On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was unable to explain how and if President Biden differentiates between the average Republican voter and what he calls “ultra-MAGA” Republicans.
“When it comes to voters, how does the President differentiate between the ultra-MAGA folks who he sees as an extremist threat to democracy and the average GOP voter?” a reporter asked.
“So… um… Can’t talk about voters from here as you know. I just need to say that, right? Just to be clear,” Jean-Pierre said. “I mean, the President has been — has been really clear about the leadership — right? — the MAGA Republicans in leadership. They’re the ones who have the platform. They’re the ones who — again, the extremist part of the Republican Party; they’re the ones who, you know, folks listen to in their own party.”
“And by inciting violence, by trying to take away — they’re the ones who are the legislators and trying to take away our rights, trying to take away our freedoms. And that’s who the President is speaking to. Right? He’s being very targeted in that way and calling that out and saying, you know, ‘We can’t allow our democracy to be attacked in this way,’” she added. “And they have a responsibility — right? — they have a responsibility in how they’re doing their business on behalf of their constituents.”
Jean-Pierre went on to repeatedly claim that Biden has been clear and that she is being clear on their answer to the question without actually answering the question.
"When it comes to voters, how does the president differentiate between the 'ultra MAGA' folks…and the average GOP voter?"
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Last week, President Biden said that former President Trump’s philosophy is “semi-fascism,” and added that nearly all Republicans fall under the same semi-fascist philosophy.
“What we’re seeing now is either the beginning or the death knell of extreme MAGA philosophy,” Biden said. “It’s not just Trump, it’s the entire philosophy that underpins the — I’m going to say something, it’s like semi-fascism.”
Later, Biden added: “I respect conservative Republicans. I don’t respect these MAGA Republicans.”
“There are not many real Republicans anymore,” Biden said.