Did Biden go too far by calling 'extreme' MAGA Republicans semi-fascist?

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President Biden has gone on the offensive ahead of the fall midterm elections, framing the November vote as a choice between Democrats and "extreme MAGA" Republicans. He said at a fundraiser that former President Donald Trump's most staunch supporters are "a threat to our very democracy" because they still refuse to accept the result of the 2020 presidential election, and implicitly endorse political violence by criticizing the investigation of the Capitol attack by a mob of Trump supporters. Biden said the same group is attacking the FBI as it faces threats for searching Trump's home for mishandled top-secret documents. "It's not just Trump," Biden said. "It's the entire philosophy that underpins the — I'm going to say something: It's like semi-fascism."

Numerous Republicans called on Biden to apologize for the remark. "The fact that the president would go out and just insult half of America [and] effectively call half of America semi-fascist," New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) said on CNN's State of the Union. "He's trying to stir up controversy. He's trying to stir up this anti-Republican sentiment right before the election. It's horribly inappropriate." Sununu said Biden's remarks would only further "polarize the country." Is Biden right, or did his "fascism" comment cross a line?

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