President Joe Biden's "great MAGA king" comments won't go down in history the same way Hillary Clinton's "basket of deplorables" moniker did, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday.
Biden invented the term "ultra-MAGA" last week to describe the Republican agenda and referred to former President Donald Trump as "my predecessor, the great MAGA king" during a Chicago union hall speech Wednesday night. MAGA is the acronym for Trump's campaign slogan "Make America Great Again."
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During Thursday's press briefing, a reporter asked if Biden might live to regret it the same way Clinton now says she regrets calling Trump fans a basket of deplorables. The reporter pointed out that Trump got 74 million votes in 2020 and that Biden's inauguration theme was "America United."
But Biden does not fear any backlash, Psaki responded.
"The president is not afraid to call out what he sees as extreme positions that are out of line with where the American people stand," she said. "Whether that is supporting a tax plan that will raise taxes on Americans making less than $100,000 a year, or whether it is supporting efforts to overturn Roe v. Wade, something that two-thirds of the American people in a Fox News poll supported."
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There is still room for bipartisanship, Psaki added, pointing to the Bipartisan Innovation Act being worked out in Congress as one example.
"But again, he is not going to stand back and stand aside while people are pushing for extreme positions that are not in the interests of or supported by the vast majority of the American people," she said.