Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler says he believes President Joe Biden is “playing with political fire” through comments he made about “MAGA Republicans.”
In a recent primetime address, Biden spoke about “MAGA Republicans,” referring to former President Donald Trump’s group of supporters who took their name from Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”
Biden said the group and Trump are a danger to “the very foundations of our republic.” Later, he clarified his comments, saying he knows that “not every Republican, not even the majority of Republicans, are MAGA Republicans.”
“Not every Republican embraces their extreme ideology,” he said.
“I know because I’ve been able to work with these mainstream Republicans, 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.
“MAGA Republicans do not respect the Constitution,” he added. “They do not believe in the rule of the law. They do not recognize the will of the people. They refuse to accept the results of a free election.”
Mohler also pointed to another speech Biden made in Maryland last month where he said there was “semi-fascism” in the Republican Party.
“Now, that’s just playing with political fire,” he said. “You’re using the fascism word, and you’re applying it to fellow Americans.
“He’s speaking here with profound disrespect toward tens of millions of Americans who voted not for him, but for someone else, and in particular for former President Donald Trump.”
Mohler isn’t the only one criticizing Biden’s recent address. The Washington Post editorial board said Biden “fell short” of trying to encourage “patriotism rather than partisanship.”
“You don’t persuade people by scolding or demeaning them, but that’s how the president’s speech landed for many conservatives of goodwill,” the editorial said.
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