Based off != clone of
I'm not aiming this at you in particular, but the overall media with their sensationalism: Why would upstream dictate downstream? Debian never used to provide various proprietary or patented codecs etc because of their philosophy but that never stopped Ubuntu adding them, no one said "oh no, Debian says they won't bundle MP3 so now Ubuntu can't ever have MP3 support" (before the patents expired, but an example off the top of my head) so why should Ubuntu's decision to leave out 32-bit libraries (now somewhat reversed, but arguably not completely) stop Mint from adding them just like they add Cinnamon and numerous other things? That's the beauty of open source, it's not like Mark Shuttleworth is holding a gun to anyone's head and stopping them. Pop!OS devs have already said they'll put 32-bit back in if it disappears from Ubuntu.