An Ohio Democrat running for an open U.S. Senate seat and who claims to be a ‘moderate’ willing to ‘work’ with Republicans has used some incendiary rhetoric to describe the vast majority of Americans who voted in 2020 for then-President Donald Trump.
In an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Rep. Tim Ryan, who is running against Trump-backed GOP senatorial nominee and author J.D. Vance, said the “exhausted majority” needs to “kill and confront” the MAGA movement.
“What is your message to Ohio Republicans in this general election who may look at J.D. Vance and say I don’t like the way he’s running the campaign, maybe I don’t like the guy, and they’re giving you a look?” co-host Willie Geist asked.
“I’m one of the most bipartisan members of Congress,” Ryan claimed. “The last two congresses, I have been in the top 10% of most bipartisan. I want to work across the aisle. Look, Democrats aren’t right on everything, and I’m willing to sit down and have conversations about how we can move out of this age of stupidity and into an age of reconciliation and reform. How do we fix all of these broken systems.”
“Some of those answers will come from Republicans, not the extremists that we are dealing with every single day,” Ryan continued. “We’ve got to kill and confront that movement, but working with normal mainstream Republicans, that’s going to be really, really important.”
He wasn’t finished.
“I’m saying exhausted majority, Democrats, Republicans, Independents against the extremists, leading an era of reform around reconciliation so we can heal this country and move into the future,” Ryan noted further. “Again, I don’t have a billion-dollar donor to fund me. I need low-dollar people who can go to my website and chip in a couple of bucks and help us put this extremist movement to bed so we can move on with being Americans again.”
Ryan’s claims about the “exhausted majority” appear to be inflated, based on a brand-new survey that found even Democrats don’t like the inflammatory “MAGA Republicans” rhetoric first uttered by President Joe Biden and repeated since by Democrats and the left-wing mainstream media.
The Daily Wire notes:
According to a survey of 1,277 U.S. adults, conducted by I&I/TIPP between September 7-9, nearly two-thirds of Americans, 62% agreed that the White House’s attacks on so-called “MAGA Republicans” increase division in the country, while just 29% disagreed. Majorities of Americans also agreed that Biden’s attacks on “MAGA Republicans” endangers Americans’ First Amendment Rights, and was a politically biased use of the office.
Remember, these are the same Democrats accusing tens of millions of law-abiding, peace-loving Americans of being a threat to the country 👇 pic.twitter.com/ter9gCzzTS
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) August 30, 2022
“President Biden’s recent comments about Trump supporters espousing ‘semi-fascism’ and accusing the former president’s followers of representing ‘an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic’ shocked many Americans,” the outlet reported. “Now, despite White House denials of ill intent, a majority of voters call Biden’s remarks divisive.”
As for Ryan’s claimed mantle of “moderate,” an op-ed published by the Cincinnati Inquirer points out that he has voted with far-left Democrats a majority of the time.
“In just the past two years, he’s voted to federalize elections, admit Washington, D.C., as the 51st state, impose onerous new background check requirements on gun owners, and grant mass amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, in addition to co-sponsoring legislation that would restrict the right of states to legislate on abortion, and voting in favor of President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion ‘Build Back Better’ Act,” it says.
“In fact, Ryan has voted with President Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi 100% of the time this Congress − including on the $1.9 trillion inflation-causing ‘American Rescue Plan’ that even liberal economist Larry Summers called the ‘least responsible’ economic policy in 40 years,” the op-ed continued. “Unsurprisingly, and in recognition of his far-left voting record, Ryan has received the endorsement of progressives like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and held a virtual fundraiser with Hillary Clinton earlier this year.”