In a show of party unity, the Democratic National Committee jump-started its midterm campaign in the Washington, D.C. suburbs Thursday evening, showcasing gubernatorial nominee Wes Moore and some of Maryland’s political heavy-hitters alongside President Joe Biden.
Party members took the opportunity to celebrate the Biden Administration’s greatest hits, like his approval of the landmark Inflation Reduction Act and his recent action on federal student loan forgiveness, but didn’t miss a chance to lambaste Republicans, many of whom remain loyal to former President Donald Trump and his policies.
Here are five key take-aways from Thursday night:
Biden: ‘I don’t respect these MAGA Republicans’
Biden repeatedly targeted Republican opponents and former President Donald Trump’s brand of politics, at one point saying his wing of the party was akin to “semi-fascism.”
“What we’re seeing now, is either the beginning or the death knell of an extreme MAGA philosophy,” Biden said at Richard Montgomery High School. “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 man who campaigned on his decades of experience and ability to bridge a gap between the White House and the Republican leaders in Congress lamented there “are not many real Republicans any more.”
He said he respects moderates like Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan as a “Republican you can deal with.”
”I respect conservative Republicans,” the president said. “I don’t respect these MAGA Republicans.”
One example he offered was around abortion access.
Biden told his Maryland audience Republicans will try to pass a nationwide ban on abortion if they win back the U.S. House and U.S. Senate.
”If MAGA Republicans win control of Congress, it won’t matter where you live,” Biden said, perhaps a reference to Maryland’s support of the right to an abortion. The state legislature last session expanded the number of health care providers who can offer the procedure. The state expects an influx of patients from states with laws against abortion.
Biden gets personal
More than 3,600 supporters showed up to the event in a county home to the largest voting block in the state — and one that gave Biden more than four times the number of votes it gave Trump in 2020.
With about 1,200 people spilling into two overflow rooms instead of making it into the gymnasium, Biden made surprise visits to both rooms.
“I just came down to say thank you,” Biden told one of the secondary crowds. “You’re very smart being in an overflow crowd because by the time I start to speak, you can leave.”
After a bit more back-and-forth with the audience, he posed for a group photo, bending down so everyone could fit in the frame.
After the main event in the gymnasium, Biden and Moore dropped down from the stage into the crowd and spent a while meeting voters and taking selfies as the crowd swarmed around them.
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Wes Moore onDan Cox: ‘A threat to the Constitution’
Democratic gubernatorial nominee Wes Moore drew a stark contrast between him and his opponent, conservative Republican Dan Cox — painting the race as one where not just policies, but also democratic norms, are on the ballot.
“He is a threat,” Army veteran Moore said after calling out Cox by name. “A threat to the Constitution that I swore to defend.”
The Democrat highlighted Cox’s strict anti-abortion views, his denial that the 2020 presidential election was fair and accurate, and his record of organizing buses to Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6, 2021 for President Donald Trump’s rally at the White House ahead of violence at the Capitol.
Patriotism, Moore said, is leading soldiers overseas in the military, as he did in Afghanistan — not attempting an insurrection. (Cox has said he did not participate in the violence at the Capitol.)
As he’s said since the day after he was named the Democratic nominee, Moore asked his supporters not to “underestimate” Cox even though many believe he stands little chance of winning over voters statewide in November.
“Maryland, this is our time. This is our decade. This is when Maryland is going to lead,” Moore said.
Here’s what still makes Biden angry
In his speech, Biden went on at length about the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) as he celebrated its provisions, while lambasting Republicans who all voted to oppose the bill.
He boasted about holding “big pharma” accountable, and he got visibly angry when talking about a provision eliminated at the last minute that would have capped all monthly insulin costs at $30 for diabetics.
“It affects thousands of people,” Biden yelled. “They ripped that out of the bill. But we’re coming back.”
Congressman Jaime Raskin quotes Frederick Douglass
U.S. Rep. Jaime Raskin, who represents Montgomery, Carroll and Frederick counties, gave an impassioned speech Thursday evening about the history and policy of the Democratic Party, receiving praise from Biden and U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. At points, applause from the audience was so loud parts of his speech were barely audible.
Raskin received national acclaim as he led Congress through Trump’s impeachment proceedings mere days after the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection and only weeks after the death of his son, Thomas Bloom Raskin. He currently sits on the House January 6th Select Committee.
Offering attendees a brief history lesson, Raskin noted that Frederick Douglass was born into slavery nearly an hour away from where he stood, and escaped to become “a great freedom fighter, a great abolitionist.”
Quoting Douglass, Raskin said, “If there’s no struggle, there’s no progress.”
“‘And the struggle may be moral, it may be physical — it may be moral and physical — but there must be struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand’ — a message to you from the 19th century from a great Marylander,” Raskin said to an explosive crowd.
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The Democrat Party – the Party of Hate, Lies, Cons, Deceptions and Destruction!
“In a show of party unity, the Democratic National Committee jump-started its midterm campaign”
* Biden: ‘I don’t respect these MAGA Republicans’
* Biden said ““It’s not just Trump, it’s the entire philosophy that underpins the — I’m going to say something, it’s like semi-fascism.”
* Republicans will try to pass a nationwide ban on abortion if they win back the U.S. House and U.S. Senate.
