White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre refused to explain what Biden meant by calling MAGA Republicans are “semi-fascists” during a recent campaign appearance.
Biden said, “The MAGA Republicans don’t just threaten our personal rights and economic security,” before declaring “MAGA Republicans” are “a threat to our very democracy. They refuse to accept the will of the people. They embrace — embrace — political violence. They don’t believe in democracy.”
“It’s not hyperbole,” he continued, adding, “America is at a genuine inflection point.”
“It occurs every six or seven generations in world history,” further proclaiming, “What we’re seeing now is either the beginning or the death knell of an extreme MAGA philosophy… It’s not just Trump, it’s the entire philosophy that underpins the — I’m going to say something — it’s like semi-fascism.”
“I respect conservative Republicans,” Biden said, adding, “I don’t respect these MAGA Republicans.”
As usual, Jean-Pierre attempted to squirm her way out of explaining what “semi-fascism” is.
During a CNN interview, host Don Lemon said, “the President likened what he called extreme MAGA philosophy to semi-fascism. What exactly is semi-fascism, Karine?”
But when the Press Secretary veered off the subject, Lemon interjected and stated, “with all due respect. We have a short amount of time. I want to get to all those things, But if you answer my question, we can get to those things.”
He again asked, “what exactly is semi-fascism?”
Again, Jean-Pierre refused to answer before snapping, “by having this back and forth, we are actually taking away from the time.”
Jean-Pierre repeated the claim that “this MAGA element of the Republican Party” is “attacking our democracy, they are taking away our freedom.”
Lemon thanked her for answering the question, even though she didn’t answer the question.