President Joe Biden lashed out at the “MAGA crowd” and supporters of former President Donald Trump on Wednesday. The harsh and derogatory disparagement against tens of millions of Americans prodded former Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard to condemn President Biden.
On Wednesday, Biden suggested that the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade was a slippery slope.
Biden proposed a hypothetical situation, “What happens if you have states change the law saying that children who are LGBTQ can’t be in classrooms with other children?”
President Biden told reporters at the White House, “Is that legit under the way the decision is written? What are the next things that are going to be attacked?”
“Because this MAGA crowd is really the most extreme political organization that’s existed in American history, in recent American history,” Biden said, making a reference to Trump’s “Make America Great Again” movement.
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Some are comparing Biden’s insults against millions of Americans to Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” remark that she made leading up to the 2016 presidential election.
“You know, just to be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables,” Clinton said at an LGBT-centered fundraiser. “The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it. And unfortunately, there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.”
CNN host Michael Smerconish warned that Biden risks suffering backlash to attack Americans in the same way that Clinton did.
“I think that that backfired on her,” Smerconish said of Clinton’s comments. “I think that she regretted it. I think it became a rallying cry. You remember there was merchandise, there was merch at the time. People were wearing T-shirts proudly proclaiming that they were part of the deplorables.”
Smerconish noted that “it’s a fine line” to besmirch fellow Americans who may not vote the way you want them to.
Gabbard was incensed by Biden’s incendiary remarks and slammed the president during an appearance on Fox News’ “Hannity.”
“When you look at the President of the United States of America calling millions of Americans, essentially terrorists, people who politically opposed him or voted against him, he’s calling them terrorists in an attempt to intimidate them into silence. And we know this because we’ve heard this before from both him and his attorney general.”
Gabbard pointed to the Justice Department’s newly-formed “Domestic Terrorism Unit” that will target the “elevated threat from domestic violent extremists.”
“You remember when his attorney general said, you know, anyone who holds extremist or anti-authority views will be targeted for investigation and potential prosecution by their domestic terrorist unit,” Gabbard said. “So he’s essentially saying that this, quote-unquote ‘MAGA’ crowd are worse than terrorists. This is outrageous.”
“And so for every American who’s watching, every American who’s seen this, no matter how you feel about the MAGA crowd, this is an authoritarian assault on our freedom,” the former Democratic congresswoman from Hawaii proclaimed. “And we need to stand together very strongly against this attempt to intimidate and silence anyone who holds political views that are different from or opposed to what this president and his administration are furthering. This is an assault on our democracy.”
Tulsi Gabbard rips Biden’s comments on the MAGA crowd: ‘Outrageous’
In January, Gabbard trashed Biden for “pouring fuel on the fire of divisiveness.”
“Biden promised to unite our country,” Gabbard wrote on Twitter. “Instead he betrayed us, pouring fuel on the fire of divisiveness, tearing our country apart. Biden compares those who disagree with him to racists, traitors & enemies, & has his AG target Americans as domestic terrorists. Unfit to lead.”
One of Biden’s most consistent messages during the 2020 presidential campaign was “unity.”
“Unity” took center stage during Biden’s inaugural speech.
“History, faith, and reason show the way, the way of unity,” Biden said. “We can see each other, not as adversaries, but as neighbors. We can treat each other with dignity and respect. We can join forces, stop the shouting, and lower the temperature. For without unity, there is no peace, only bitterness and fury.”
“No progress, only exhausting outrage. No nation, only a state of chaos. This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge, and unity is the path forward,” Biden declared.