Catching Republicans being hypocritical has completely lost any sporting challenge. It happens on such a regular basis that a blind archer could hit it after being spun around until dizzy.
The latest example of the GOP’s stridently artificial outrage was revealed in their reaction to recent remarks by President Biden about what he has called the “Ultra-MAGA” Republican Party. When Republican politicians and pundits heard what he had to say, they rushed to distort his actually words, and to manufacture their alternative version. Because fidelity to reality has never been the right’s strength.
In a speech at a fundraising event, Biden expressed his view of the fiercely fanatical fear mongers who comprise so much of today’s Republicanism that is drenched in the hostility and ignorance of Donald Trump. Biden prefaced his remarks by explicitly narrowing them to the extremists in the GOP, saying that “I respect conservative Republicans. I don’t respect these MAGA Republicans.” Then he went on to address the uber-rightist faction of the party saying that…
“What we’re seeing now is either the beginning or the death knell of an extreme MAGA philosophy. It’s not just Trump, it’s the entire philosophy that underpins the – I’m going to say something – it’s like semi-fascism.”
Oh my! Now he’s done it. Republicans launched into their customary knee-jerk response mode, wherein they extended Biden’s narrowly intended comments to every member of the GOP. Never mind that Biden specifically directed his criticism to the “extreme MAGA philosophy.” He elaborated saying that…
“The MAGA Republicans don’t just threaten our personal and economic security. They’re a threat to our very democracy. They refuse to accept the will of the people. They embrace political violence. They don’t believe in democracy. This is why in this moment, those of you who love this country, Democrats, Independents, mainstream Republicans, we must be stronger, more determined, and more committed to saving America than the MAGA Republicans are to destroying America.”
"The MAGA Republicans…they're a threat to our very democracy. They refuse to accept the will of the people. They embrace political violence…We must be stronger, more determined, and more committed to saving America than the MAGA Republicans are destroying America." pic.twitter.com/un0m7LL6Gc
— CSPAN (@cspan) August 26, 2022
The only mistake Biden made in his speech was using the qualifier “semi.” There is nothing semi-fascist about inciting an insurrection. There is nothing semi-fascist about attempting to stage a coup and usurp power by undermining democracy. Their is nothing semi-fascist about pardoning your coup-plotting accomplices. There is nothing semi-fascist about suppressing the vote. There is nothing semi-fascist about demeaning the free press as the “enemy of the people.” There is nothing semi-fascist about stealing national security materials, hoarding them at your resort hotel/home in Florida, and lying to the FBI about it. And there is surely nothing semi-fascist about aspiring to authoritarianism and encouraging your cult disciples to support your tyrannical aspirations.
The disingenuous indignation emanating from the right is further negated by its sheer hypocrisy. While they are pretending to be mortally wounded by Biden’s deliberately narrow and irrefutable remarks, they seem to have forgotten all of their own far more offensive attacks on all Democrats and liberals. Republicans, including Trump, have disparaged everyone from Joe Biden to Joe Manchin as traitorous socialists, and even communists. Here are a couple of recent examples of the GOP putting their ignorance on display:
Marjorie Taylor Greene said “radical communist” Merrick Garland “needs to be fired.” pic.twitter.com/JshsAQdaOu
— PatriotTakes ?? (@patriottakes) August 27, 2022
The communists have always called their enemies “fascists.” https://t.co/hl0mUdyCTR
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 28, 2022
You know who else called their enemies fascist? Americans! It’s ironic that one of the right’s favorite bogeymen is an amorphous contingent of protesters that they have labeled “Antifa,” which is short for anti-fascist. So if Republicans are against that, are they admitting that they are pro-fascist?
One thing that Republicans can’t escape is that a majority of the American people are as disturbed by the MAGA Republican movement as Biden is. And this November could confirm that, so long as all voters are well informed and if Democrats turn out to vote in numbers equal to their composition of the electorate. That’s harder than it sounds, and requires hard work on behalf of patriots who want to save our democracy.
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