Joe Biden gave an angry, outrageous speech during prime time on Thursday in which he denounced his predecessor, Donald Trump, and the tens of millions of “MAGA Republicans” who voted for him in 2020.
But behind the scenes, his Democratic Party has been helping to elect ‘MAGA’ GOP candidates even as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has backed squishy Republicans, Fox News reported.
“We must be honest with each other and with ourselves,” Biden said at one point. “Too much of what’s happening in our country today is not normal. Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic.”
“MAGA Republicans do not respect the Constitution,” he falsely claimed. “They do not believe in the rule of law. They do not recognize the will of the people. They refuse to accept the results of a free election.
“And they’re working right now, as I speak in state after state, to give the power to decide elections in America to partisans and cronies, empowering election-deniers to undermine democracy itself,” Biden added.
“MAGA forces are determined to take this country backwards. Backwards to an America where there is no right to choose, no right to privacy, no right to contraception, no right to marry who you love. They promote authoritarian leaders and they fan the flames of political violence that are a threat to our personal rights, to the pursuit of justice, to the rule of law, to the very soul of this country,” Biden claimed.
But, according to Fox News, Democrats have spent upwards of $46 million during the current primary season to help candidates endorsed by Trump win — likely because they believe they’ll be easier to defeat in November:
Just last month, Democrats were celebrating the primary victories of Trump-supported candidates, including Republican nominee to represent Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District, John Gibbs, who narrowly defeated moderate incumbent Congressman Peter Meijer.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) spent $425,000 in advertising to boost Gibbs, specifically running an ad highlighting his conservative credentials.
In July, the Democratic Governors’ Association (DGA) spent nearly $2 million running ads boosting Trump-backed Maryland Republican gubernatorial nominee Dan Cox, in his primary against former state lawmaker Kelly Schulz, who was backed by outgoing Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.
Weeks before Cox’s win, Trump-backed Illinois Republican state Sen. Darren Bailey in Illinois won his primary with support from the DGA. In addition, incumbent Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker spent some $35 million to boost Cox over moderate GOP Mayor Richard Irvin of Aurora, Ill., Fox News noted.
“In May, Trump-backed Pennsylvania state Sen. Doug Mastriano was boosted to victory in the state’s Republican gubernatorial primary with more than $840,000 in ads run by the campaign of his now-opponent, current Democrat state Attorney General Josh Shapiro,” the outlet added.
Democratic efforts to boost Trump-backed candidates are continuing despite Biden’s speech. A new PAC called Democrats Serve has spent around $94,000 to back Trump-supported New Hampshire congressional candidate Bob Burns, who is running against Keene, N.H. Mayor George Hansel.
Also in New Hampshire, Democrat-aligned groups are backing retired Army general Don Bolduc, a vocal Trump supporter, over more moderate GOP state lawmaker Chuck Morse because they believe incumbent Sen. Maggie Hassan (D) stands a better chance of beating Bolduc.
A reporter asked White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre if it was hypocritical for Biden to bash MAGA Republicans while the Democratic Party supported those candidates.
“I mean I can’t talk about campaigns and what another, another, candidate is doing or committee is doing,” Jean-Pierre responded. “I can’t speak from that from here. Look, I can say this. The president has always been clear, there are going to be people who disagree with his programs and legislative priorities, and that’s what democracy’s all about, like we understand that, right?
“But people accept elections and we move forward as a nation, right? But there is a growing number of people who refuse to accept the results of free and fair elections. People who actually openly talking about subverting elections in the future,” she added.