Former US President Donald Trump’s “MAGA” runs the Republican Party, according to President Joe Biden.
The people in control of the US Republican Party are “MAGA Republican[s]”, though not every member of the GOP is a “MAGA Republican”, President Joe Biden said on Friday.
Biden uses “MAGA”, former US President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan that stands for “Make America Great Again” to identify purportedly radical elements of the party.
The MAGA Republicans in question, according to Biden, “pose a clear and present danger” to US democracy.
“The path offered by Democrats is contrasted with the one offered by the MAGA Republicans, and by the way, not all Republicans are MAGA Republicans, so I want to make that clear,” Biden said during remarks to the Democratic National Committee. “The MAGA Republicans control the Republican party right now, and that’s self-evident.”
Biden’s previous statements saw House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the president “vilified” tens of millions of US citizens who supported Trump and the GOP. He also accused him of choosing to “divide, demean and disparage his fellow Americans.”
In his first political rally speech ahead of the November midterm elections, Biden denounced Trump-allied Republicans and compared the MAGA movement to “semi-fascism“.
Additionally, Democrats believe that making Trump a central theme of the midterm elections will harm Republicans’ chances of regaining control of Congress.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the US President condemned Trump and MAGA Republicans for “representing an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic,” accusing them of “not respecting the Constitution.”
“MAGA forces are determined to take this country backwards. Backwards to an America where there is no right to choose, no right to privacy, no right to contraception, no right to marry who you love,” the Democrat President said.
Inevitable civil war looms on the horizon
This comes as Americans are feeling quite pessimistic about the future of the country, as almost half of them think that a civil war could break out soon.
More than two-fifths of US citizens consider a civil war inevitable in the next 10 years, a figure that rises to more than half among self-identified “strong Republicans.”
The findings of YouGov and the Economist research follow similar results in previous polls.
US Senator Lindsey Graham warned on Sunday of “riots in the streets” if former US President Trump faces charges over his handling of documents found when the FBI searched his Mar-a-Lago home.
Eyeing the US’ long history of political violence and assassination, current rising radicalism and fighting words increase jagged political division and explicitly warn of inevitable political violence.