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Stigmatizing MAGA Republicans as threats to democracy backfiring on Biden, polls show

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President Biden and his political allies have repeatedly described former President Trump and his allies as threats to the very foundations of the United States, warning that democracy itself is at stake and positioning themselves as its savior.

According to a survey issued last month, the preservation of democracy is the most important subject in this year’s election, especially among Democratic voters.

Ironically, a variety of recent polls indicate that by striving to punish, stifle, and stigmatize their political opponents as anti-democratic “extremists,” Biden and other Democrats are causing Americans to worry that it is they who are acting in authoritarian, anti-democratic ways.

Biden held a speech in Philadelphia last month in which he criticized Trump and the Make America Great Again movement. He proclaimed, “Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our Republic.”

Biden clarified that “not every Republican, not even the majority of Republicans, are MAGA Republicans” before adding: “But there’s no question that the Republican Party today is dominated, driven, and intimidated by Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans. And that is a threat to this country.”

Biden continued by asserting that MAGA Republicans do not respect the Constitution or the rule of law, reiterating accusations he has made several times throughout his administration in reference to Trump and his followers. In one instance, he described them as semi-fascist.

Multiple polls indicate that a majority of Americans saw Biden’s speech in Philadelphia as divisive, dangerous, and excessively extreme.

62% of independents, according to one study, viewed Biden’s speech as “a dangerous escalation in rhetoric and designed to incite conflict amongst Americans.” 31% of independents deemed the language appropriate during an election year.

51% of respondents in a recent survey done by the Trafalgar Group for the Association of Mature American Citizens felt that the Biden administration has crossed an essential ethical line in its pursuit of political opponents.

Only 41% disagreed with the assertion.

Predictably, the large majority of Republicans stated that the Biden administration has gone too far in its targeting of political opponents, whilst the vast majority of Democrats had the opposite opinion. Nonetheless, a remarkable 54 percent of independents felt that the Biden administration had exceeded an ethical boundary, demonstrating that condemnation of purported government overreach is not limited to Republicans.

When asked if the government has gone too far, 74% of Hispanic voters responded affirmatively.

The poll was released two days before all nine lawmakers on the Jan. 6 panel — seven Democrats and two lame duck anti-Trump Republicans, Reps. Liz Cheney (Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (Ill.) — voted unanimously on Thursday to subpoena Trump at the conclusion of what is anticipated to be the committee’s final public hearing.

More on this story via Just The News:

The committee has argued over the last few months that Trump was the central figure in an orchestrated plot to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election and incite an insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

“The vast weight of evidence presented so far has shown us that the central cause of Jan. 6 was one man, Donald Trump, who many others followed,” Cheney said Thursday.

The committee is reportedly preparing to make criminal referrals to the Justice Department, which is conducting its own investigation into the Jan. 6 Capitol breach. CONTINUE READING…

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