Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) said Sunday that President Biden was “right to sound the alarm” about former President Trump and the MAGA wing of the Republican Party.
“Two of the characteristics of a fascist political party are, first, that they do not accept election results that do not go their way. And second, they embrace political violence,” Raskin said. moderator Major Garrett on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
“And I think that’s why President Biden was right to sound the alarm…about these continued attacks on our constitutional order from the outside by Donald Trump and his movement.”
Raskin, a member of the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol insurrection, also said Trump’s suggestion to “re-run” the 2020 election is “totally unconstitutional,” adding that more than 60 courts have dismissed Trump’s voter fraud claims.
His remarks came after Garrett noted that Trump last week “said that the 2020 election should be run again, or he should be reinstated, and if re-elected in 2024 he would run for office.” full apologies and pardons to those accused and/or convicted of storming the Capitol on January 6.
During a primetime speech last Thursday, Biden called Trump and the MAGA wing of the GOP threats to democracy.
“Not all Republicans, not even the majority of Republicans, are MAGA Republicans. Not all Republicans embrace their extreme ideology,” he said. “But there is no doubt that the Republican Party today is dominated, led and bullied by Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans. And that is a threat to this country.
His remarks prompted pushback from many GOP lawmakers.
“With all due respect, Mr. Resident, there is nothing wrong with the soul of America,” Senator Lindsey Graham said. wrote in a tweet. “The American people are suffering because of your policies. Galloping inflation. Crime out of control. Terrorism on the rise. Broken borders. Stop lecturing and change your policies before it’s too late.
In response, White House officials dismissed the speech’s qualifiers as political, saying defending democracy is not a partisan issue.