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White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre defended comments that President Biden made Thursday in which he said that some segments of the Republican Party are “like semi-fascism.”
Biden did the remarks during a fundraiser in Bethesda, Maryland, before heading to a rally to help Democrats gain momentum for the upcoming midterm elections.
“What we’re seeing now is either the beginning or the end of an extreme MAGA philosophy,” Biden said. “It’s not just Trump, it’s the whole philosophy behind the — I’m going to say something, it’s like semi-fascism.”
Biden added that if the Democrats lose the midterm elections, the Republicans will deal with “eliminating choice, at every level.”
Asked by a reporter at Friday’s press conference whether Biden respects Americans who voted for Trump in 2020, Jean-Pierre said the president was “pretty clear” in his remarks.
“I think he was pretty clear and he was very powerful last night. Look, what the president said last night was when it comes to MAGA Republicans, when he’s acts from the extreme ultra wing of the Republicans, they attack democracy. Right? They attack, take away rights and freedoms,” said Jean-Pierre.
“They’re using threats of violence. They’re taking away the right to vote. And he called it that. That’s what he did. He called it that and what many, would say, historians would agree with us,” she added. added.
Jean-Pierre also said Biden believes he should “be the loudest voice for democracy.”
Nathan Brand, spokesman for the Republican National Committee, told Fox News Digital that Jean-Pierre’s defense of Biden’s comments is “despicable.”
“Biden forced Americans out of their jobs, transferred money from working-class families to Harvard lawyers, and plunged our country into a recession when families can’t afford gas and oil. grocery store. Democrats don’t care about the suffering of Americans — they never have,” Jean-Pierre said.
During Biden’s speech Thursday night, Biden said he respects conservative Republicans such as Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, but not “MAGA Republicans.”
“There are not many true Republicans no longer. By the way, your incumbent governor [Larry Hogan], he’s a Republican you can deal with,” Biden said. “I respect conservative Republicans. I don’t respect those MAGA Republicans.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.