Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, has criticized his own party, agreeing with President Joe Biden that the GOP has signs of authoritarianism. These comments came after the president likened the MAGA movement to a form of “semi-fascism.”
Hogan broke away from other GOP members to note that there are growing signs of authoritarianism. Other Republican figures have disagreed and have previously blasted Biden for his comments.
However, while he agreed with some aspects of Biden’s labeling, he also mentioned that the rhetoric promoted by Biden can be bad for America as it can lead to a lot of division. He also said that this toxic labeling happens from both sides with Democrats being dubbed by Republicans as ‘socialists’ and ‘communists’. Hogan said that this is not conducive to an overall fruitful discussion.
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, also made comments regarding Biden’s labeling, calling it insulting to half of America. He said that essentially this was like calling half of America semi-fascist.
During a Maryland fundraiser last week Biden took the chance to further spread his current messaging of Republican extremism which the Democrats are hoping will help them win the upcoming midterm elections. While speaking at the event he said that his semi-fascism was not limited to Trump but rather it was a philosophy present across the Republican party.
Maryland, while having a Republican governor, is a Democratic-leaning state. Hogan has also been critical of Trump and his allies in the past, and he has also said he would not be endorsing any candidates who maintain the allegations that Biden did not win the 2020 presidential election, but that rather the election was stolen.