Just two weeks after the Capitol riot inspired by their own voter fraud lies, Republicans say the new president’s policies are dividing the nation.

Republican lawmakers suddenly have a lot of thoughts on how to heal the nation and none of them has to do with addressing the insurrection that Donald Trumps supporters mounted at the U.S. Capitol two weeks ago in an attempt to overturn election results. 
GOP legislators have been reluctant to accept their own responsibility for stoking massive divisions in the country. But in the two days since President Joe Biden took office, Senate and House members have been twisting his call for unity into attacks on his agenda. 
In his inaugural address Wednesday, Biden called on Americans to come together to confront the rise in political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism, in order to restore the soul and to secure the future of America. 
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, the president added, standing on the same platform where pro-Trump rioters had invaded the Capitol on Jan. 6. 
In response, Republican lawmakers are arguing that Bidens policies will only hurt unity. In other words, according to these lawmakers, the only way to heal the nation after a violent mob tried to overturn an election that put Democrats in power, is to do exactly what Republicans want. 
Here are some of the policies that Republicans have claimed would undermine national unity: 
Restoring National Monuments
As part of a broader first-day executive order to protect public health and the environment and restore science, Biden ordered a review of Trumps rollbacks of national monuments a first step toward his own promise to restore the sites.
Ten Utah Republicans, including Sen. Mitt Romney and Gov. Spencer Cox, issued a joint statement this week decrying the move, saying it will only deepen divisions in this country.
For over 25 years Utah has been the center of controversial and divisive unilateral national monument decisions. … A review in name only with predetermined results, which ultimately leads to a unilateral executive order enlarging the monuments boundaries, will not solve the root of the problem and will only deepen divisions in this country, they said.
Republicans invoking national monuments in particular, Bears Ears in Utah in their newfound wish for harmony is ludicrous. 
In 2017, following a sham review in which the Trump administration cozied up to monument opponents, cherry-picked data and dismissed overwhelming public support for maintaining protected sites, Trump carved more than 2 million acres away from two sites in southern Utah.
Bears Ears, a landscape sacred to several area Native American tribes that is named after a pair of buttes, was shrunk by 85%. Nearby Grand Staircase-Escalante, a sweeping 1.87-million-acre monument rich in dinosaur fossils and archeological sites, was cut roughly in half. Later, in June 2020, Trump opened the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, a 4,900-square-mile protected site off the East Coast, to commercial fishing. 
The 10 Republican critics made no mention of the five tribes that had petitioned the Obama administration to grant Bears Ears monument status and felt betrayed by Trumps rollback. After dismantling several federally protected land and water monuments, including one that honored Native American cultural heritage, Trump turned around and threatened up to 10 years in prison for anyone who vandalized or destroyed a monument to a slave-owning president or leader of the Confederacy.
Barring Oil And Gas Drilling On Federal Lands, Rejoining The Paris Climate Accord, Stopping The Keystone XL Pipeline
On his first day in office, Biden issued a temporary moratorium on oil and gas drilling on federal lands.
Halting fossil fuel development in Alaskas pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the middle of a rapidly worsening global climate crisis? That would go against healing the nation, Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) said. Sullivan immediately called the move divisive.
In his inaugural address, President Biden called for national unity and healing. However, just hours earlier, his administration took their cues from radical environmentalists in issuing punitive and divisive actions against Alaska, many other resource development states, and whole sectors of our economy, Sullivan said in a statement. 
Theres some added hypocrisy in Sullivans comments about unity here. Bidens moratorium reverses a policy that was slipped into the 2017 tax law a bill that Republicans crafted behind closed doors without any bipartisan input and passed without a single vote of support from Democrats.
To make their case for opening the Arctic refuge to oil drilling, the Trump administration and its Republican allies repeatedly touted the potential for this fossil fuel development to generate $1.8 billion in federal revenue over a decade. But when the administration held the long-awaited lease sale on Jan. 6 as the Capitol was being stormed by pro-Trump extremists it generated a paltry $14.4 million in bids, less than 1% of the administrations total revenue estimates.
Other GOP lawmakers echoed this unity complaint when deriding Bidens other early environmental policies, like revoking a crucial permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline and reentering the Paris climate agreement.
It was really ironic that hes talking one thing, one game, over here about unity, Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Ga.) said in a video posted to Twitter. And the first thing he does is go over to the White House and do just the opposite, and that is alienate a number of people who agree with those [Trump] policies and want to see those policies implemented.
On day one, President Biden signed executive orders to revoke the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement, and weaken our border security. Crushing the progress made over the last four years will kill American jobs and further divide our nation. pic.twitter.com/mTbDB3Ep8x
— Buddy Carter (@RepBuddyCarter) January 21, 2021
Carter, who called the insurrectionists nothing short of pure anarchy, nonetheless voted against certifying the election results hours after the riot, alongside 146 other Republican lawmakers a vote that Trump encouraged as a last-ditch attempt to override the will of 81 million American voters.
Impeaching And Putting Trump On Trial
Last week, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said that Trump bears responsibility for the attack that left five people dead at the Capitol, adding that Trump should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding.
But McCarthy has already backtracked, saying this week that Trump didnt provoke the rioters and that holding the former president accountable in an impeachment trial and otherwise taking a stand against that sort of violence would tear the nation apart.
In polls conducted before Trump was impeached for the second time, Americans were largely split along party lines on whether he should have been removed from office and disqualified from holding future office, although there was slightly more appetite this time around.
Ten Republicans joined with Democrats to impeach Trump in the House last week, making it the most bipartisan impeachment vote in history. 
But the vast majority of GOP lawmakers dont want to convict Trump of inciting the mob in a Senate trial. Many of these same politicians spent months spreading baseless allegations about voter fraud, questioning the legitimacy of Bidens win and standing silent as Trump encouraged the stop the steal movement.
Now, with Biden in office, theyre concerned about unity.
Well, I think its obvious that the post-presidential impeachment [trial] has never occurred in the history of the country for a reason, that its unconstitutional, that it sets a bad precedent for the presidency and it continues to divide the nation, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Capitol Hill reporters on Friday.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said the same in a Friday tweet, writing that Biden is preaching unity & healing while Dem leadership is focused on impeachment of a former president. 
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) perhaps put the GOP view most plainly in a Friday morning tweet: A radical leftist agenda in a divided country will not help unify our country, it will only confirm 75 million Americans biggest fears about the new administration. That was after Rubio posted a video claiming that Biden had governed from the radical left in his first two full days in office. 
As Democrats come to power in both chambers of Congress and the White House, Republicans are making clear that the only unity theyre interested in is unity behind their agenda. Anything contrary to that would simply be too divisive.