When President Biden coined the term “semi-fascism” for Republicans holding the Donald Trump banner last week, it was just the latest moniker bestowed by the liberal media and political left on the movement.
Criticism of Trump supporters goes all the way back the 2016 presidential campaign, when then candidate Hillary Clinton was widely panned for claiming that half of her opponents advocates could fit into a category she described as a “basket of deplorables.”
“You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right?” she said at the time. “The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.”
Recent years have only seen the rhetoric against Republicans, and more specifically Trump-friendly Republicans, rise amongst Democratic politicians, as well as left-leaning media network personalities and guests.