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    Mike Pence waded into territory he possibly should have best steered clear of on Thursday night as he railed against President Joe Biden’s recent speech calling out what he views as extremism in the MAGA base. Pence, who walks a tight rope between distancing himself from some of the more far-right aspects of the MAGA base and embracing the legacy of Donald Trump’s time in office, took to Twitter to declare his disapproval of Biden’s message. “Did you see that speech last week? President Biden held a partisan campaign rally at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, flanked by uniformed United States Marines, and revealed what’s truly at stake in the next election,” Pence began in a lengthy thread. The former vice president added, “Never before in the history of our nation has a President stood before the American people and accused millions of his own countrymen of being a ‘threat to this country.’ To top it off, President Biden had the audacity to claim, ‘I’m asking our nation to come together, to unite.’” Trump famously publicly pressured Pence to refuse...
    President Joe Biden has struck back at right-wing critics of his Thursday night speech in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in which he warned of the imminent and existential dangers that former President Donald Trump's Make America Great Again movement poses to the democratic future of the United States. Trump has also reacted negatively. First came a Friday morning meltdown on his financially-troubled Twitter knockoff app Truth Social, severing a conspiracy theory spreading spree. Trump resumed posting throughout the afternoon and evening. On Saturday, Trump called Biden an "enemy of the state" in a two-hour address to supporters in Wilkes-Barre. READ MORE: Watch Live: President Joe Biden to warn America of 'MAGA forces determined to take country backwards' Biden responded late Sunday morning and did not back down. "The MAGA agenda represents an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our Republic," he tweeted. "It doesn’t respect our Constitution. It doesn’t believe in the rule of law. And it doesn’t recognize the will of the people." READ MORE: 'But this isn’t fascism, right?' Experts blast Donald Trump for promising to 'pardon' Capitol...
    Former President Donald Trump joined the train of disgruntled Republicans who were not pleased with President Joe Biden's speech condemning extremism within the Republican Party. On Thursday, September 1, Trump took to Truth Social with his reaction to Biden's primetime address from Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, Penn. The former president raised questions about Biden's health after he described the MAGA movement as "extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic." "Someone should explain to Joe Biden, slowly but passionately, that MAGA means, as powerfully as mere words can get, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! If he doesn't want to Make America Great Again, which through words, action, and thought, he doesn't, then he certainly should not be representing the United States of America," Trump wrote. READ MORE: Donald Trump says he looks 'like a slob' in FBI document photo during call with right-wing network Trump described Biden's speech as "awkward and angry" as he suggested that the president may be battling "late-stage dementia." "If you look at the words and meaning of the awkward and angry Biden...
    President Joe Biden declared Donald Trump is a ‘threat to the country’ in a speech that contained his harshest rhetoric to date about his predecessor in the Oval Office and the MAGA movement. ‘Equality and democracy are under assault. We do ourselves no favor to pretend otherwise,’ Biden declared at the top of his remarks before Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. He called out Trump by name, slamming the former president for his false claim the 2020 election was stolen and berating those who support Trump. ‘Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represented extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic,’ Biden said to great applause from his supporters. He made it clear he doesn’t think every Republican is ‘extreme’ or a threat but said ‘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,’ he said. He berated them for refusing to accept his presidency. ‘MAGA Republicans do not respect the Constitution. They did not believe in the rule of law. They...
    The White House said recent Supreme Court decisions regarding abortion, the environment, and potentially affirmative action are part of the wider Republican "ultra-MAGA" agenda, calling on voters to elect new representatives in the fall. The court has overturned the constitutional right to an abortion and told the Environmental Protection Agency it needs explicit instructions from Congress in order to enact stricter climate change regulations. It will soon rule on a controversial affirmative action case as well, which White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked about Thursday. VOTING RIGHTS AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION TOP JACKSON'S SUPREME COURT DOCKET "The president has been very clear about these extreme decisions that the Supreme Court has been making," she said. "Not just on Roe, but on EPA and other decisions that have come down most recently. This is another one that you're talking about in October. The president has also been clear that we have to take action, that Americans have to make sure that they take their voices to the ballot box." Jean-Pierre then dropped the "ultra-MAGA" term...
    Liberals and progressives have long expressed mixed feelings about libertarians, applauding their views on marijuana, abortion and gay rights while disagreeing vehemently with their hardcore fiscal conservatism. Libertarians have a long history of describing themselves as fiscal conservatives who are social liberals and arguing that the War on Drugs and the evangelical Christian Right have been terrible for the Republican Party and terrible for the conservative movement. The far-right MAGA movement championed by former President Donald Trump and his army of authoritarians and Christian nationalists is antithetical to many of the positions libertarians have taken over the years, such as abortion on demand and full legalization of marijuana and prostitution. But journalist Jeet Heer describes an unlikely trend in an article published by The Nation on June 6: a growing MAGA influence within the Libertarian Party. \u201cICYMI: the Libertarian Party's alt-right turn and ongoing crack-up is a boon for the Republicans. https://t.co/fasgzInYzJ\u201d — Jeet Heer (@Jeet Heer) 1654556711 “Third parties have a political impact far greater than their electoral successes,” Heer explains. “They are the research and development wing of...
