Self-Identified ‘MAGA Republicans’ Push Back Against Biden’s Divisive Rhetoric

As the midterm elections approach, President Joe Biden seems determined to continue his unabated attacks on Republicans who support his predecessor.

In a speech on Thursday, the president used a variety of politically charged phrases to portray “MAGA Republicans” as a danger to society. The following day, he tweeted: “Donald Trump and MAGA Republicans are a threat to the very soul of this country.”

Despite campaigning as someone who would unite a deeply fractured nation, Biden has engaged in a persistent effort to divide voters along strictly ideological lines.

“Equality and democracy are under assault,” he claimed during his most recent partisan speech. “We do ourselves no favors to pretend otherwise.”

Biden went on to claim that “MAGA Republicans have made their choice,” portraying millions of conservative Americans as extremists who “embrace anger” and “thrive on chaos.”

Referencing Trump voters specifically, he declared: “They live not in the light of truth but in the shadow of lies.”

A number of high-profile Republicans reacted to the speech by denouncing the divisive rhetoric and even embracing the “MAGA” label that Biden attempted to use as a pejorative.

Conservative commentator Jack Posobiec, for example, tweeted: “I am a MAGA American and I’m not apologizing for it.”

For his part, right-wing writer and strategist wanted to know exactly what Biden found so extreme about the “MAGA” agenda.

In addition to the content of his speech, a number of critics also expressed distaste over the setting of Biden’s address. As Town Hall reporter Mia Cathell noted: “Nothing screams unity like a backdrop of blood red lighting and Marines positioned behind Biden as he shouts with raised clenched fists from the podium.”

Even some in the mainstream media seemed to have a problem with the optics.

“There’s nothing unusual or wrong with a President delivering a political speech — it’s inherent in the job description — but doing it against a backdrop of two Marines standing at attention and the Marine Band is a break with White House traditions,” wrote CNN’s Jeff Zeleny.

Ed O’Keefe of CBS News echoed that sentiment, writing: “The president spoke tonight on the grounds of a national park, flanked by US Marines, and took direct, specific aim at his predecessor and members of the Republican Party. Another thing we don’t see everyday.”