The GOP is running with Ultra-MAGA.
While President Biden and White House press secretary Jen Psaki have attempted to role out the term “Ultra-MAGA” as an insult, some members of the GOP are wearing it like a badge of honor. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) owned up to the term after a recent press conference.
“You’re being called ‘Ultra-MAGA’ …” one reporter started to say to Stefanik.
“I am Ultra-MAGA —and proud of it,” she replied.
This week, President Biden blasted Senator Rick Scott’s (R-FL) “Rescue America” plan which Biden labeled the “ultra-MAGA agenda.”
“Who came up with this phrase ‘ultra MAGA?’ one reporter asked Jen Psaki. “Why the need to kick it up a notch? MAGA wasn’t enough? I mean, why now use this phrase?”
“I will tell you it’s the president’s phrase, and the president made those comments himself just last week, as you know,” Psaki replied. “And I think what has struck him is how extreme some of the policies and proposals are that a certain wing of the Republican Party that is taking up too much of the Republican Party are for and are advocating for.”
“And you’ve heard the president talk about this. But it’s not just, obviously, putting at risk a woman’s right to make choices about her own health care. It is also, as you heard him talk about this morning, Rick Scott’s extreme plan that will raise taxes on 75 million Americans making less than $100,000 a year. It is Rick Scott’s plan to get rid of, eliminate– that’s what sunset means, get rid of– Medicare and Social Security, something people over 70 in this country rely on. And it’s also the obsession with culture wars and wars against Mickey Mouse and banning books.”
“The President thinks that’s extreme,” Psaki continued. “That is not what the American people care about or what they want. And so to him, adding little ultra to it gave it a little extra pop. Go ahead.”
“So then who is an ultra-MAGA Republican?” the reporter asked.
“I would say people who support that portion of the Republican agenda,” Psaki answered.
Despite the administration’s efforts to frame MAGA in a negative context, former President Donald Trump’s ‘America-First’ policies are more popular than ever; Trump-endorsed candidates continue to win big in primaries all over the country.