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With less than nine weeks to go until November’s midterm elections, when Democratic House and Senate majorities hang in the balance, President Biden is expected to make a short Thursday night trip from the White House to the nearby national port in Maryland. , where he will speak at a Democratic National Committee reception.
The president’s attendance at the DNC rally comes amid increased rhetoric from Biden targeting ‘MAGA Republicans’ who he says have embraced ‘semi-fascism’ because of their continued loyalty to former President Donald Trump. .
The president’s more aggressive political language of late appears to be a move to alter the midterm narrative of a referendum on Biden and congressional Democrats and their record of leading the country – amid record inflation, d ‘rising crime and border security – to a choice election between Biden and Trump and a battle to save democracy. The president’s new push made national headlines and received a lot of backlash from Republicans.
“What we’re seeing now is either the beginning or the end of an extreme MAGA philosophy,” Biden told Democratic donors at a rally in Maryland two weeks ago. “It’s not just Trump,” he continued, “it’s the whole philosophy behind the — I’ll say something: it’s like semi-fascism.”
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At a DNC rally that followed that evening, the president said, “MAGA Republicans are not just a threat to our personal rights and economic security, they are a threat to our very democracy.
In a speech early last week in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., highlighting his plan to tackle crime and boost police funding, Biden again took aim at what he claims is extremism and the anarchy of the extreme right.
“You can’t be pro-law enforcement and pro-insurgency,” the president said, referring to the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol by right-wing extremists and other Trump supporters. which disrupted Congress’ certification of Biden’s 2020 Electoral College victory over the then-president. “You can’t be a law and order party and call the people who attacked the police on January 6 patriots. You can’t do that.”
Two days later — during a prime-time speech at Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park, where the Declaration of Independence and the nation’s constitution were debated and signed — Biden stuck to his punches.
“Too much of what is happening in our country today is not normal. Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic,” the president charged in his speech.
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After those speeches and the ensuing anger from Republicans, Biden and the White House clarified the remarks, apparently attempting to somewhat parry the divisive rhetoric.
“I don’t see any Trump supporter as a threat to the country,” Biden said Sept. 2. is a threat to democracy.”
The White House also denied that Biden’s Philadelphia speech – where he said the country was in a battle for the heart and soul of America, and urged people to ‘vote, vote, vote’ – was a political address.
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“It’s no more ‘political’ than this accurate and timely reporting from CNN,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates told reporters, before sharing CNN headlines like “Jake Tapper breaks down the GOP Threats to Democracy” and “Trump Rally and Vote in Arizona Rights March Highlights Fight for Democracy.”