But the Supreme court of the U.S. ruled that the U.S. Constitution leaves abortions up to the States and their citizens
* Remember this: “Hillary said “You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it.”
This treasonous, dishonest, destructive, immoral, demonic, socialist Democrat Party revolves around and its philosophy is based on Total Control, Hate, Lies, Cons, Deceptions, Immorality and the lack of Integrity, Ethics or Honor.
To fully advance the Lying, Treasonous, Demonic, Socialist Democrat Party’s destructive beliefs and agendas is to divide our citizens with hate and promote – racism, open borders, radical feminism, abortion-on-demand, the LGBTQ lifestyle, unfettered sexual identity, transgender, same sex marriage, child indoctrination into sexual confusion and perversions, the pagan Liberal left Democrats must do away with GOD, our Constitution, common sense, morality, Christian values and free religious exercise altogether.
Under the Disguise of “anti-discrimination.”
You may not have liked President Donald Trump’s personality,,,, But you have to admit that our economy, our world credibility, our energy independence, our border security, our foreign trade and military readiness was far, far better than it has been under this Treasonous, dishonorable, destructive, socialist Democrat Party rule and their corrupt, demented puppet president L.G.B. Joe Biden.
That’s rich. HE AND HIS CRONIES are the ones acting like they are tyrants, using the FBI as the KGB used to be.. SO THEY ARE the fascists..
Only in the distorted mind of an empty hole riddled Swiss cheese brain President, would MAGA (Making America Great Again} be ever considered Fascist. Joe most certainly is old enough to remember the real deals we destroyed in WWII. When it comes to authoritarian Executive dictations and willful suppression of the popular will and welfare of THE PEOPLE, Joe has more fascist destructive unconstitutional executive orders on records in his short tenure as president than any in the past 10 Presidents. When it comes to disarming the public in Gun controls, partnering with media and industry to control the minds and economy of THE PEOPLE to control every thought that might defy them, Joe has displayed in words and actions that he is conjuring with the ghosts and spirts of socialist Fascists like Mussolini and Hitler. 1930’s Italian and German control of their people through government control of the educational system, the media, the guns and the collective healthcare of the nation is Fascism 101. History repeats itself. Next time Joe just walk up the Aircraft steps instead of trying to do the goose step and you may not again fall on your face, alone in your basement bunker like Hitler did. I doubt Jill will stick around to reprise the roll of Eva Braun.
you sound like a facist dictator who hates god fearing americans.
This is because Joe Biden is the Muslim tinkerbell PinocchiObama’s butt buddy.
Note that the same treasonous policies and agendas under the Muslim tinkerbell PinocchiObama
are again being forced upon us.
Why would anyone or any country encourage, support, protect and give $800.00 a month to 5 million illegal immigrants that have already entered our country since the corrupt, demented puppet president F… Joe Biden took office?
Now you know why this treasonous, dishonest, destructive, socialist Democrat Party needs 87,000 more IRS agents to collect every penny it can from our taxpayers.
AND You can bet, they won’t be collecting any FROM THE ILLEGALS!
Anyone else remember Trump signing Executive orders eliminating the “middle man” in the medical supply chain between Big Pharma. and the local drugstores…thus lowering drug costs? Biden struck it down during his first few days in office.
Yes i do.. AND my wallet felt it day one…
If you haven’t figured it out yet.
This treasonous, dishonest Democrat Party wants to turn the U.S.A. into a Socialist Democrat Party Dictatorship.
The corrupt, treasonous Democrat elite and the Democrat Party never take responsibility or are held accountable for their own treasonous, unlawful, destructive, dishonorable, immoral actions and agendas. Democrats always Lie and blame someone or something else for their own actions and policies.
Their lies can be maintained only for such time as the Democrat Party can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of their lies.
It thus becomes vitally important for the Democrat Party to use all of its powers to repress the truth, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the “Democrat Party.”
AND they are succeeding in turning the FBI, into what the KGB USED to be.
YES! The MAGA philosophy is extreme, it believes adherance to The Constitution is the duty of the government honestly elected by the people to carry out. The Constitutiion is a liberating document of the people but a stumbling block to the authoritarians who crave central control of everything. A person who says he is not by law allowed to do something then does it is a dictator and not upholding The Constitution he SWORE to defend and uphold, this is hypocrisy.
Keep in mind that Democrat Joe Biden is the first Trans-Moron to sit in the White House basement!
Here we go! Biden’s equating Republicans with Nazis. In NY, Hochul wants Republicans to leave. And here in PA, Shapiro keeps calling his Republican opponent “extreme, dangerous, and unfit to lead Pennsylvania”. So much for unity!
THEIR Kind of unity is us all saying “AS YOU WISH MASTER”>
A senile Mynah Bird. Only the duped Dem loyalists believe anything this moron says.
You really want to see fascism, Joe? Look in the damned mirror.
”If MAGA Republicans win control of Congress, it won’t matter where you live,”
Someone this good at projection should be working at the local Cineplex! Democrat Blackshirts have been trashing cities and attacking Law Enforcement for years now. The ones in control of the chaos are making sure it is spread evenly throughout the USA.
Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Everything *********** senile Joe is doing is right out of the Hitler playbook.
Everything dems have been doing for 20+ years now, is right out of their playbook…