A senior adviser to President Joe Biden claimed “MAGA” Republicans pose a “danger to our democracy” and seek to “destroy the United States of America” during a Sunday morning appearance on MSNBC.
“It is important that as we look at this MAGA Republican agenda and those who seek to lead our country like Kevin McCarthy, who will lead our country if Republicans take the House in November, it is important that we pay attention to what they, what the agenda will be,” former Democratic Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms of Atlanta, now a senior adviser to President Biden, told host Jonathan Capehart. “This MAGA Republican agenda is a very dangerous agenda.”
Biden accused Republicans of embracing “semi-fascism” during an Aug. 25 speech at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser and labeled Trump’s supporters a “threat to democracy” in a Sept. 1 speech at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
“I think it will be important for all of us who care about the United States of America to call out what we see. What we see, again, with this MAGA Republican agenda, is an effort to disrupt our democracy, so, whether it be through November and beyond November, I think it will always be important to call out any effort there is to destroy, essentially, destroy the United States of America,” Bottoms claimed. “President Biden has been very clear, he wants to work in a bipartisan effort. He has worked in a bipartisan effort, he’s been able to get things done on behalf of our country.”
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“But when you have a MAGA Republican agenda that has no respect for the Constitution, that has no respect for free and fair elections, then it is important for all of us, not just the president, not just me, for all of us to call it out for what it is. It is a danger to our democracy, it is a danger to our way of life,” Bottoms concluded.
Earlier this week, former First Lady Hillary Clinton compared rallies held by former President Donald Trump to rallies once held by Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler during an event at the Texas Tribune Festival Friday.
“I remember as a young student trying to figure out how did people get basically drawn in by Hitler? How did that happen? And I’d watch newsreels and I’d see this guy standing up there ranting and raving, and people shouting and raising their arms. I said, what’s happened to these people? Why did they believe that?” Clinton, who was defeated by Trump in 2016, asked.
You saw the rally in Ohio the other night, Trump is there ranting and raving for more than an hour and you have these rows of young men with their arms raised,” Clinton continued.
President Joe Biden and other Democrats have aggressively attacked Republicans since the Aug, 8 raid on Mar-a-Lago, which liberals celebrated, with Biden claiming Republicans embraced “semi-fascism” and labeling Trump’s supporters as a “threat to democracy.” Democratic Rep.
Tim Ryan of Ohio said it was important to “kill and confront” an “extremist” movement among Republicans during an appearance on MSNBC.
Clinton has previously criticized Trump’s supporters, most notably during her unsuccessful 2016 campaign.
“You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the ‘basket of deplorables’. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it. And unfortunately, there are people like that. And he has lifted them up,” Clinton said in September 2016.
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“Biden learned his playbook from Hillary – divide, duck blame, and trash voters in the process,” the Republican National Committee said in a statement. “These remarks are disgusting but unfortunately, not at all surprising.”