Biden harshly criticized Trump's Republican supporters
U.S. President Joe Biden sharply characterized Donald Trump supporters in the Republican Party while speaking at an event Thursday in advance of the November congressional elections. According to Biden, the agenda of Republicans who support Trump is approaching “semi-fascism.”
The president, who will soon visit several states on both the East and West coasts, hopes to support Democratic candidates and prevent Republicans from taking control of Congress.
The Democratic National Committee event, held Thursday night at a high school in Montgomery County, a suburb of Washington, D.C., was attended by Maryland political leaders.
Among those attending the rally were representatives of Planned Parenthood, a women’s health care organization, and Moms Demand activists who oppose gun violence. Democrats hope their electoral prospects will be boosted by a new gun safety law and Republican support for an abortion ban.
Speaking at the rally, Biden emphasized the difference in the programs of Democrats and Republicans, noting that voters in the upcoming midterm elections will have an opportunity to make their choice.
Prior to the rally, Biden met with Democratic Party donors at a fundraising event held at the Richard Montgomery School campus.
The president spoke at length about the challenges facing the United States and the world because of climate change. He talked about the economic turmoil and the future of China and sharply criticized the Republican Party’s agenda.
“What we’re seeing now is either the beginning or the funeral bell for the extreme MAGA program,” Biden said, referring to former President Donald Trump’s slogan, “Let’s make America great again. – And it’s not just Trump. It’s a whole philosophy akin to semi-fascism.”
The president also emphasized his leadership in building NATO unity against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and restoring cooperation with allies after Trump’s presidency.
“I underestimated the damage the previous four years have done to America’s reputation in the world,” Biden said.
Republicans are hoping to win the election in November, and history is on their side. The party that controls the White House usually loses seats in Congress in the first midterm elections after a presidential election, and political analysts predict that Republicans stand a good chance of gaining control of the House and possibly the Senate.
Democrats hold a slim majority in the House, while Senate seats are evenly split.
Republican control of one or both houses of Congress could hamper Biden’s legislative agenda in the second half of his presidential term. It could also intensify the debate over whether the 79-year-old Biden should run for reelection in 2024 or hand power to a younger generation of politicians.
But Biden and his team hope that a string of recent legislative successes and voter outrage over the U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal of a 1973 ruling that recognized women’s constitutional right to abortion will lead to high turnout among Democrats.