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Democratic senators are defending President Biden’s tough talk this week against “MAGA Republicans,” including recent speeches in which Biden said those Republicans posed a threat to democracy.
“I certainly agree that those who have denied the legitimacy of the last election or called the January 6 insurgency anything but what it was – I think they are at risk to our democratic institutions,” said Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., told Fox News Digital.
“He’s made it clear that what he’s talking about is the fact that unfortunately there are movements in this country that challenge the validity of our citizens’ right to vote,” said Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.
The comments come after Biden delivered a speech from Philadelphia outside Independence Hall last Thursday in which he said, “Equality and democracy are under attack.”
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Behind this onslaught, Biden said, is a GOP that is “dominated, driven and bullied by Donald Trump and MAGA Republicans. The president doubled down on those comments in a campaign speech in Wisconsin, accusing Republican “MAGA” members of Congress of being “filled with anger, violence and hatred.”
The president faced a fierce backlash from Republicans for comments. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, who delivered a pre-buttal speech ahead of Biden’s speech on Thursday, said Biden had “chosen to divide, belittle and denigrate his fellow Americans” . McCarthy asked Biden to apologize to “millions” of Americans.
The president has repeatedly said he doesn’t believe all Republicans, or all Republicans in Congress, are “MAGA Republicans.” But he sticks to the broader comments, and Senate Democrats do the same as they aim to make the midterm election a referendum on Trump and social issues like abortion rather than the economy.
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“Those contrasts are very fair to draw,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said when asked about Biden’s comments by Fox News Digital. “And there’s so much at stake, especially with Donald Trump-endorsed candidates who seem to be prevailing in so many states.”
“In my view, our democracy is at a critical juncture, and President Biden hasn’t gotten there easily,” Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said of Biden, highlighting instances in which Biden has worked with Republicans.
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“He also sees – in who the former president supports and what he says, and in the results of primaries across the country – real worrying signs,” Coons added.
Cardin also defended Biden’s direct characterization of “MAGA Republicans in Congress” as a fundamental threat to the American system of governance.
“Those of us in public office have a responsibility to tell our constituents the facts, to defend our democratic institutions – sometimes with results we don’t particularly like – and to defend democracy itself,” Cardin said. “I think some of my colleagues didn’t.”
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