President Joe Biden on Wednesday escalated his rhetorical attacks on the Republican Party and rebuked former President Donald Trump’s enduring grip on the GOP.
“This MAGA crowd is really the most extreme political organization that’s existed in American history, in recent American history,” Biden told reporters at the White House, referring to Trump’s “Make America Great Again” movement.
In prepared remarks on the economy, Biden also referenced Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) by name, criticizing his “11 Point Plan to Rescue America” — which proposed, in part, raising income taxes on low-income Americans.
Scott, the chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, unveiled his conservative campaign blueprint in February. But the messaging document was quickly rejected even by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and fellow Republicans, who viewed it as detrimental to GOP candidates across the country.
Speaking at the White House, Biden described his personal economic philosophy as “in sharp contrast to what today’s Republican Party is offering — and if they hadn’t put this in print, you’d think I was making it up.”
“Senator Rick Scott of Florida … released what he calls the ultra-MAGA agenda. It’s a MAGA agenda all right,” Biden said. “Let me tell you about this ultra-MAGA agenda. It’s extreme, as most MAGA things are.”
Biden’s remarks underscore broader efforts by Democrats — who are facing significant political headwinds ahead of the midterm elections in November — to highlight Scott’s unpopular economic proposals and Republicans’ emphasis on divisive cultural politics.
“This is the MAGA party now. … These guys are a different breed of cat,” Biden said in Seattle earlier this month. “They’re not like what I served with for so many years. And the people who know better are afraid to act correctly, because they know they’ll be primaried.”
In recent months, Republican-controlled states have approved numerous laws regulating the teaching of critical race theory, targeting transgender rights and restricting abortion access.
Meanwhile, Trump’s strength within the Republican Party has shown no sign of diminishing. His preferred candidate in Ohio’s open Senate race, J.D. Vance, won the contentious GOP primary on Tuesday in what was widely viewed as an early test of the former president’s political staying power.
On Wednesday, Biden also reiterated his concerns about the Supreme Court draft majority opinion — published by POLITICO on Monday — that would strike down Roe v. Wade. Such a ruling, he warned, would endanger other fundamental rights related to Americans’ privacy.
“What happens if you have states change the law saying that children who are LGBTQ can’t be in classrooms with other children?” Biden said. “Is that legit under the way the decision is written? What are the next things that are going to be attacked?”