Biden calls Trump ‘maga king’, vows to push past GOP contradictions

CHICAGO ( Associated Press) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday dubbed his predecessor, Donald Trump, the “great MAGA king” and continued scathing criticism against Republicans ahead of midterm elections that could hurt Democrats.

“I think it’s important that, as we move forward, you’ll hear me talking about not only what we’ve done, but what they’re trying to do,” the president said one evening. told the Democratic fundraiser crowd. In a hotel in Chicago.

The party that controls the presidency usually loses seats during the next election and with inflation. After reaching its highest level in 40 years, Biden’s party could see its control of Congress coming to an end in November. To try to counter this, Biden has begun to denounce “ultra-maga” Republicans in recent days. – A reference to Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan.

He told the fundraiser that the Democratic National Committee is already devoting more time and money to fueling differences between his party and the GOP, saying “we have to make sure we keep this clear distinction on both sides.” “

The president also said he had not done enough to boost his administration’s achievements, including a $1 trillion, bipartisan infrastructure package approved by Congress.

“I think one of the things we have to do is not talk about what we’ve done – we don’t do that enough and that’s my fault,” he said.

But Biden also said, “How outrageous are some of the things that former President Trump did and said, I think we found ourselves in a position where it was almost, ‘How could this be?’ ‘How is it possible?'”

When one attendee’s cell phone rang, the president joked: “I know this is Trump calling. He always does.”

His remarks at the fundraiser followed a speech earlier on Thursday in which Biden introduced a new nickname for Trump, who himself enjoys often unflattering monikers on political opponents.

“Under my predecessor – the great MAGA king – he was president every year at a loss,” he told the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers conference, which was also being held in Chicago. “The first year of my presidency, the first year, I reduced the deficit.”

During the convention and fundraiser, Biden also reiterated recent criticisms of Republican Florida Sen. Rick Scott’s 11-point plan. It was issued in February and suggests implementing a modest tax increase on the lowest-paid Americans, opening the door to cuts in Social Security and Medicare.

“I call it the ultra-mega plan, the Make America Great Again plan,” Biden said at the union convention. On the fundraiser he struck a similar note, “I guess we have to explain how radical this is… so people are reminded what’s at stake here.”

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