PERRY: Stop the pearl clutching — Biden, Cheney and Boebert are right that ‘ultra-MAGA’ is fascism

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President Joe Biden speaks outside Independence Hall, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Spare us the pearl-clutching by Republican extremists over President Joe Biden’s divisive observations that Trump’s MAGA cultists threaten the nation.

In an unusually terse and critical prime-time speech Thursday, Biden outright accused the unabashed devotees of Trump of trying to undermine the nation and the tenants of the democracy it’s built on.

Biden has continued attacking Trump extremists as anti-democratic insurgents and existential threat to the nation.

Despite the Trumpists’ howls of, “well, I never!” it’s hardly a novel idea or accusation.

Biden did little more than repeat, more loudly, the exact accusations that Republican icon Rep. Liz Cheney has been making for months.

“Equality and democracy are under assault” in the U.S., Biden charged, casting Trump and his backers in the GOP as a menace to the nation’s system of government, its standing abroad and its citizens’ way of life, the AP wrote Thursday night.

Trumpy MAGA-loids “promote authoritarian leaders, and they fan the flames of political violence,” he said. They “are determined to take this country backwards.”

Backward? This is a wholesale shove into the depths of Word War II Italy.

Last week, Biden launched the f-bomb into the camp of seething Trump cultists, coyly calling them “fascist,” by saying they are “semi-fascist.”

At what point does the very of definition of fascism by dictionaries, every expert and Trump himself not sink in here: “An authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization”?

All of this is only controversial because the media, while willing to label people who commit overtly racist acts and make racist statements as “racists,” fear tabbing those who commit overtly fascist acts and make undeniably fascist proclamations as “fascists.”

We, the media, are to blame for “both-siding” a regime we would never allow to go unchecked in our stories if they were from outside the United States. This isn’t fair, accurate or accountable journalism; it’s a hot mess and tacit complicity.

If you believe the unhinged, autocratic and absolutely untrue load of crap that Trump uses to cover his trail of crime, lies and corruption, you might have a problem.

All Biden, and thousands of others are trying desperately to point out, including courageous Republicans, is that if you find yourself philosophically connecting with people like GOP congresspersons Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Green, you not only have a problem, you are the problem.

Trump gathered his MAGA forces to storm the U.S. Capitol with the explicit hope of undermining the United States Presidential Election that he lost and have himself installed as “president” by force or by undermining the constitutional election process.

If that sounds pretty dictator-ish to you, it does the rest of the world, and cogent Americans, too. That would include Cheney and a handful of elected Republicans destroyed by their own, who saw their brave honesty dangerous.

Well of course seething, shrill and unhinged people like Colorado self-proclaimed “ULTRA-MAGA” Lauren Boebert is a Trumpy fascist. She unapologetically continues to insist that Trump is the nation’s president, with Biden having “stolen” the 2020 election.

She unabashedly insists that the United States should behave like the theocracy she says it is.

“I’m tired of this separation of church and state junk that’s not in the Constitution,”Boebert said at a public event in June. “It was in a stinking letter, and it means nothing like what they say it does.”

Trump’s militia and allies tried to overthrow the U.S. government, and his dwindling but increasingly desperate adjutants, like Boebert, and the equally shrill and indicted southwest Colorado county clerk Tina Peters, are not your father’s Republicans, folks.

They are unapologetic fascists who don’t like being called out, and Biden, Cheney and all the other adults in the room are absolutely right. They’re dangerous.

They’re also not representative of most Republicans in Colorado or anywhere else.  They’re certainly not representative of the vast majority of Americans.

A July New York Times/Siena College Poll — taken before Trump’s classified document theft and obstruction scandal — reveal what’s behind the noisy fascists trying to overthrow the GOP and the nation:

– Only 28% of Americans currently identify as Republicans

– Of those, half, as of July, do not support Trump

– 16% of Republicans would vote for Biden again.

It’s up to American voters to make sure none of these extremists hold positions of power in the Senate, the House, state capitols or even local school boards.

It’s up to Republicans to drag these extremists off the political stage, reinsert democratic conservatives as party leaders and bring them back to the ranks.

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Joe Felice
Joe Felice
1 month ago

I love it that Americans are FINALLY taking it to the republicans and giving them a taste of their own medicine!

Don
Don
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe Felice

What are you talking about? His speech was full of lies. Dems still claim Stacy abrams actually won, they told us for four year the election was stolen from Hillary, the 2000 election, stolen of course. To give that stupid and divisive of a speech in front of a backdrop that looks like a collab of all the communist dictators, is going to backfire hilariously bad. Marines standing guard behind, blood red backdrop and a senile old man screaming and shaking his fists. Republicans strategists couldn’t have planned it any better.

