Republicans Flip Out Over Joe Biden’s Speech Slamming Election Deniers

by | Sep 2, 2022 | Politics

Republicans are very mad that President Joe Biden had the gall, in a prime-time speech on Thursday, to denounce Republicans who support the overturning of elections.Certain Republicans claim that Biden insulted “half the country” by calling on the nation to reject “MAGA Republicans” who subscribe to Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” philosophy and who refuse to accept the results of a free election.Advertisement“Joe Biden’s hate-filled and menacing rhetoric tonight was disgraceful,” Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) tweeted Thursday. “His behavior is increasingly erratic. And his threats against half the country ― his fellow citizens ― are dangerous.”House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Biden should “apologize for slandering tens of millions of Americans as fascists,” referring to Biden’s comments last week where he described the MAGA philosophy as “semi-fascism.”Both Hawley and McCarthy voted to overturn the 2020 presidential election after a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, despite no evidence of widespread fraud. They helped fan the flames of insurrection, and continue to support a man who attempted a coup.In his blistering speech in Philadelphia on Thursday, Biden laid out what he considers the key characteristics of MAGA Republicans.Advertisement“They do not believe in the rule of law,” Biden said. “They do not recognize the will of the people. They refuse to accept the results of a free election.”“They look at the mob that stormed the United States Capitol on January 6th — brutally attacking law enforcement — not as insurrectionists who placed a dagger to the throat of our democracy, but they look at them as patriots,” he said.Earlier on Thursday, Trump had illustrated Biden’s point by vowing that if he ran again for president in 2024 and won, he would strongly consider pardoning people who were convicted of crimes related to the riot at the U.S. Capitol. “I mean full pardons with an apology,” Trump said. Still, Biden sought to draw a distinction between the Republicans who he said present a threat to democracy, and those who do not because they respect the Constitution and disapprove of the Capitol riot.“Not every Republican, not even a majority of Republicans, are MAGA Republicans,” Biden said. “Not every Republican embraces their extreme ideology.”AdvertisementThe lighting of Biden’s speech, at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, prompted some conservatives to draw comparisons to Adolf Hitler and Satan.Alex Wong via Getty ImagesBut various Republicans are treating his speech as an affront to every person in their party. A majority of Republicans in Congress, after all, voted to overturn the 2020 election results even after rioters had trashed the Capitol. “Instead of trying to unite America, it was alarming to see President Biden effectively label half the country ― including millions of Alabamians ― as enemies of the state,” Alabama GOP Senate nominee Katie Britt tweeted. Some Republicans reacted to the speech by claiming that actually, Biden is the real fascist, because the FBI searched Trump’s Florida estate l …

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