Biden Trots Out New Term for MAGA, GOP

President describes philosophy as 'semi-fascism'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 25, 2022 7:35 PM CDT
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President Biden speaks during a rally hosted by the Democratic National Committee on Thursday in Rockville, Md.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Aiming to turn months of legislative accomplishments into political energy, President Biden sought Thursday to underscore the choice facing voters in the midterm elections, comparing Republican ideology to "semi-fascism," as he led a kickoff rally and a fundraiser in Maryland. "You need to vote to literally save democracy once again," Biden told an overflow crowd of thousands at Montgomery High School in Rockville, the AP reports. "Your right to choose is on the ballot this year. The Social Security you paid for from the time you had a job is on the ballot. The safety of your kids from gun violence is on the ballot, and it’s not hyperbole, the very survival of our planet is on the ballot."

The events, in the safely Democratic Washington suburbs, were the first step into what White House aides say will be an aggressive season of championing his policy victories and aiding his party's candidates. The aides said Biden would continue to paint Republicans as the “ultra-MAGA” party—a reference to former President Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan—embracing conservative ideological proposals and Trump’s false claims about the 2020 election.

“What we’re seeing now is either the beginning or the death knell of an extreme MAGA philosophy," Biden told donors. "It’s not just Trump, it’s the entire philosophy that underpins the—I’m going to say something, it’s like semi-fascism.” The Republican National Committee called Biden's comments “despicable." Biden "forced Americans out of their jobs, transferred money from working families to Harvard lawyers, and sent our country into a recession while families can’t afford gas and groceries,” said spokesperson Nathan Brand. "Democrats don’t care about suffering Americans—they never did.”

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