Joe Biden rarely mentions his predecessor’s name in his speeches, Joe Biden saying, “What we’re seeing right now is either the beginning or the death knell of extreme MAGA philosophy. It’s not just Trump. It is a complete vision.”
Trump’s invention, the “Make America Great Again” philosophy, was described by Biden as “quasi-fascism” to his Democratic audience. At another campaign event in the state of Maryland a day later, he said: “I respect conservative Republicans. I don’t respect these MAGA Republicans.”
Attack Division from the White House
Since then, the US has debated whether the attack was tactical or not. Critics point to a statement Hillary Clinton made during her 2016 presidential campaign. He described half of Trump’s supporters as “a basket of misery,” a group of pitiful people. “They are racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic,” she said at the time. Clinton herself wrote in her book What Happened that this sentence was one of the reasons for her election defeat.
But that was six years ago. Much has happened in the United States since then. Trumpists have become more radical. Right-wing groups such as the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers and Patriot Front are spreading fear. The attack on the Capitol and the many ongoing investigations into former President Donald Trump are main political topics almost every day. Reason enough for many of Joe Biden’s supporters to finally speak frankly.
Indeed, there is a new quality to the words of the US President. Conciliator Joe Biden, who has always sought respect for all, explains that he has no respect for quasi-fascists. For some, this is definitely a necessary matter. For others, it is a disgrace that can further divide the country. But it seems the decision has been made in the White House: For Biden and his Democrats, the time for cautious concern and reconciliation is over. Suddenly backed by better polling numbers, they turn to the attack. Approval for Biden rose to 42 percent in a matter of weeks, from 37.5 percent in July.
What Biden means with his neoclassical “quasi-fascism” should be familiar to anyone who follows the development of the Republican Party. The Grand Old Party (GOP) is modeled for their chief, Donald Trump. Never in his history has any character dominated him like this. Dissidents such as conservative but Trump-critic Liz Cheney are mercilessly plowed and replaced by Trumpists.