WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- President Joe Biden labeled former President Donald Trump “the great MAGA king” during a conference on Thursday.
- Biden pointed out that the deficit increased throughout his predecessor’s presidency, while he reduced it during his first year.
- The president repeatedly called Republicans “ultra-MAGA,” implying that they are all extreme supporters of Trump and his agenda.
President Joe Biden called former President Donald Trump “the great MAGA king” as he continued to sharply criticize Republicans ahead of the upcoming midterm elections.
The president made the remarks on Thursday at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers conference in Chicago.
He stated, “Under my predecessor — the great MAGA king — the deficit increased every single year he was president. The first year of my presidency, the first year, I reduced the deficit.”
Speaking on Wednesday night at a Democratic fundraiser in Chicago, he remarked, “I think it’s important that, as we go forward, you’re gonna hear me talking more about not only what we’ve done, but what they’re trying to do.”
The upcoming midterms could be a struggle for Democrats, given that the trend shows losses for the new president’s party in the next election. Record-high prices, among other issues, have also made voters more critical of the Biden administration.
The president has been trying to counter these issues by shifting the focus to Republicans, whom he has started labeling as “ultra-MAGA,” implying that they are all extreme supporters of Trump and his “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan.
Biden repeatedly criticized the 11-point plan of Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), which suggests imposing a modest tax increase on many of the lowest-paid Americans while cutting Social Security and Medicare.
He called the plan the “ultra-MAGA plan” during the union conference. He made similar remarks during the fundraiser, saying, “I think we have to point out how radical it is … so people are reminded what’s at stake here.”
Biden said that the Democratic National Committee has been highlighting the differences between his party and the GOP, explaining the need for a “clear contrast on either side.” He added that his administration’s accomplishments should also be highlighted, such as the $1 trillion, bipartisan infrastructure package approved by Congress last fall.
The president remarked, “One of the things that I think we have to do is not just talk about what we’ve done — we don’t do that enough and that’s my fault. Because of how outrageous some of the things that former President Trump has done and said, I think we found ourselves in the position where it was almost like, ‘How could that happen?’ ‘How could that be?’”