Biden lashes out at ‘MAGA’ Republicans as embracing hate at rally in Maryland

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ROCKVILLE, Maryland, Aug. 25 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday had harsh words to describe Trump-aligned Republicans as he held his first political rally ahead of the November election, accusing the group of embracing violence and hatred, saying that at an earlier money-raising stop they were going towards “semi-fascism.”

Biden, who is embarking on a coast-to-coast tour, wants to lend his support to Democratic candidates and prevent Republicans from taking control of Congress by touting the stark differences between the two major US parties.

“It’s no exaggeration now that you have to vote to literally save democracy again,” Biden told a crowd of several thousand with an overcapacity of several thousand at a Democratic National Committee event at Richard Montgomery High School in a suburb of New York. Maryland in Washington.

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“America has to choose. You have to choose. Whether our country is moving forward or backward,” he said.

“Trump and the extreme MAGA Republicans have made their choice — to step back full of anger, violence, hatred and division,” he said, as Democrats have chosen to be a nation of unity and hope.

The event was promoted by groups including women’s health agency Planned Parenthood and anti-gun violence activists Moms Demand, while Democrats lean on a new gun safety law and Republican-backed abortion bans to improve their medium-term prospects. Montgomery County in Maryland voted more than 78% for Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in 2020.

Before the meeting, Biden met with Democratic donors for a $1 million fundraiser in a backyard in a leafy neighborhood north of Washington.

Walking with a portable microphone, Biden described the turmoil facing the United States and the world as a result of climate change. He spoke about economic turmoil and the future of China and was highly critical of the Republican Party’s direction.

“We are now seeing either the beginning or the death knell of an extreme MAGA agenda,” Biden said, referring to former President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan. “It’s not just Trump… it’s almost semi-fascism,” he said.

The Republicans hope to lead voters’ discontent with inflation to victory in November, and they have history on their side. The party that controls the White House usually loses seats in Congress in a new president’s first midterm elections, and political analysts predict Republicans have a solid chance of taking control of the House of Representatives and possibly the Senate. .

Democrats have only a thin majority in the House, while the Senate is evenly split, with the vice president’s decisive power giving Democrats control.

Republican control of one or both chambers could thwart Biden’s legislative agenda for the second half of his four-year term. Heavy losses could also raise the question of whether Biden, 79, should run for re-election in 2024 or hand over to a younger generation.

But Biden and his team are increasingly hopeful that a string of recent legislative successes and voter outrage over the Supreme Court’s overturn of the 1973 ruling recognizing women’s constitutional right to abortion will generate a high turnout among Democrats. .

Democrats want Biden’s trip to boost the president’s poor polls and draw attention to his achievements. But some Congressional candidates worry that campaigning with Biden will hurt them in the November 8 election. read more

Biden, whose latest approval rate is 41%, scores lower than most, if not all, Democratic candidates in competitive races, often by double digits, Democratic pollsters said. read more

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Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Leslie Adler and Rosalba O’Brien

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