    It was almost a year ago, on January 6, 2021, that a violent insurrectionist mob of Donald Trump supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol Building in the hope of stopping Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory in the 2020 presidential election. The insurrectionists didn’t succeed, and Biden was sworn in as president 14 days later. But Never Trump conservative Mona Charen, in a disturbing article published by The Bulwark on January 5, laments that in some respects, the Capitol riot was a success for the MAGA movement —which, she warns, has succeeded in “warping” and perverting the Republican Party and laying the groundwork for another coup attempt in the future. “The most threatening aspect of January 6 was not the ferocious attack on the Capitol, but the response of Republican officeholders thereafter,” Charen explains. “Even after the unleashing of medieval mob violence, even after the erection of a gallows, even after members had been forced to run for their lives, even after the deaths and injuries — even after all of that and more — 147 Republican members of...
    One far-right, Trump-inspired think tank is adding more fuel to the extremism fire. According to The Bulwark, The Claremont Institute is at the center of a new initiative called the "Sheriff's Fellowship." The disturbing new movement is described as an incentive to "weaponize 'patriotic law enforcement officers' to counter 'the perversion of the justice system by which the revolutionary left seeks to advance its totalitarian agenda.'" In short, these types of sheriff groups classify more as "militias with badges, guns, and formal law enforcement powers. Or, if you like, secession-by-sheriff." While the Sheriff's Fellowship is a new initiative for Claremont, the publication notes that other similar organizations like the Constitutional Sheriffs have existed for quite some time. "Although the Oath Keepers, another anti-government extremist group that recruits from law enforcement, have garnered more media attention in recent years," the Anti-Defamation League said in their report, the Constitutional Sheriff movement "has arguably had more success infiltrating law enforcement, including at the executive level." The central tenet of [the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association], borrowed from the anti-government extremist sovereign...
    Saturday's "Justice for J6" rally supporting those arrested for the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol may be a dud. NBC News correspondent Ben Collins, who monitors online extremism, offered his thoughts on the rally in a thread posted to Twitter on Wednesday. "Users on the extremist forums that hyped the rally-turned-riot on January 6 are not so hot on this one. They're telling each other not to go, fearing it's a honeypot from the feds," Collins reported. Collins noted the absence of travel photos being shared, noting that pro-Trump websites were "littered with pictures of people boarding planes, posting pictures of guns, their hotel rooms" before January 6th. "Pro-Trump extremist boards have basically conspiracy theory'd themselves into inactivity. Everything is 'glowing,' their word for a setup. Everything's a 'false flag' or 'honeypot.' They realize now their own rhetoric has put them in a bit of a bind," he explained. Collins warned that "the rhetoric on these extremist boards is insanely violent." However, the interpersonal dynamics of the extremist movement could increase turnout. "Here's where it gets extremely stupid:...
    "FOX News Primetime" host Pete Hegseth explained Thursday how the Pentagon plans to "redefine extremism" with its appointment of Bishop Garrison as senior adviser to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. HEGSETH: This is not the "woke" military stuff you have been hearing about. This is not extremism stand down or a social justice reading list or even a foolish CIA recruitment video we have all seen by now. This is worse. This is way worse. This, my friends, is a purge. A purge of the Defense Department led by a new and now powerful radical leftist. A 1619 project activist, a hard core social justice Democrat. A man who believes all, all Trump supporters are racist and extremists. And what must we do to racists? We must define them and then we must purge them.  So who is the Pentagon's newly minted MAGA purge man? Well, meet Bishop Garrison, the new senior adviser to the Secretary of Defense. His portfolio is diversity, equity and inclusion. But his purview is much wider. Never heard of him? Me neither. They like it that way. Bishop Garrison has been at the job at the Pentagon for four months now hired in the wake of the events of January 6th. The ongoing and ultimate justification. They sent 25,000 troops to...
    Just shy of 11 p.m., local time on Monday, the Arizona Republican Party fired up its official Twitter account and asked followers if they’d be willing to die for the glorious cause of President Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election. Around midnight, the account tweeted a follow-up: a clip from the movie Rambo, with the caption “this is what we do, who we are. Live for nothing, or die for something.” The AZ GOP Twitter account later deleted the Rambo clip. But it couldn't delete the growing death-fetish that has stalked pro-Trump media in recent weeks, as the president’s followers issue increasingly militant calls to overturn his election loss. The Arizona Republican Party’s social media team almost certainly does not plan to die while defending Trump’s honor in a hail of bullets.Kelly [email protected] a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here.
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