Newsmax reports that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) recently called upon President Joe Biden to apologize for calling supporters of former President Donald Trump’s make America great again (MAGA) agenda “semi-fascist.”
In case you missed it, Biden made the comment on Aug. 25 at a Democrat fundraiser in Maryland.
“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.”
McCarthy called for Biden to apologize just ahead of the speech that Biden gave in Philadelphia on Thursday, the one in which the president went further after MAGA supporters.
McCarthy, in a speech of his own, said that the “first lines out of [Biden’s] mouth [should] be to apologize for slandering tens of millions of Americans as fascists.”
“In the past two years, Joe Biden has launched an assault on the soul of America, on its people, on its laws, on its most sacred values. He has launched an assault on our democracy, his policies have severely wounded America’s soul, diminished America’s spirit, and betrayed America’s trust.
Biden chooses a different direction
Biden, on Thursday, went in the complete opposite direction of the one suggested by McCarthy. Instead of apologizing, he further attacked MAGA supporters.
“Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our Republic. MAGA Republicans do not respect the Constitution,” Biden said.
He continued, “they do not believe in the rule of the law. They do not recognize the will of the people. They refuse to accept the results of a free election.”
The criticism, and Biden’s response
Biden has received much backlash for these divisive speeches and statements. He has even received some criticism from the political left, including the Washington Post.
The White House has, by and large, supported Biden’s statements. But, after the latest criticism, Biden, himself, attempted to walk back some of what he said, saying, “I don’t consider any Trump supporter to be a threat to the country.
Still, it doesn’t look as though that apology that McCarthy called for is coming any time soon.