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GOP Gov. Chris Sununu Demands Biden Apology Over ‘Semi-Fascism’ Comment

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) on Sunday demanded an apology from Joe Biden after the president criticized a wing of the Republican Party for embracing authoritarianism.

“The fact that the president would go out and just insult half of America [and] effectively call half of America semi-fascist,” Sununu mentioned on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “He’s trying to stir up controversy. He’s trying to stir up this anti-Republican sentiment right before the election. It’s horribly inappropriate.”

Biden, talking at a Democratic fundraiser in Maryland final week, referred to as out “extreme” Republicans that ascribe to what he referred to as the “ultra MAGA agenda,” referring to former President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” mantra.

“What we’re seeing now, is either the beginning or the death knell of an extreme MAGA philosophy,” Biden mentioned. “It’s not just Trump, it’s the entire philosophy that underpins the ― I’m going to say something, it’s like semi-fascism.”

Biden has criticized the GOP’s slide towards extremism earlier than, however his newest remark marked a sharpened tone for a president in search of to defend his celebration’s slim congressional majorities in November’s midterm elections.

Prominent Trump supporters weren’t pleased with the comparison to authoritarians, whereas some on the left argued Biden ought to drop the qualifier and name loyal Trump supporters full-blown fascists over their help for overturning free and honest elections.

“They double down on division. They use fear. They call Republicans names, and I think the American people are really sick of it right now,” Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel said Monday throughout an interview on Fox News in response to Biden’s feedback.

Republicans aren’t above name-calling and fear-mongering, both. GOP politicians usually use labels like “socialists” and “communists” as catch-alls for members of the Democratic Party and their insurance policies.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) not too long ago mentioned the nation is managed by “Marxist crazies and laptop liberals,” whereas Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) appeared to welcome the distinction drawn by Biden.

“The communists have always called their enemies ‘fascists,’” Cruz tweeted.

Sununu on Sunday conceded there are “elements of fascism and white supremacy” within the U.S., however he argued that Biden’s feedback did nothing however add to the polarization.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, one other average Republican governor, equally acknowledged in a Sunday interview on CBS {that a} pressure of authoritarianism exists throughout the GOP.

“I’ve been talking about the toxic politics and if Republicans are calling Democrats socialists and communists and we have the president of the United States calling Republicans fascist, I don’t think it adds to the overall discussion,” Hogan added on “Face the Nation.”

But defeated Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers (R) didn’t maintain again, warning final week that the Constitution is “hanging by a thread” within the face of Trump and his supporters’ efforts to overturn elections.

“The thought that if you don’t do what we like, then we will just get rid of you and march on and do it ourselves ― that to me is fascism,” Bowers, a religious Republican who supported Trump’s 2016 presidential marketing campaign, informed The Guardian final week.

“The funny thing is, I always thought it would be the other guys. And it’s my side. That just rips at my heart: that we would be the people who would surrender the Constitution in order to win an election. That just blows my mind,” he added.

Bowers lost his Republican major race for a state Senate seat early this month after he refused to attempt to toss out Arizona’s votes for Biden in an effort to reverse the end result of the 2020 election.

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