White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has defended the comparison made by President Biden about the “MAGA” wing of the Republican Party resembling “semi-fascism.” On Wednesday she even called out Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.) for the latter’s recent statements which expressed support for physically assaulting transgender school officials. DeSantis also made a controversial statement when he suggested physical assault against Dr. [Anthony] Fauci.
DeSantis is currently considered to be one of the top potential contenders for the 2024 Presidential nomination of the Republican party if former President Trump doesn’t run.
During a fundraiser event in Maryland hosted by the Democratic National Committee (DNC), President Biden compared “extreme MAGA philosophy” and the slogans they use to “semi-fascism.”
In her statements on Wednesday, Jean-Pierre also criticized Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) for the video being posted “depicting him attacking the president and members of Congress” and Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) because of the allegations of a rigged election system that allows elections to be stolen.
However, Biden has also received backlash for his comparison to fascism with New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu requesting that Biden issue an apology.
Jean-Pierre also maintained that Biden differentiates between the Republicans who follow the Ultra-MAGA ideology and those in the GOP who don’t. For example, Biden himself said Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, is not part of that ultra-MAGA ideology. Hogan is set to retire in 2023, he has previously criticized both Trump as well as many of the Trump-endorsed candidates.