Biden again attacks GOP “MAGA” members of Congress, “full of anger, violence and hatred”, in Labor Day speech

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President Biden attacked GOP “MAGA” members of Congress Monday in a Labor Day speech in Wisconsin as the president steps up his broadsides against Republicans ahead of the midterms.

“I want to be very clear up front, not all Republicans are MAGA Republicans. Not all Republicans embrace this extreme ideology,” Biden said at a rally in Milwaukee. “I know that because I’ve been able to work with mainstream Republicans throughout my career.”

Biden added, “But extreme MAGA Republicans in Congress have chosen to step back, full of anger, violence, hatred and division.”


President Joe Biden delivers a speech in which he attacked Republicans at Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 1, 2022. Biden echoed those sentiments in his Labor Day speech on September 5 September 2022.
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The comments continue a theme of the president hitting harder against his political opponents with the election looming and Democrats feeling some campaign momentum. Biden recently accused Republicans of embracing “semi-fascism” and gave a major speech in Philadelphia on Thursday, saying “equality and democracy are under attack” by Republicans.

Biden also said Thursday that all Republicans, “not even the majority of Republicans are MAGA Republicans.” But, he said, the GOP as a whole is “dominated, driven and bullied by Donald Trump and MAGA Republicans.”

And the president returned to those attacks in Wisconsin on Monday, with a more specific target: vulnerable Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.

President Biden singled out Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., in a Labor Day speech.

President Biden singled out Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., in a Labor Day speech.
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In scathing remarks, Biden called Johnson one of the “Republican MAGA, the far right, the Trumpies,” linking him to false claims by some Republicans that the 2020 election was stolen and attacking the January 6, 2021 against the Capitol.

“The extreme MAGA Republicans are not just threatening our personal rights and economic security. They are embracing political violence,” Biden said.

“Senator Johnson said it was overall a peaceful protest,” Biden added of Jan. 6. “Have you seen the video of what happened that day? Cops being attacked and assaulted, speared with flag poles, sprayed, stomped, dragged, brutalized.

Biden also attacked Johnson over a plan by Republican National Senate Committee Chairman Rick Scott, R-Fla., that would end federal legislation after five years. The president said it would put programs like Medicare and Social Security at risk, and he accused Johnson of wanting to “save” those programs.

“Read the Republican campaign plan, the Senate campaign they launched this year. Senator Rick Scott of Florida is leading that committee,” the president said. “They want to force Congress to vote every five years on the future of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicare.”

Biden’s barbs come as Democrats believe their path to midterm success involves a dual focus on social issues, including red state abortion laws and voter revulsion toward the former president Donald Trump.

“MAGA forces are committed to rolling this country backwards,” Biden said in his speech Thursday, referring to Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan. “Back to an America where there is no right to choose, no right to privacy, no right to contraception, no right to marry whoever you love.”

Republicans, meanwhile, say soaring inflation and the economy are the main medium-term issues. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., attacked Democrats on a litany of issues, including inflation, in a speech ahead of Biden’s speech on Thursday.


“How many of you can afford to give up a month of your income? I bet there aren’t many,” McCarthy said during an appearance at North Philadelphia in Scranton, Pennsylvania. “But if you’ve had a constant salary over the past year, you’ve seen more than a month of your income taken away.”

McCarthy added, “The Democrats had total control in Washington. … So let me ask you this: how did they do it?”

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