Biden asks Republicans to avoid ‘MAGA’ in November, vote Democrat

ROCKVILLE, Maryland, Aug 25 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden had harsh words to describe Trump-allied Republicans on Thursday as he held his first political rally ahead of the November election, accusing the group of of embracing violence and hatred, and saying they slid into “semi-fascism” during a previous fundraising stop.

Biden, who is embarking on a coast-to-coast tour, is seeking to lend his support to Democratic candidates and prevent those Republicans from taking control of Congress by touting the stark differences between America’s two main parties and calling on voters independents and republicans to help.

“It’s not hyperbole now, you have to vote to literally save democracy again,” Biden told a crowd of several thousand at a Democratic National Committee event at Richard Montgomery High School in a suburb of Washington. Maryland to Washington.

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“America must choose. You must choose. Whether our country moves forward or backwards,” he said.

“Trump and the extreme Republicans of MAGA have made their choice – to go back full of anger, violence, hatred and division,” he said, warning that they would “refuse to accept the will of the people “.

Since the January 6, 2021 attacks on the US Capitol, some Donald Trump supporters have repeated his lie that the 2020 election was stolen and have threatened election workers.

In Montgomery County, Maryland, where more than 78% of voters chose Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in 2020, Biden was the scene of calling on “Democrats, Independents and mainstream Republicans” to unite to commit to the future.

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

Walking around with a handheld microphone, Biden detailed the uproar facing the United States and the world from climate change. He spoke about economic upheaval and the future of China and strongly criticized the leadership of the Republican Party.

“We are now witnessing 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.

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Republicans are hoping to overcome voter dissatisfaction with inflation, questions about Biden’s policies and cultural resentment from his overwhelmingly white base in November’s victory, and they have history on their side. The party that controls the White House typically loses seats in Congress in a new president’s first midterm elections, and political analysts predict that Republicans have a good chance of taking control of the House of Representatives and eventually of the Senate.

Democrats hold only a slim majority in the House, while the Senate is split evenly, with the vice president’s tie-breaking 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 heighten questions about whether Biden should run for re-election in 2024 or hand over to a younger generation.

But Biden and his team are increasingly hopeful that a series of recent legislative successes and voter outrage over the Supreme Court’s reversal of the 1973 ruling that recognized women’s constitutional right to abortion will generate strong turnout from Democrats.

The announcement this week that Biden would use an executive order to provide student loan debt relief has led lawmakers and GOP activists to criticize it as a document. But on Thursday, the White House noted on Twitter that everyone had received much larger debt forgiveness under the coronavirus pandemic “PPP” loan program.

The rally in Maryland was promoted by groups including women’s health care provider Planned Parenthood and anti-gun violence activists Moms Demand, as Democrats build on a new gun safety law. fire and Republican-backed abortion bans to improve their medium-term prospects.

Democrats want Biden’s trip to boost the president’s low poll numbers and draw attention to his accomplishments. But some congressional candidates worry that campaigning with Biden could hurt them in the Nov. 8 election. Read more

Biden, whose latest approval rating is 41%, polls lower than most, if not all, Democratic candidates in competitive races, often in the double digits, Democratic pollsters said. Read more

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

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