‘MAGA Is Saving America’: Trump in Response to Biden’s Criticism

By Frank Fang
Frank Fang
Frank Fang
journalist
Frank Fang is a Taiwan-based journalist. He covers US, China, and Taiwan news. He holds a master's degree in materials science from Tsinghua University in Taiwan.
May 5, 2022 Updated: May 12, 2022

Former President Donald Trump criticized President Joe Biden for being “very divisive” when he referred to the “MAGA crowd” as the “the most extreme political organization that’s existed” in recent American history.

“MAGA is saving America,” Trump told Fox News Digital on May 5. “Our country is going to hell. MAGA is saving America.”

“Inflation, incompetent withdrawals from Afghanistan, leaving hostages horribly wounded, soldiers, $85 billion of military equipment—MAGA is saving America,” Trump added, before adding that the United States is “no longer respected throughout the world.”

The former president also said the Ukraine war “should have never happened,” since “Russia would have never gone into Ukraine” under his leadership.

Biden’s criticism of MAGA took place on May 4 during his speech on the U.S. economy. He slammed MAGA while responding to the issue of abortion, which would be decided by state governments if the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision was overturned as suggested by the leaked Surpeme Court draft opinion.

“What happens if you have—a state changes the law saying that—that children who are LGBTQ can’t be in classrooms with other children, is that, is that legit under the way the decision is written?” Biden said.

“What are the next things that are going to be attacked?” Biden asked. “Because this MAGA crowd is really the most extreme political organization that’s existed in American history—in recent American history.”

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U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during an event at the Roosevelt Room of the White House on May 4, 2022. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.), writing on Twitter on May 5, responded to Biden’s criticism of MAGA.

“Joe Biden thinks MAGA is extreme?” Tenney asked, before listing several of Biden’s policies that she considers extreme, including “reckless spending & soaring inflation,” “open border policies,” and “unconstitutional vaccine mandates.”

She added: “We know who the real extremists are.”

After Biden’s speech, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden has been “struck” by the influence that Trump holds over the Republican Party.

“He’s been struck by the hold his predecessor seems to have on far too many members—not all, but far too many members of the party,” Psaki said.

In April, Biden also criticized the Republican Party, saying that the GOP “ain’t your father’s Republican Party” and a “MAGA party.”

Asked about the Biden’s “MAGA party” comment, Trump said, “I hope so. I hope so.”

“He [Biden] is being very divisive but it is more than that, it is all misinformation just like the Russia, Russia, Russia hoax and all of the hoaxes,” Trump added. “That’s what they’re good at.”

Frank Fang
journalist
Frank Fang is a Taiwan-based journalist. He covers US, China, and Taiwan news. He holds a master's degree in materials science from Tsinghua University in Taiwan.