The White House on Wednesday pushed again in opposition to GOP criticism that President Joe Biden has deserted his promise to unify the nation following his condemnation of “extreme” Republicans.
During the day by day press briefing, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre singled out a number of Republican lawmakers who’ve endorsed violence as examples of a harmful sample of right-wing rhetoric. She stated the president’s messaging in opposition to this type of habits has been “consistent.”
“Rep. Paul Gosar has posted videos depicting him attacking the President and members of Congress,” Jean-Pierre stated. “Marjorie Taylor Greene has publicly expressed support for shooting prominent Democratic elected officials and suggesting physically assaulting transgender school officials.”
Jean-Pierre additionally named Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) who has pushed baseless election fraud allegations and warned of “bloodshed,” and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. The Republican governor called Anthony Fauci, Biden’s chief medical adviser, a “little elf” and stated he must be chucked “across the Potomac.”
“There has been a consistent callout from the president about what he’s seeing from an extreme part of — of this party, of the Republican Party. And historians, I would argue, would say the same,” Jean-Pierre stated.
Last week, Biden stated Trump’s Make America Great Again motion was akin to “semi-fascism,” urging folks to return to the polls in November.
“What we’re seeing now, is either the beginning or the death knell of an extreme MAGA philosophy,” Biden stated at a Democratic fundraiser in Maryland. “It’s not just Trump, it’s the entire philosophy that underpins the … I’m going to say something: It’s like semi-fascism.”
Republicans didn’t reply effectively to Biden’s criticism, with New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) demanding an apology and accusing Biden of “trying to stir up this anti-Republican sentiment right before the election.”
Jean-Pierre burdened that Biden’s feedback didn’t apply to each single Republican, providing up Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) for example of a conservative who doesn’t subscribe to extremist ideology.
The press secretary went on to name Trump an “authoritarian figure” and added that Biden gained’t draw back from taking a stand in opposition to language that incites violence.
The White House has lately gone on the offensive to tout the administration’s file, together with the passage of main laws just like the Inflation Reduction Act, but in addition to current a distinction with the Republican Party’s most excessive voices.
The Biden administration used the White House Twitter account to name out hypocrisy by Republican lawmakers who condemned Biden’s scholar mortgage forgiveness plan however benefited from Paycheck Protection Program mortgage forgiveness throughout the pandemic.