Ex-White House official: Joe Biden made 'a good case' about Donald Trump's MAGA movement threats

Ex-White House official: Joe Biden made 'a good case' about Donald Trump's MAGA movement threats
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Gavin Smith, a former White House official for the Trump administration, recently lauded President Joe Biden's speech criticizing MAGA-inspired Republicans.

On Friday, September 2, Smith appeared on CNN's "New Day" where he spoke with Brianna Keilar saying, according to Mediaite, that he "agreed with Biden’s assertion that Trump and his more extremist followers present a 'threat' to democracy."

"I think the president had a few good points. First, he made a good case for the threats that continue to challenge our democracy today," Smith said. You know, you see the former president parading around the nation cherry-picking candidates that will ultimately oversee, and ultimately they’re going to have to certify elections."

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He added, "That’s a clear and present threat to our democracy today, and I think the president made a good case for that."

However, Smith did insist that Biden shouldn't have placed such an emphasis on Trump; an assessment Keilar pushed back against. “I thought it was a little bit odd that the president used a rare 25-minute primetime address to talk about one thing, Donald Trump,” Smith said.

The CNN host also pointed out that Smith was part of the coalition that helped to “make MAGA what it is.” Keilar also posed the question of who should address the problem if Biden doesn't.

“Who should be raising their voice about that if not the president?” Keilar asked.

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Smith countered by saying that it ultimately “comes down to the voters,” as he insisted that Biden should steer clear of signing a spotlight on the former president. While he did criticize “MAGA extremists” and noted concerns similar to Biden, he still leaned toward defending MAGA-inspired policies.

According to Smith, candidates like Nikki Haley, who oppose Trump, could still support Trump-style policies within the type of political baggage the former president has. “Are we the Republican party or are we the Trumplican party?” Smith asked.

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