The president of the United States, Joe Biden, assured this Thursday that members of the Republican Party who support former President Donald Trump are a danger to democracy.
“Although we have made progress, democracy remains in danger. (…) And now something dangerous is happening in the United States. There is an extremist movement that does not share the basic beliefs of our democracy: the ‘MAGA’ movement,” he said. Biden, referring to the slogan used by Trump ‘Make America Great Again’ (MAGA).
In that sense, he defended during a speech in the state of Arizona that the majority of Republicans do not adhere to the ‘MAGA’ movement, and that the party is led by “intimidation” by “extremists.”
“Not all Republicans, or even most Republicans, adhere to the extremist ‘MAGA’ ideology. I know this because I have been able to work with Republicans throughout my career. But there is no doubt that today’s Republican Party is led and intimidated by MAGA Republican extremists. Their extreme agenda, if carried out, would fundamentally alter the institutions of American democracy as we know it,” he warned.
Biden has stated that Trump supporters “make no secret” of their attacks on press freedom, the rule of law, or their promotion of electoral subversion.
Furthermore, he has blamed them for the possible ‘closure’ of the federal government, by which all funds for services dependent on the national administration would be forced into a technical strike.
“The extremists in Congress are more determined to shut down the Government, to burn it down, than to let the people’s business be carried out,” he added.
On the other hand, Biden has warned that the former president’s followers are promoting the idea that the president is “above the law.”
“Trump says the Constitution gave him ‘the right to do whatever he wants as president.’ I have never heard a president say that even in jest. He is not guided by the Constitution or by common service and decency toward our fellow Americans.” , but for revenge,” he stated.
Finally, Biden has insisted that the ‘MAGA’ movement is a threat to the country’s democratic institutions, to the character of the nation and to its union in a common cause.