White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre doubled down on President Joe Biden calling Republicans “semi-fascists” during a Friday press briefing.
“You look at the definition of fascism and you think about what they’re doing in attacking our democracy, what they are doing in taking away our freedoms…our voting rights,” Jean-Pierre said during the briefing.
Biden made the remarks Thursday during a Democratic National Committee fundraiser held at a Montgomery County, Maryland, high school.
“It’s not hyperbole, now you need to vote to literally save democracy again,” Biden said.
Biden has labeled former President Donald Trump a threat to democracy in private, according to an April report by tTe New York Times that noted he also expressed a desire for Attorney General Merrick Garland to act more aggressively against his predecessor.
Jean-Pierre disputed the notion that Biden was disrespecting the Americans who voted for Trump in 2020.
“I think he was pretty clear and he was very powerful last night,” Jean-Pierre said. “Look, what the President said last night was that when it comes to MAGA Republicans, when it comes to the extreme ultra wing of Republicans, they are attacking democracy, right?”
Republicans and conservatives criticized Biden’s comments.
“Despicable. Biden forced Americans out of their jobs, transferred money from working families to Harvard lawyers, and sent our country into a recession while families can’t afford gas and groceries,” Republican National Committee spokesman Nathan Brand told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “Democrats don’t care about suffering Americans – they never did.”
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