Biden looks clearly set for another neoliberal term very much in the vein Barack Obama, under whom Biden served as Vice President, and on many fronts, and for many Americans, this is a worse prospect than Trump. While Biden would definitely represent a shift in rhetoric from Trump, if his time as Vice President is anything to go by, American foreign policy looks set to be continually aggressive. On war and foreign policy Obama overall started more conflicts than Trump internationally, however more bombs were dropped during the Trump presidency than ever before, following a clear upward trajectory from his predecessors. There is no indication from Biden that he wishes to undo this pattern he himself had a part in under Obama.
Likewise Trump was known for his “attacks on journalism” but again these attacks were largely rhetorical. Obama on the other hand went after more journalists legally than an other president both before and since, setting a dangerous precedent of using the Espionage act to prosecute journalists as an attack on press freedom. On the big economic issues such as China, Biden looks set to continue Trump's economic legacy, while showing no sign of undoing Trump tax-cuts, addressing stagnating wages or the spiralling cost of healthcare in the country. Under Obama, Biden has the previous track record of bailing out the banks following the 2008 recession, similar to the corporate bailout during the 2020 pandemic under Trump, Biden has never acknowledged the decades of continued deregulation in the US, so is unlikely to regulate the financial sector as president.
The only area that Biden really differs from Obama and is closer to Trump is his long history of racist policy and siding with white supremacists. Biden has often bragged about how he wrote the Comprehensive Control Act and Anti-Drug Abuse Act, as well as Constitutional amendments to stop busing, all of which are now widely regarded to have solidified structural racism in America and continued the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow. In this regard Biden stylistically differs from Trump, shying away from open dog-whistles to rally white supremacist supporters, preferring a different flavour of racism, silent and legislative.
As Biden has repeatedly said himself, "nothing will fundamentally change" , he clearly marks a return to the Obama era, which is, most worryingly, the era that gave America Trump in the first place, a far-right populist reaction to the neoliberal status quo. If Biden seriously hopes to undo Trumpism or represent a real change to Trump he needs to undo the truly damaging precedents Trump set as president. Biden should renegotiate a nuclear arms treaty with Russia, and undo the madness of ramped up military spending Trump engaged in, clearly gearing up to the suicidal military engagement with China and Russia. Biden could also prove his dedication to the environment by kicking out fossil fuel lobbyists and reverse the very damaging withdrawal from agreements such as the Iran nuclear deal, that have strained global stability and international relations with US allies.