Biden: ‘Not Every Republican Is a MAGA Republican’

Melanie Arter | September 9, 2022 | 3:43pm EDT
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President Joe Biden speaks during the Democratic National Committee (DNC) 2022 Summer meeting at National Harbor, Maryland, on September 8, 2022. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
President Joe Biden speaks during the Democratic National Committee (DNC) 2022 Summer meeting at National Harbor, Maryland, on September 8, 2022. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

( – “Not every Republican is a MAGA Republican,” President Biden said Thursday, adding that there are “a few” mainstream Republicans who don’t embrace “extreme ideology.”

“I want to be very clear up front.  Not every Republican is a MAGA Republican. Not every Republican embraces the extreme ideology,” the president said at the Democratic National Committee’s reception.

“I know because I’ve worked with them — and the mainstream Republicans that are still a few of them left, but the extreme set of MAGA Republicans has chosen to go backwards, full of anger, violence, hate, and division, and that’s what their game is,” Biden said.

“And together, Democrats, independents, and mainstream Republicans can choose a different path forward to a future of unity and hope and some optimism, and choose — we choose, the Democrats — to build a better America, and we have such an opportunity to do it,” he said.

“There’s no question it’s been a hard few years, but we’ve come a long way, and it didn’t just happen.  It took a lot of hard work on your part. It took Democrats delivering, even in the face of unrelenting attacks and powerful special interest,” the president said. 

Biden boasted about reducing the national deficit, and he accused Republicans of not caring about reducing inflation, because they didn’t vote for the Inflation Reduction Act, even though as previously reported, the Congressional Budget Office admitted that it would have a negligible effect on inflation.

You know, Republicans talk about being fiscally responsible. We are reducing the deficit while all this — things we’re doing to spend money. Not a joke. Last year, I reduced the deficit $350 billion. You know how much this year, not counting the Medicaid changes? One trillion seven hundred billion dollars.  

So I don’t want to hear it from Republicans about fiscal responsibility. I don’t want to hear it. I mean it.  I — these — ugh. I don’t want to get going here. You’d think if they really cared about inflation, reducing it, they would have voted for the Inflation Reduction Act, but every single Republican, House and Senate — every single one — every Republican in the House, every Republican in the Senate, they voted against it - every one.
Look, hear — hear this, America: Every single Republican voted against lowering prescription drug costs — every one — every one, against lowering healthcare costs — every one, against tackling the climate crisis — every one, against lower energy cost, against creating good-paying jobs, against a fairer tax system — every single one. Now every single American needs to return the favor and vote them out of office.

Biden also pledged to thwart Republican efforts to pass a national abortion ban. 

Well, just take a look at what’s happened since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.  In 14 states, abortion is not available beyond six weeks of pregnancy, when most women don’t even know they’re pregnant.  In most of these states, there is no exception for rape or incest.  In the coming weeks and months, another 13 states may ban abortion depending on the outcome of this election in November — another 13.
That means, in just weeks and months, more than half of America will have banned abortion if we don’t win this off-year election.  And they’re not going to stop there.  If they win control of the House and Senate, they’ve made it clear: They’re going to try to pass a national ban, but as long as I’m president, they ain’t going to get it done, because I’ll veto it.
Look, if they had their way, it won’t matter where you live in America, women won’t have a right to choose anywhere — anywhere.  I’m not going to let that happen.  I really mean that. If they had their way, they’d come after the contraception and marriage equality, the whole right to privacy.  They were very straightforward when this passed.  They didn’t kid about it.  We can’t let that happen either.  Democrats won’t let that happen — not today, not tomorrow, not ever.
Look, Republicans — Republicans awakened a powerful force in this nation: women.  W-O-W- — no, I’m not joking.  I’m not joking.  Those of you who are lawyers, read the decision, and the court says that women have a right to vote to change this if they don’t like it at the state level. 
Well, guess what, pal?  Here you come.  Here you come.  Republicans don’t have a clue about the power of women.  Not a clue.  Let me tell you something: They’re about to find out.  They’re about to find out.  I mean it, and when you think — I’m talking about radical Republicans coming — look, they’re coming at your Social Security. You think I’m kidding.

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