Psaki: Biden Adding 'Ultra' to 'MAGA' 'Gives It a Little Extra Pop'

By Susan Jones | May 11, 2022 | 5:34am EDT
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

( - At Tuesday's press conference, a reporter asked President Biden's spokeswoman Jen Psaki about recent "messaging" from the White House: "Who came up with this phrase 'ultra MAGA'? Why the need to kick it up a notch? MAGA wasn't enough? I mean, why now use this phrase?" she asked.

"It's the president's phrase," Psaki said. She noted that President Biden first used "ultra MAGA" last week, on May 4, in a speech on the economy.

"And I think what has struck him is how extreme some of the policies and proposals are that a certain wing of the Republican Party that is taking up too much of the Republican Party are -- are for, and are advocating for.

"And you -- you've heard the President talk about this. It's -- but it's not just obviously putting at risk a woman's right to make choices about her own health care. It is also as you heard him talk about this morning, Rick Scott's extreme plan that will raise taxes on 75 million Americans making less than $ 100,000 a year.

"It is Rick Scott's plan to get rid of, eliminate. That's what sunset means, get rid of Medicare and Social Security, something people over 70 in this country rely on. And it's also the obsession with culture wars and wars against Mickey Mouse and banning books. The president thinks that's extreme. That is not what the American people care about or what they want.

"And so to him, adding a little ultra to it, gives it a little extra pop."

Another reporter asked Psaki, "So then who is the ultra MAGA Republican?"

"I would say people who support that portion of the Republican agenda," Psaki said.

The reporter named Republican Sens. Rob Portman, Susan Collins, and Mitt Romney, who didn't always support President Donald Trump: "Would they be ultra MAGA Republicans?" he asked.

"They can all make their own choices," Psaki said, "and I can -- we can let others evaluate that. But I would say that the president's view is those who support a plan by Rick Scott, by Chairman Scott, that would raise taxes on 75 million Americans and get rid of, sunset, eliminate -- whatever you want to call it, Medicare and Social Security.

"That's a MAGA position. And that includes the chairman of the Republican National Committee (Ronna McDaniel). That's a MAGA position. That is the chairman of the party. So that's what the president considers. But also, obviously, given two-thirds of the American people, according to a Fox News poll, believe that women's -- that Roe v. Wade should be protected.

"If you're on the other side of that, you're supporting an ultra MAGA position, in the president's view. So, we'll let -- we don't need to name-call individuals unless they have positions that are aligned with what he feels is the ultra MAGA wing of the party," she said.

(As a reminder, MAGA stands for "Make America Great Again." So would "ultra MAGA" make America extra great?  Not according to Biden, whose poll numbers have plummeted along with the economy.)

Both Biden and Psaki have falsely claimed that Sen. Rick Scott's 11-point economic plan represents the agenda of the entire Republican caucus. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has said that Scott speaks for himself.

At a March 1, 2022 news conference, McConnell if Republicans take control of the Senate after the November election, "I'll decide in consultation with my members what to put on the floor. And let me tell you what would not be a part of our agenda. We will not have as part of our agenda a bill that raises taxes on half of the American people and sunsets Social Security and Medicare within five years. That will not be part of a Republican Senate majority agenda," McConnell said at the time.

In his partisan speech last week, Biden first used the "ultra MAGA" phrase, saying:

"Senator Rick Scott of Florida, a United States senator who is leading the Republican National Senatorial Campaign Committee, released what he calls the “ultra-MAGA Agenda.”  It’s a MAGA agenda all right," Biden said. (Scott calls his plan "Rescue America," not ultra MAGA.)

"Let me tell you about this ultra-MAGA agenda," Biden said. "It’s extreme, as most MAGA things are.  It will actually raise taxes on 75 million American families, over 95 percent of whom make less than $100,000 a year...And under this new plan, this tax plan — the ultra-MAGA agenda — while big corporations and billionaires are going to pay nothing more, the working-class folks are going to pay a hell of a lot more."

Also See:

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