WASHINGTON ― Just days after hitting Donald Trump-supporting Republican office holders for their “semi-fascism,” President Joe Biden plans to continue his more aggressive recent tone Tuesday by turning the GOP’s “defunding the police” attacks back against them.
“The president will make clear that congressional Republicans’ extreme ‘MAGA’ agenda is a threat to the rule of law,” a senior White House official said on condition of anonymity. “He will say that you can’t propose defunding the FBI or defend the mob that stormed the Capitol and attacked and assaulted police officers on January 6 and be pro-police.”
MAGA is the acronym for “Make America Great Again,” a slogan adopted by the former president during his 2016 run.
On Thursday, at a gathering of Democratic donors, Biden said that Trump’s supporters have gone well beyond traditional conservatism. “It’s not just Trump,” he said. “It’s the entire philosophy that underpins the ― I’m going to say something: It’s like semi-fascism.”
Republicans have for years attacked Democrats, including Biden, as insufficiently supportive of law enforcement, and especially so after some in the party adopted the “defund the police” slogan during the 2020 nationwide protests following the murder of a Black man by white police officers in Minneapolis.
From the time of his 2020 campaign, Biden has pointed out that he has never suggested cutting funding for law enforcement, and has…