Kansas City Open Thread: Prez Denounces MAGA Threat To Democracy

Tonight the President Biden called out right-wing conservatives in no uncertain terms.

This is just a guess but we're thinking a lot of those same people might read TKC . . . Given that AT LEAST nearly half the country voted to reelect former Prez Trump.

The lead photo remembers good times in KC as tense midterms approach. 

Accordingly, we share a few relevant links and invite insights from our blog community . . .

White House defends slamming half of America as 'semi-fascist,' 'terrorists' despite Biden's unity pledge

WASHINGTON (AP) - Nearly two years after he defeated Donald Trump, President Joe Biden has some unfinished business he wants to to settle with the restive forces of Trumpism. Biden planned to use a prime-time speech Thursday night at Independence Hall in Philadelphia to frame the November elections, less than 10 weeks away, as part of an ongoing battle for the "soul of the nation."

Biden attacks Trump, saying his wing of the Republican party is a threat to democracy

President Biden on Thursday warned Americans that democracy is under attack by a faction of the Republican party led by former President Donald Trump, and called on Democrats, mainstream Republicans and independents to "speak up, speak out, get engaged — vote, vote vote.".

White House shrugs off question on Biden's recent 'semi-fascist' rhetoric: 'We understand we hit a nerve'

White House Press Secretary Jean-Pierre was repeatedly asked Thursday to answer for President Biden likening former President Trump's "extreme MAGA philosophy" to "semi-fascism." Asked Thursday whether the Biden administration was concerned it may be stoking the divisiveness that the president was ostensibly trying to heal, Jean-Pierre said Biden "is never going to shy away from calling out what he sees."

Biden to take another swipe at 'MAGA Republicans' in prime-time speech

Aides stressed that the speech, given just days before the unofficial Labor Day kickoff to the stretch run of the midterm campaign season, would not be overtly political.

McCarthy calls on Biden to apologize for 'semi-fascism' remark

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) called on President Biden to use a prime-time speech to apologize for a remark calling "MAGA" philosophy "semi-fascism." "President Biden has chosen to divide, demean and disparage his fellow Americans. Why? Simply because they disagree with his policies. That is not leadership," McCarthy said in a prebuttal speech to...

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