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President Biden ripped Donald Trump apart by calling him “The Great King MAGA,” but the right wing has embraced the term, while some midterm Democratic candidates have questioned whether they want Biden’s support, the panel on “The Five” discussed on Thursday.
In a $30,000 a head fundraiser for Democrats, Biden bragged about allegedly lowering the federal deficit by a record amount, criticizing Trump for encouraging him:
“Under my predecessor, the great king of MAGA, the deficit increased every year he was president,” Biden said, just days after labeling his opposition “ultra-MAGA.”
In response, Trump co-opted the moniker, posting a meme on his Truth Social account depicting him as a sword-wielding monarch from “The Lord of the Rings”.
On “The Five,” presenter Geraldo Rivera noted that in Ohio, where he lives, the newly appointed Democratic Senate nominee deflected a Fox News question about hosting Biden on the campaign trail — suggesting the president has bigger political issues.
“Tim Ryan, the popular congressman, is now running against [GOP nominee] JD Vance. He wants nothing to do with Joe Biden,” Rivera said, adding that “when the debate is lost, slander becomes the loser’s tool.”
An aide to Ryan also notably rejected an invitation from the anti-Trump-Republican Project Lincoln to get involved in their race.
“So I believe Biden has such a hard time communicating that even his nicknames [and] smears are ineffective.”
Also, presenter Jesse Watters said that Trump being insulted by being dubbed the “Great MAGA King” would be like him being nicknamed “King FOX”.
“I’m sure [Trump social media aide Daniel] Scavino saw this and has some cruel memes now,” he added.
I don’t understand where Brandon gets these nicknames from. This is a real range. It’s not natural.”
He noted that Biden’s previous attempts to smear his opponents also backfired, pointing to the Delaware Democrat’s attempt to brand opponents of face masking as having “Neanderthal thinking”.
Watters concluded that “MAGA” is a bigger platform than the former president, pointing to people like Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin, who incorporated “MAGA” ideas without Trump’s consistent presence.