Biden doubles down against GOP 'extremism' while campaigning in Florida

The president has previously employed comparably bellicose rhetoric against his political opponents, most notably during his "Soul of the Nation" speech earlier this year.

Updated: November 1, 2022 - 10:13pm

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President Joe Biden, while campaigning Tuesday in Florida for Democratic Senate candidate Val Demings, doubled down on accusations of "extremism" within the Republican Party.

Speaking at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, the president echoed rhetoric from his fellow Democrats who have attempted to brand former President Donald Trump and his supporters as a "threat to democracy."

"Folks, this ain't your father's Republican Party. This is a different breed of cat," Biden said, per The Hill. "Their extremism isn't limited to social programs and the economy. They're coming after your right to vote and who gets to count the votes. For real. You’ve got 350 or so election deniers on the ballot, on the Republican ticket. This is really deadly earnest, man."

Biden's mention of "election deniers" refers to the establishment media's catch-all term for anyone espousing election integrity concerns, however substantiated, in particular relation to the 2020 presidential election.

The president has previously employed comparably bellicose rhetoric against his political opponents, most notably during his "Soul of the Nation" speech earlier this year, during which he likened the MAGA movement to "semi-fascism."

"MAGA Republicans do not respect the Constitution," he said. "They do not believe in the rule of law. They do not recognize the will of the people They refuse to accept the results of a free election... They promote authoritarian leaders and they fan the flames of political violence that are a threat to our personal rights, to the pursuit of justice, to the rule of law, to the very soul of this country."

"What we’re seeing now is the beginning or the death knell of an extreme MAGA philosophy... It's not just Trump, it's the entire philosophy that underpins the – I'm going to say something, it's like semi-fascism," he asserted at the time.

Despite media cooperation in pushing such a narrative, polling has found that an overwhelming portion of Americans, 84%, instead view the media as a threat to democracy. While 25% called the media a "minor threat," a further 59% labelled it a "major threat" to democracy, in a New York Times/Siena College poll conducted earlier this year.

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