With a little over six months to go until the November midterms — what is often a referendum on the president’s performance — Biden is moving into full-fledged campaign mode. The noticeable change in tone comes as economic concerns hover over Democrats’ prospects and the White House tests out a new strategy — painting a clear picture of the differences between Democrats and Trump and his followers.
With his MAGA king nickname, Biden was just getting started. At a DNC fundraiser later Wednesday, the president called his 2020 victory against Trump a “low bar,” and dug into his favorite phrase of late, “MAGA Republicans,” twice calling these politicians “petty,” “mean-spirited” and “extreme.”
“They are cowered by Trump,” Biden said, telling the audience that Democrats have to make their case in 2022. “The fact of the matter is, they run the show — the MAGA Republicans. … It really is beyond the pale.”
The president, speaking to roughly 40 guests, said the GOP has a “radical agenda” and said it isn’t “your father’s Republican Party.”
“It’s one thing to take on Disney World,” he said, referring to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ battle with Walt Disney Co. over his “Don’t Say Gay” legislation. “They’re going to storm Cinderella’s castle before this is over.”
While Biden said that the disclosure of the Supreme Court’s draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade could spark enthusiasm in Democratic voters, he didn’t shy away from acknowledging the rough road ahead for his party.
“Inflation is going to scare the hell out of everybody,” the president said.