George Schemel
George Schemel
11 days ago
Reply to  Don

Sorry, but the Democratic Party does not say that Stacy Abrams won that election, but it’s a fact that the republican candidate for governor Brian Kemp, who was Georgia’s Secretary of State at the time, purged voting rolls. Hillary Clinton has not been saying for years that she won the election, but the fact is she did win the popular vote. As far as the 2000 election, no one said it was stolen. But, like Clinton, Al Gore did win the popular vote. Do you know about the Brooks brothers Riot in Miami Dade County? Do you know anything about the 2000 election?! Why did your party, who is all about states right, ask the US Supreme Court to stop the vote in Florida. As far as your comment on communist; name me one Democrat in either house, that’s a communist. You can’t, because there isn’t one. Based on what you wrote, I can tell that you didn’t come up with those thoughts on your own. Let me ask you, do you let the right wing media do all the thinking for you? Why are you people on the right so intellectually lazy? If you knew anything about fascism and you paid attention you would know that people like Lauren Boebert and Donald Trump are fascist. It’s all right there for you to see, if you’re paying attention. Hell, now Lauren Boebert is basically saying out loud that the constitution is meaningless. Or that Thomas Jefferson, who wrote the letter that Boebert is referring to, apparently doesn’t mean it when he writes about the Wall of Separation of Church and State.
But you’re side love the founding fathers don’t you. If you want further proof that you’re party is un-American, (Yes I said it folks), look at what Governor’s Abbott and DeSantis are doing in their states. I don’t think banning books or making it harder for people to vote is very patriotic. What do think? I’m tired of people like you who wrap yourselves around MY FLAG and call yourselves patriots while at the same time you are embracing fascism! Your side used to say “America, Love It Or Leave It”. I suggest you leave it.

Factory Working Orphan
Factory Working Orphan
28 days ago
Reply to  Joe Felice

LOL, the only thing you’re taking to Republicans is a skull full of bong resin. 

FactsOverFeelings
FactsOverFeelings
1 month ago

Facists don’t like being called facists, just like racists don’t like being called racists. It’s much hard to keep being facist/racist if everyone knows it and is watching you more closely.

Don
Don
1 month ago

Look an immature little kid is using the computer when he parents aren’t looking.

FactsOverFeelings
FactsOverFeelings
27 days ago
Reply to  Don

So clever Don, as always. I’ll remind the nurse that you missed your last dose of dementia pills.

Factory Working Orphan
Factory Working Orphan
28 days ago

The whole post-marxist period is one of clear and present danger. Consequently, true pacification requires the withdrawal of tolerance before the deed, at the stage of communication in word, print, and picture. Such extreme suspension of the right of free speech and free assembly is indeed justified only if the whole of society is in extreme danger. I maintain that our society is in such an emergency situation, and that it has become the normal state of affairs. 

Jeff Ryan
Jeff Ryan
26 days ago

Since there has never been, in the U.S., a “marxist period”, your comment is baffling.

And points to your utter incomprehension of political systems. But what else is new?

Factory Working Orphan
Factory Working Orphan
25 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Ryan

Just inverting what your side believes, Jeff, using your intellectual godfather’s own words.

GeneD
26 days ago

Oooh, look who found a thesaurus!

Factory Working Orphan
Factory Working Orphan
25 days ago
Reply to  GeneD

Honestly, it’s hilarious that, for all you leftists’ pretenses at being educated, how ill-read you guys really are.

George Schemel
George Schemel
11 days ago

Really? And your side believes that Donald Trump actually won. Some of you even think that he was sent by God. If you are as intelligent as you are insinuating, and you are still willing to vote for people like Lauren Boebert, then you are just as un-American as they are. As a liberal, I love this country. I am not a communist or a Marxist, and I don’t need social media to tell me how to think.

George Schemel
George Schemel
11 days ago

You’re a joke. I am so tired of you people on the right out right lying about Democrats and liberals. We don’t take people’s rights away! Are you so frickin ignorant that you overlook what the right wing Republicans are doing?!! Please! You are disgusting!!

Nick Campbell
Nick Campbell
1 month ago

If these Republicans are so dangerous, then why is it just the far left extremist Democrats including Mr. Perry that are going off the rails in a vitriolic temper tantrum? Is this a dog whistle call for antifa to begin their “mostly peaceful” protests again?

Nilta
Nilta
1 month ago
Reply to  Nick Campbell

Real Americans understand and believe that trump and his followers are fascists, racists, and traitors to our Constitution and country. And we’ve known it since trump first came on the political scene. Maga fascists and their leaders (in Congress and media outlets) continually prove their treason with their words and actions. They’re FINALLY being called out on it.

Jeff Ryan
Jeff Ryan
1 month ago
Reply to  Nick Campbell

Not a student of history, eh?

Factory Working Orphan
Factory Working Orphan
28 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Ryan

Speaking from experience?

GeneD
27 days ago
Reply to  Nick Campbell

As if ‘antifa’ is some kind of organized dues-paying paramilitary operation like your Proud Boys or Oath Keepers. ReTrumplicants love false equivalencies!

George Schemel
George Schemel
11 days ago
Reply to  Nick Campbell

Who are the far left extremist? Name one, and then tell why you believe that they are far left extremist. I want you to Name one now please!
Also, do you know anything about Antifa? Do you? You people on the right are such a joke. By the way how’s Q doing. LOL

Publius
Publius
1 month ago

I have always found that insulting others does not change their minds, but rather it causes them to become more retrenched in their position. Mr. Perry apparently has not drawn the same conclusion as have I.

