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White House deems Trump supporters ‘extremist threat’ — Analysis

Biden’s press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, declared the “MAGA Republicans” a threat to democracy and freedom

Republicans who support the Donald Trump campaign’s “America Great Again” slogan pose an existential threat to American democracy, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Wednesday. 

President believes that our democracy is under threat from extremists,” Jean-Pierre began, arguing US President Joe Biden had been “He will be as specific as possible about that piece.” 

Implying her words had come directly from Biden, she explained, “The way that he sees it is the MAGA Republicans are the most energized part of the Republican Party … This is an extreme threat to our democracy, to our freedom, to our rights.” 

While she did not elaborate on the president’s plans to address that threat, she cautioned that “We do not tolerate violence and violence threats in society” no matter “which side of the aisle that you’re sitting on.

It wasn’t the first time the Biden administration has characterized supporters of the former president as an existential threat to the American way. Biden previously bashed “MAGA Republicans” at a donor event last week, likening their “Philosophy” to “semi-fascism” and insisting they “don’t just threaten our personal rights and economic security” but “We refuse to recognize the will and opinions of the people” and “embrace … political violence,” posing a “Our very existence is at risk.

It’s not hyperbole, now you need to vote to literally save democracy again,” he urged his supporters.

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Jean-Pierre subsequently defended the controversial remarks, urging doubters to “look at the definition of fascism” and “Think about the things you care about [MAGA Republicans are] doing in attacking our democracy, what they are doing in taking away our freedoms … our voting rights.” However, she denied it was an attack on all Trump voters, insisting the president was referring only to “The extreme ultra-wing Republicans.” 

Critics claim Biden has made demonizing the opposition party a centerpiece of his reelection campaign, marking a hard shift from the start of his presidency. An aspiring Democrat politician, Biden initially pleaded to unite a divided electorate after accusations of election fraud were made and the aftermath the Capitol riot of January 6, 2001 cast a dark shadow on his inauguration. 

The tactic has reminded many of former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s infamous denunciation of half of Trump’s voters as a “Basket of Deplorables” riddled with racism, sexism, and Others unwholesome attributes. Despite what she seemed to believe was a certain win, Clinton lost to Trump in 2016, having failed to win over the “other” half of his supporters.

Official figures show that Trump was able to receive more than 7 million votes in 2020, and over 6 million in 2016.

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