Biden’s speech: At a campaign event, President Joe Biden painted Donald Trump supporters as “full of anger, violence, hate, and division,” claiming their “philosophy” is “like semi-fascism.” Shortly after, Biden’s spokesperson told the press that “MAGA Republicans” fit “the definition of fascism.”
“You look at the definition of fascism and you think about what they’re doing in attacking our democracy, what they’re doing and taking away our freedoms, wanting to take away our rights, our voting rights, I mean, that is what that is. It is very clear.”
- White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre
Evolution of this theme: Accusations of fascism against Trump and his allies thrived in left-wing media throughout his campaign and presidency. By echoing the rhetoric, the White House has elevated it to the highest levels of leadership in America, using it against an entire group of Republicans, not just Trump.
Meanwhile, critics of the administration argue that Trump is actually the victim of fascist behavior by the administration, including censorship and an unprecedented and nontransparent raid by the federal government.
Big picture: As multiple left-wing commentators, politicians, and the Democratic National Committee stand behind Biden’s latest comments, it’s clear that the president, who campaigned on unifying the country, has succeeded in setting the divisive tone for his party’s strategy ahead of the midterm elections.