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Psaki insists the President can call Republicans ‘ultra-MAGA’ and STILL work with them


White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Monday that President Biden can continue to call out ‘ultra MAGA’ supporters while maintaining the ability to work with Republicans on his agenda. 

Biden campaigned on his decades-long relations with lawmakers – even as he tore into Donald Trump.

‘How does that jibe with his desire to be the bipartisan guy,’ Psaki was asked at Monday’s press briefing. 

‘Well, the President’s view is you can do both,’ she responded. ‘He believes that there is work we can continue to do together where we’re actively advocating for, he was out traveling in just last Friday on the bipartisan Innovation Act,’ she said – pointing to an event planned for Wednesday in Illinois where Biden will push the bipartisan bill.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki defended President Biden’s decision to call out ‘ultra MAGA behavior, ultra MAGA policies that are out of the mainstream of the country and are not in the interest of the American people’

‘We believe that needs to move forward, it should move forward. And that can be can build on the nearly 80 bills that we signed into law last year that are bipartisan,’ she continued.

‘But he’s also not going to stand by and not call out what he sees as ultra MAGA behavior, ultra MAGA policies that are out of the mainstream of the country and are not in the interest of the American people,’ she said.

Biden went on his MAGA tear from the White House Wednesday, the day after Trump’s preferred candidate, J.D. Vance, prevailed in the Ohio primary for the GOP Senate nomination. It was just the latest illustration of the grip Trump holds over the party.

‘Whether that is efforts to prevent a woman from making choices about her own health care, or whether that is Chairman Scott’s policy and proposals that would raise taxes on people making less than $100,000 a year, he’s going to continue to call that out. But he believes there’s still a path to move forward on where we have agreement,’ Psaki said.

Biden tore into MAGA as 'extremist' a day after former President Donald Trump's candidate prevailed in the Ohio primary

Biden tore into MAGA as ‘extremist’ a day after former President Donald Trump’s candidate prevailed in the Ohio primary

President Joe Biden greets Rep. Melanie Stansbury (D-NM) at the end of an event on high speed internet access for low-income Americans, in the Rose Garden of the White House May 9, 2022

President Joe Biden greets Rep. Melanie Stansbury (D-NM) at the end of an event on high speed internet access for low-income Americans, in the Rose Garden of the White House May 9, 2022

President Joe Biden speaks with Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, at United Performance Metals in Hamilton, Ohio, Friday, May 6, 2022. The retiring Portman threw his support to Trump-backed J.D. Vance in his state

President Joe Biden speaks with Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, at United Performance Metals in Hamilton, Ohio, Friday, May 6, 2022. The retiring Portman threw his support to Trump-backed J.D. Vance in his state

Psaki insists the President can call Republicans 'ultra-MAGA' and STILL work with them

‘Whether that is efforts to prevent a woman from making choices about her own health care, or whether that is Chairman Scott’s policy and proposals that would raise taxes on people making less than $100,000 a year, he’s going to continue to call that out,’ said Psaki, amid protests at the Supreme Court over a leaked draft decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade

Biden pushed high-speed internet policies on Monday after tearing into MAGA last week. Vice President Kamala Harris, right, and Alicia Jones, a beneficiary of the Affordable Connectivity program, listen

Biden pushed high-speed internet policies on Monday after tearing into MAGA last week. Vice President Kamala Harris, right, and Alicia Jones, a beneficiary of the Affordable Connectivity program, listen

Biden said last week at the White House: ‘It’s a MAGA agenda all right. Let me tell you about this ultra-MAGA agenda — it’s extreme, as most MAGA things are.’ 

He added: ‘This MAGA crowd is really the most extreme political organization that’s existed in American history, in recent American history.’

His language, which comes amid an intensifying battle in the mid-term elections, came shortly before he flew to Ohio with retiring Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, a Republican who opposed a Vance opponent but then quickly endorsed Trump’s candidate. 

Biden trumpeted the bipartisan infrastructure law at the White House Monday – but the list of lawmakers who were there included only Democrats. He was championing a program to subsidize high-speed internet costs for low-income people and an agreement by companies to provide low-cost plans to them. 

He has struggled to get Republican support for other key agenda items – although Senate Republicans signaled Monday they would go along with his request for billions in new aid for Ukraine now that Democratic leaders are separating it from stalled COVID-relief funds. 



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