ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp: Biden Is ‘What He Slurs Us to Be’

Melanie Arter | August 31, 2022 | 12:04pm EDT
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President Joe Biden participates in a rally for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Maryland, on August 25, 2022. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)
President Joe Biden participates in a rally for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Maryland, on August 25, 2022. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNew.com) - American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp said Wednesday that by President Joe Biden calling conservatives who support former President Trump “fascists,” he’s showing himself to be what he accuses them of being.

When asked whether Biden can unite the country with that type of rhetoric, Schlapp said, “No, not when you have a person who said he wanted to unify the country and is now going after 50% of the country. Hillary Clinton tried this. She called people with my values a basket of deplorables. When you want to be the president of the United States by running against a huge part of the country, you are not the uniter, you’re the divider-in-chief.


“The crazy thing when he calls people like me fascists. I'm not one who tried to close churches and close them down. I didn't close down schools. I’m telling people they can't be in the Marines if they don't take in a vaccine. I don't have a war on gender, a war on parents. He is what he slurs us to be,” he told Fox News’s “The Faulkner Focus.”

When asked why the president isn’t reaching across the aisle more like he promised, former Democratic New York state Sen. David Carlucci said, “I think the president is reaching across the aisle. When he is making those statements about the extreme MAGA agenda, he is talking directly to Republicans. He is talking directly to independents. 

“He is not shying away from saying, ‘Look. This is not the entire Republican Party. This is the extreme of the Republican Party that now has a stranglehold on the Republican Party,’” Carlucci said.

“Look at these primaries where Republicans were really forced to embrace this MAGA agenda, meaning upholding and defending January 6th, denying that President Biden is the president legally of the United States, denying a woman's right to choose. These are the issues that are extreme, and that's resonating not just with Democrats but with Republicans as well,” he said.

Schlapp argued that Trump’s agenda was popular and effective.

“This is outrageous. The Trump agenda was universally popular. You can't argue with where the economy was. You can’t argue with where gas prices were. You can’t argue with where we were with the closed southern border and good relationships with the socialist head of the Mexican Party. You are demonizing the people because you lost on the policy, and if this election is about your agenda, sir, you will get squashed, and so bring on November,” Schlapp said.

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