nazis.

According to the American Bar Association, an executive order is a signed, written, and published directive from the President of the United States that manages operations of the federal government. Executive orders are not legislation; they require no Congress approval, and Congress cannot simply overturn them. However, Congress may pass legislation that might make it difficult, or even impossible, to carry out the order, such as removing funding. Only a sitting U.S. President may overturn an existing executive order by issuing another executive order to that effect.

Also, the courts may strike down executive orders because it exceeds president authority and in cases where the order is found to be unconstitutional in substance, according to the Federal Judicial Centre.

Therefore, it would be highly misleading to compare the executive orders passed by an elected president and those ordered by a dictator like Hitler.

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Like Biden, in 1937, Adolf Hitler signed 40 executive orders in a week.