Sen. Rubio: Biden Democrats Aren't Just Attacking Political Leaders; 'They Are Attacking Voters'

Susan Jones | September 1, 2022 | 7:27am EDT
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Supporters of former President Donald Trump gather near his Palm Beach residence on August 9, 2022. (Photo by GIORGIO VIERA/AFP via Getty Images)
Supporters of former President Donald Trump gather near his Palm Beach residence on August 9, 2022. (Photo by GIORGIO VIERA/AFP via Getty Images)

( - President Biden, some Democrats, and their media allies are not just attacking Republican politicians -- they're going after voters as well, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said on Wednesday, the day before Biden's next political speech, this one to be aired in prime time.

Biden tonight will discuss his version of "the soul of the nation," a phrase of vague meaning that he's been using since before he became president.

"There's two things happening here," Rubio told Fox News:

"The first is, they're criminalizing opposition and dehumanizing their opposition. So this is what they've been doing now for a while.

"If you recall last year when they were doing this fake voter rights thing -- there is no voter crisis in Georgia, for example -- he (Biden) gave a speech basically saying that anyone who didn't support the bill they wanted was a Jim Crow segregationist, which is absolutely outrageous and absurd.

"Then we saw the attacks against the Supreme Court, basically calling them illegitimate -- that these weren't real judges. And we saw a guy come halfway across the country and try to kill a Supreme Court justice in Brett Kavanaugh. We've seen churches vandalized, we've seen pro-life groups being attacked and firebombed.

"The next thing you see is, any criticism -- you know, you criticize the FBI, you get all these news stories about unprecedented threats to the FBI. You criticize the IRS, couple days later, the IRS is saying, oh we're now being threatened.

"In essence, they've now establish this shield where if you criticize them, they will claim that you're putting them in danger. They, on the other hand, do not criticize Republicans. They try to dehumanize, defame and smear Republicans by calling -- not Republican officeholders, Republican voters, everyday people -- by calling them semi-fascists.

"Last week in Florida, Charlie Crist, running for governor once again here, said he didn't want the support of anyone who had voted or supported Ron DeSantis, which is the majority of the state.

"This is the distinction here, they're not attacking political leaders alone, they are attacking voters, which in Florida, is the majority of voters, because Donald Trump won the state by four points."

President Biden has been insulting Republican voters -- anyone who supports President Trump and his policies -- as "MAGA Republicans," and more recently, as semi-fascists.

“It’s not just Trump, it’s the entire philosophy that underpins the — I’m going to say something, it’s like semi-fascism,” Biden told an audience in Rockville, Maryland last week.

He told that same audience, "The MAGA Republicans don’t just threaten our personal rights and economic security, they’re a threat to our very democracy.  They refuse to accept the will of the people. They embrace — embrace — political violence. They don’t believe in democracy."

Even Republican Liz Cheney, who has joined Democrats in their politically motivated "investigation" of Donald Trump/January 6, told ABC News after her primary election defeat that people continue to believe Trump's stolen-election lie. "They continue to believe what he's saying, which is very dangerous. I think it also tells you that large portions of our party, including the leadership of our party, both at a state level in Wyoming as well as on a national level with the RNC, is very sick."

And for an early morning jolt of vitriol, nothing beats the Trump-haters on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

"If I were running as a Democrat against Republicans," Joe Scarborough said in April, "I’d say, 'wait a second, we’re the others? You guys bring loaded guns to airports repeatedly. You’re QAnon freaks,” he said.

"You actually followed a guy who said put bleach into your body and shove lights underneath your skin instead of just following medicine. You believe cranks on YouTube instead of your family doctors of 40 years. You believe Italian dudes with lasers rigged the election, and you’re talking about Jewish space lasers! You’re calling us the others? You Republicans are freaks!"

Joe's wife and co-anchor Mika Brzezinski followed up later, echoing Joe:

"Let’s look at your truth. And go right back at them with the freak show that has been the Republican party for the past four years,” Brzezinski said. “A complete freak show, and it has literally given birth to more freaks in Congress. Literal freaks who spew lies, who are cruel, who are bigoted and who make their days worth it to themselves by going after conspiracy theories and being cruel. That’s the Republican Party today."

The two, animated in part by their own personal grudges against Trump, have called Trump supporters a "cult," "super sick," and "fascists."

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