Gerti Ingalls
Gerti Ingalls
1 month ago
Reply to  Publius

Because you have been a bastion of civility and never called anyone anything in any comment ever.

Publius
Publius
1 month ago
Reply to  Gerti Ingalls

I do strive to be a bastion of civility in an increasingly polarized and angry world. I do not claim perfection or absolute consistency, but I would be surprised were you to find an example of me being uncivil.

Jeff Ryan
Jeff Ryan
1 month ago
Reply to  Publius

The point is not to change the minds of thugs.

The point is to expose the danger they represent to the people not paying attention.

Factory Working Orphan
Factory Working Orphan
26 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Ryan

For a marxist thug, anyone who isn’t a marxist thug is a danger.

Nilta
Nilta
26 days ago

Replace “marxist” with “extremist” (left or right), and you would then be correct. But you won’t or can’t see the danger in both extremists. Typical of extremists, you believe your side is correct and everyone who doesn’t believe as you do is a marxist (or fill in any label you choose).

Factory Working Orphan
Factory Working Orphan
25 days ago
Reply to  Nilta

Consider it an in-kind contribution.

Publius
Publius
26 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Ryan

And if that entrenches and normalizes the great divide moving forward, as seems likely to me, what then is our path forward? Do we reverse our motto of E pluribus unum, from many, one, to from one, many? Can a house so seriously divided stand?

Last edited 26 days ago by Publius
Don
Don
1 month ago

Democrats insisted for four years that the election was stolen from Hillary by the Russians and Donald Trump. Get bent, idiots.

GeneD
29 days ago
Reply to  Don

Not true. Dems held their noses and toughed out those awful four years while working to limit the previous occupant’s damage. Oh, and they didn’t commit treason or try and destroy our republic either.

Jeff Ryan
Jeff Ryan
26 days ago
Reply to  Don

In what universe did that happen? Clinton, unlike Trump, conceded gracefully. There were no mendacious claims of voter fraud. There were no demands that she be instated as president.

It is now the position of the Republican Party that any Democratic victory must be the result of voter fraud. And when they don’t get their way, they invade the Congress and beat up the police officers blocking them.

The Republican Party collectively demonstrates the emotional maturity of a 4-year-old.

Don
Don
1 month ago

I really need to know what drugs Perry is on, he is so detached from reality.

Rick
1 month ago

MAGA (Make America Great Again)

GeneD
29 days ago
Reply to  Rick

Mothers Against Greg Abbott

Mark Dacre
1 month ago

I am not American nor am I Left or right wing. But what I saw last night was to me at least, an act of desperation by a party that will seemingly stop at nothing to stay in power. I mean they had the FBI cover up his sons depravity before the last one (and please it’s beyond denying now) they cooked up their Russian collusion nonsense.No from what I see both parties are unfit to run a democracy but especially the Democrats as I honestly believe that they not only resent democracy they actively hate it and will flout it at any given opportunity And therefore it’s you the Dems that are closer to being actual Fascists

Nilta
Nilta
27 days ago
Reply to  Mark Dacre

Your first sentence is half correct. You are definitely maga right wing. And that does make you un-American.

Jeff Ryan
Jeff Ryan
26 days ago
Reply to  Mark Dacre

Do you have one bit of evidence that the FBI covered up “his sons” (sic) depravity?

I would remind you that Trump’s son and campaign manager met with two Russian agents in Trump Tower looking for dirt on Hillary Clinton. Democrats didn’t make that up, nor did they invent Manafort’s passing campaign information to the Russians. Unfortunately for you, both events are documented facts.

And your claim of neutrality is as thin as the tissue on the roll in my bathroom. You know, the one next to the toilet.

DICK MOORE
29 days ago

The hatred, so much hatred. Everywhere in this newspaper and website editorials and comments. Left then right then back to the left then back to the right. Where has America gone? Where are we headed?

To think that Aurora still has committed Socialists within its elected leadership. Am I developing hatred by continuing to bring up that fact? Isn’t socialism everything that America historically stands against? Well isn’t it?

sugar
sugar
27 days ago
Reply to  DICK MOORE

no worries. . . female voters will right the wrong — just watch~

Michael L Moore
Michael L Moore
27 days ago

I agree, it is up to Republicans to pull the party back to discussions about real issues. Election integrity is not a real issue! Recall the Trump and his “legal team” were defeated in court over 60 times. So let’s not even dignify it as a thing. Anyone who thinks you can override a proven safe election system is not a proponent of democracy and they need to be called out. Judging from what I’ve heard spill from most GOP mouths, they richly deserve the Fascist label!

Factory Working Orphan
Factory Working Orphan
25 days ago

Yes, for marxists anyone who doesn’t think like them is a fascist. Especially when the latter goes outside the easily engaged gentlemen’s agreement to never promote anything except tax cuts and defense spending.

Robert Prisock
Robert Prisock
2 days ago

Nothing like a fair and unbiased fact based opinion trying to be news when it’s not fair no facts given and it’s all opinion. 😆