After months of low approval ratings, President Joe Biden is coming back stronger than ever on the campaign trail ahead of the midterms in November. After passing two monumental bills that will benefit the environment, reduce inflation, and alleviate student loan debts, Biden’s last public appearance proved that he would no longer tolerate the extremist agenda of MAGA Conservatives. He spoke at a Democratic National Committee Rally in Maryland yesterday in front of a crowd of supporters and a “Building A Better America” sign next to his podium, countering Trump’s signature “Make America Great Again” slogan.
One of the most radical political shifts that have taken place since the election of Donald Trump in 2016 is the alteration of the Republican party, in which “MAGA” Republicans don’t primarily emphasize traditional Republican values and rather preach the far-right agenda that Trump has ingrained into them over the past six years. Biden shared this sentiment with the Maryland crowd, establishing the distinction between the Republican party we once knew and the evolution that has now taken place in a post-Trump era of politics, with the President saying, “Trump and the extreme Maga Republicans have made their choice – to go backward full of anger, violence, hate, and division.”
While Biden has been criticized throughout his presidency for being an extremely moderate Democratic president, his most recent statements regarding Trump and his followers were surprisingly bold, with the most remarkable statement of the DNC event being Biden’s claim that “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.” The political climate that Trump has created, resulting in a societal regression that reignited ideas of sexism, racism, homophobia, and more in millions of Americans, has permanently stunted the positive growth that we began to see within the US during the Obama Administration.
In spite of the literary faux pas of including a Webster Dictionary definition in any work, the official definition of fascism is contextually beneficial in examining the parallels between Trump’s America and a fascist regime, which is “a political system headed by a dictator in which the government controls business and labor and opposition is not permitted.” Considering the Jan. 6th insurrection that is currently being investigated— in which Trump literally refused to accept that he lost the presidential election and encouraged his supporters to storm the capitol building— Biden’s assessment of the MAGA philosophy as only “semi” fascist is frankly generous.