Biden urges voters to reject ‘MAGA Republicans’ midterm

Jhe gymnasium in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., was packed with a receptive crowd of friends and hometown supporters on Tuesday when President Joe Biden launched his latest attack on the GOP. “Let me say this to my MAGA Republican friends in Congress: Don’t tell me you support law enforcement if you don’t condemn what happened on the 6th,” Biden said, referring to the deadly attack on the US Capitol on January 1. 6, 2021. “You can’t be pro-law enforcement and pro-insurgency.”

He then lashed out at senior Republican lawmakers who warned that the Justice Department’s investigation into Donald Trump’s hoarding of government documents could spark a backlash from Trump supporters. “Nobody expects politics to be paddycake — sometimes it’s mean as hell,” Biden said. “But the idea that you turn on the television and see senators and congressmen saying, ‘If such and such happens, there will be blood in the streets?’ Where the hell are we?”

The speech was emblematic of a new, livelier tone from Biden, who ran for president two years ago promising to unite the country but began spending more time warning of the dangers of a Republican Party that remains largely under the spell of Trump.

On Thursday evening, Biden will deliver a prime-time speech on the threat posed by “MAGA Republicans” and public officials denying the election results. He will describe the midterm elections as a broader competition between those who believe in the American democratic system and those who want to tear it down in their own pursuit of power.

It’s a preview of a key message Democrats should take to the public in the coming weeks as the campaign prepares for races that could see Republicans regain control of one or both houses of Congress. .

Biden’s senior advisers acknowledge that midterm elections, which millions of voters typically skip, are won in anger. Democrats in many states have been riled this summer over Republican-imposed restrictions on abortion access in many states after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June. GOP resistance to calls for tougher gun control laws in the wake of continued school shootings is also a motivating factor.

But the state of the country’s democracy is also attracting more voter interest, according to recent polls. Speaking last week at a Democratic National Committee event at the home of a wealthy supporter in Bethesda, Maryland, Biden said he chose to run for president in part because of the division he had seen Donald Trump stir up in the public arena and wanted to help ‘restore the soul of this country’ by promoting ‘dignity’, ‘honor, making sure that we – you think what you say” and “treating people with respect”. But these strains of Trumpism, amplified by hate and misinformation, have not gone away. “What we’re seeing now is either the beginning or the end of an extreme MAGA philosophy,” Biden said. “It’s not just Trump,” he continued, “it’s the whole philosophy behind the — I’ll say something: it’s like semi-fascism.”

Republicans immediately rejected the label. Speaking on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu said Biden was “trying to stoke that anti-Republican sentiment right before the election.” He called on the president to apologize. “It’s horribly inappropriate, it’s insulting, and people should be insulted,” Sununu said.

Biden’s closest aides acknowledge that there is a balance to be struck. The president shouldn’t look sharp and angry all the time. He has planned several weeks of travel across the country to tout his administration’s investments in improving infrastructure, improving clean energy technologies and cutting prescription drugs for the elderly.

Biden’s approval ratings among Americans, while still low, rose slightly to a low 40 from a high 30 in July. His party’s prospects of retaining control of the Senate and stemming anticipated losses in the House have also improved. Democrats, who have trailed Republicans since January in polls on a generic Congressional ballot, recently tied the GOP in most polls.

Biden hopes to draw a contrast between his administration’s approach to governance — passing major bills on climate change, health care and infrastructure investment — and Republican resistance.

It’s a strategy the administration does not intend to limit to Biden’s words. The White House press office also took a tougher tone in social media posts. Last week, when Republican politicians criticized Biden’s student loan forgiveness actions as unfair, the White House Twitter account hit back directly at several of them by pointing out the amount of the loan their own companies had. forgiven under the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program during COVID. -19 pandemic economic downturn. The online taunts were a departure from the otherwise stilted official account and coincided with the White House hiring of Megan Coyne from the office of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, where she drew attention for using quick and witty responses to create a massive following for the Governor’s Twitter account.

“We have never been shy about calling out hypocrisy, and we’re not going to stop now,” Alexandra LaManna, deputy White House press secretary, said in a statement.

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