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CNN’s Dana Bash Defends Biden’s ‘Semi-Fascism’ Slam Against GOP: He Was Just Talking About ‘Trump Supporters’

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CNN anchor Dana Bash endorsed President Biden, who has been widely criticized for his “semi-fascism” coup against Republicans.

On Monday’s “New Day,” Bash went on the air to recap his Sunday “State of the Union” interview with the Republican governor of New Hampshire. Chris Sununu, who denounced Biden’s comments as “terribly insulting.”

Following a clip of their exchange, Bash told “New Day” hosts John Berman and Brianna Keilar how he pressed Sununu on whether he sees “any elements” of the GOP that could be described as “semi-fascist,” admitting that there are elements of “fascism and white supremacy in America”.

“But then he went back to the idea that he felt like President Biden was painting the whole party that way, which, to be fair, again, we weren’t at that meeting, we weren’t at the fundraiser, but the La The way it read was that Biden was talking specifically about Trump supporters,” Bash said.

MSNBC, CNN, DEMOCRATS LARGELY DEFEND BIDEN’S SEMI-FASCISM COMMENT, BEAT TRUMP’S REPUBLICANS

CNN’s Dana Bash offered a defense of President Biden’s “semi-fascism” coup against Republicans.
(CNN)

At a private fundraiser last week, Biden reiterated his “extreme MAGA” attacks on the right before his appearance at a rally.

“What we are seeing now is either the beginning or the death knell of an extreme MAGA philosophy,” Biden told donors. “It’s not just Trump, it’s the whole philosophy behind the… I’ll say something, it’s like semi-fascism.”

KARINE JEAN-PIERRE ARRESTS WITH CNN’S DON LEMON ON BIDEN’S ‘SEMI-FASCISM’ JAB AGAINST THE GOP

Critics on the right have criticized the president’s comments, comparing them to Hillary Clinton’s infamous “basket of wretches” against Trump supporters during the 2016 election.

Bash was far from alone in defending the president. CNN national politics reporter Eva McKend suggested that Biden was trying to “lure” some Republicans into the fold with his words.

President Biden is facing intense backlash from the right for his

President Biden is facing intense backlash from the right for his “semi-fascism” comment, but has received plenty of support from the left.
(Bonnie Cash/UPI/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

“It almost seemed like he was trying to call out some Republicans by delineating between MAGA Republicans and mainstream Republicans and trying to bring them into the fold,” McKend said.

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough complained that Biden’s comments didn’t go far enough.

“I must say, actually, for the most extreme, saying ‘semi-fascist’ only leads me to the question: what is semi about that?” Scarborough said. “It’s full of fascism.”

DNC CHAIR JAIME HARRISON SAYS BIDEN IS ‘CONSISTENT’ AFTER PRESIDENT CALLS MAGA ‘SEMIFASCISM’

Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Jaime Harrison said Sunday that Biden was being “consistent” in calling the MAGA philosophy linked to former President Donald Trump “semi-fascism” despite earlier calls by Biden to lower the temperature in harsh rhetoric.

Biden Critics Revived Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's Speech

Critics of Biden revived former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2016 “basket of deplorables” comment following the president’s “semi-fascism” comment against Republicans.
(Mike Smith/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

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Earlier this year, President Biden launched a slogan that attempted to negatively characterize the Republican Party as “ultraMAGA, referring to former President Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan.

Nikolas Lanum of Fox News contributed to this report.

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