President Joe Biden has reportedly advised his White House aides to shift their focus – signaling they should prepare for campaign mode ahead of a critical midterm elections.
According to a new Axios report, Biden has privately asked his aides to start focusing on highlighting the differences between his policies and those of the Republican party – a strange move which will likely backfire on him and the Democrats.
Biden has also kicked things up a notch as far as the political rhetoric goes. The president has accused Republicans of having a “radical” agenda which is out of touch with the middle class.
The president has levied political attacks on Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) the chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, painting him as the leader of the radical “Ultra MAGA” Republicans who have seized control of the party.
“I think they’re the most extreme party and that’s what the Republican Party is now,” Biden said at a recent fundraiser. “Not everybody Republican believes that. But the fact of the matter is, they run the show — the MAGA Republicans.”
Biden also described former President Donald Trump, as the “great MAGA king” during a speech to union leaders in Chicago and berated the “MAGA crowd” for trying to forget the coronavirus pandemic.
“I call it the ‘Ultra-MAGA’ plan — Make America Great Again plan,” he said. “It’s in writing.”
The president continued to talk about his “plan” to lower inflation which somehow included spending even more federal money on social initiatives.
“This is about fairness, it’s about dignity, it’s about fiscal responsibility,” he said.
Biden and the Democrats’ efforts to insult the Republican party by labeling it the “Ultra Maga party” have already begun backfiring on them.
The term “Ultra-MAGA” may be a failed attempt by the Democrats to counter the “Let’s go Brandon” slogan with a phrase of their own.
The Washington Post reported this week that Democrats have spent six months attempting to develop a catchphrase to try to hurt Republicans heading into the 2022 midterm elections. The final result from the six months of research is “ultra-MAGA.”
The term was the strategy developed by the liberal group Center for American Progress Action Fund – which is headed by top Biden aide Anita Dunn.
Polling and focus group testing done by the Hart Research and the Global Strategy Group indicated that potential voters saw the term “MAGA“ more negatively than other labels such as “Trump Republicans.”
“In battleground areas, more than twice as many voters said they would be less likely to vote for someone called a ‘MAGA Republican’ than would be more likely,” the Washington Post reported.
“The research also found that the description tapped into the broad agreement among voters that the Republican Party had become more extreme and power-hungry in recent years.”
Navin Nayak – the president and executive director of CAP Action Fund – told the Washington Post that “ultra-MAGA” is a “versatile epithet” because “all of that extremism gets captured in that brand.”
However, according to the Washington Post, “Trump ‘absolutely loved’ co-opting Biden’s new nickname for him — ‘the great MAGA king’ — and has privately mocked Biden and Democrats’ ‘ultra MAGA’ taunt as coming from bad branders, who don’t understand the art of marketing.”
Trump reacted to being called the “great MAGA king” by sharing a meme of him photoshopped on the cover of a “Lord of the Rings” movie on his Truth Social platform.
Trump also thanked Biden for the compliment, “The Great MAGA King is the name Joe Biden is now using to describe me. Thank you, Joe. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!”
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) also embraced the supposed barb, and declared, “I am ultra MAGA, and I’m proud of it.”