Biden’s Trump MAGA comments on a ‘slap in the face’ to Republicans


President Biden’s speech calling out former President Donald Trump’s MAGA supporters was a “slap in the face” to Republicans, Texas Rep. Michael McCaul said Sunday.

“I think if it was a speech meant to unite the American people, it had the opposite effect. It basically condemned all the Republicans who supported Donald Trump in the last election. It’s more of 70 million people,” McCaul said on ABC News’ “This Week.”

“And, you know, to say Republicans are a threat to democracy is really a slap in the face.”

The top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee said three networks decided not to air Biden’s prime-time speech Thursday outside Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

“It was a campaign speech before the midterm elections, and that’s basically how I see it,” McCaul told host Martha Raddatz.

Biden, in what was billed as a “soul of the nation” speech, said Trump’s Republicans posed a threat to “the republic.”

“Too much of what is happening in our country today is not normal. Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic,” Biden said.

Rep. Michael McCaul spoke about Biden’s speech in Pennsylvania.
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“There is no doubt that the Republican Party today is dominated, led and intimidated by Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans. And that is a threat to this country,” he added.

Raddatz asked McCaul if Trump should also be blamed for contributing to political divisions in the country.

“We know that the rhetoric on both sides has been heightened. I don’t think people in mainstream America are particularly fond of divisive rhetoric,” he said.

A Trump supporter shows off his MAGA hat at a Trump campaign-style rally.
A Trump supporter shows off his MAGA hat at a Trump campaign-style rally.
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On Friday, Biden attempted to backtrack on his fiery speech, telling reporters, “I don’t see any Trump supporters as a threat to the country.”

Turning to the trove of classified documents found at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, McCaul said the former president “has a different set of rules that apply to him.”

“I’ve lived in the classifieds world for most of my professional career, personally I wouldn’t do that. But I’m not the president of the United States,” said McCaul, the leading Republican in the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

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Biden said during his controversial speech that Trump’s Republicans posed a threat to “the republic.”
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As president, he said Trump had the ability to “declassify a document at any time.”

“I know they were removed from the White House when he was president and whether or not he declassified those documents remains to be seen. He says he did. I haven’t all the facts there,” the congressman said.

A more detailed inventory released last week of items removed from Mar-a-Lago by FBI agents on Aug. 8 revealed a number of sensitive documents, as well as empty folders, marked as classified.

The list, revealed by US District Court Judge Aileen Cannon, showed 54 documents were marked “SECRET”, 31 were labeled “CONFIDENTIAL” and another 18 were labeled “TOP SECRET”.

Another 48 empty folders labeled with “CLASSIFIED” banners while another 42 empty folders were labeled “Return to Secretary of Staff/Military Aid”.

New York Post

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