The DNC Chair can’t answer for Biden calling Republicans “semi-fascist” when asked how it fits with his call for unity during his inaugural address
When Biden campaigned he campaigned as someone who would “unite” the country–and perhaps he did, since his approval ratings regularly show around 60% of Americans cannot stand him. He reiterated his calls for unity in his inaugural address when he stated that we should not view each other as adversaries. However, since taking office, Biden has done nothing but sew division and demonize Republican voters and anyone else with enough sense to find him detestable.
With remarks such as “this ain’t your father’s Republican Party;” “Ultra-MAGA;” and most recently calling Republicans “semi-fascist,” his rhetoric is highly inflammatory and not at all designed to unite anyone. Additionally, a a Justice Department and arrangement of alphabet agencies (IRS, FBI, CDC, DHS, etc.) which refer to an array of Americans from Republican voters, to 2nd Amendment enthusiasts, to vaccine skeptics as threats to America, domestic terrorists, and everything short of “undesirables” (as the Nazis would say) it is clear that his entire Administration is designed to sew hatred and target political enemies.
When faced with this, and asked how comments such as, specifically, calling Republicans “semi-fascist” stacks up with Biden’s messaging of unity and his inaugural address, DNC Chair Jaime Harrison doesn’t even have an answer.
"Biden said [in his inaugural address] we should not view each other as adversaries in this country but as neighbors…how does 'semi-fascism' as a label for the Republican Party fit with that?"
DNC CHAIR JAIME HARRISON: Biden "has always been consistent"
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“Mr. Chairman, earlier this week, the President referred to the MAGA Make America Great agenda as almost like, quote, “semi fascism.” You heard the President’s inaugural address the same way I did. In that Inaugural Address. President Biden said we should not view each other as adversaries in this country, but his neighbors and we should treat each other with dignity and respect. How does semi fascism as a label for the Republican Party fit with that Inaugural Address?” Major Elliott Garrett asks
Jaime Harrison’s response is to look baffled and say “Well, the one thing that President Joe Biden has been is always been consistent, and he has always been somebody who does what my grandfather used to do, which is speak it plain, say it plain to the the American people.”
Or in other words, he dodges the question while also defending Biden’s egregious and hypocritical statement.
Biden’s inaugural address includes much talk of unity, including explicitly the line (watchable below at the 30 second mark) “we can see each other not as adversaries but as neighbors. We can treat each other with dignity and respect. We can join forces… Without unity, there is no peace.”
As is often the case in political history, cries for unity come only from the oppressors in charge. And what they always mean is “join my side or we will make you the enemy.” That is precisely what Joe Biden has shown throughout his time in office.