During a controversial speech in Philadelphia earlier this month, President Joe Biden asserted that “MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic.”
This week, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan (D) took that theme even further, saying that Democrats need “to kill and confront” the MAGA movement.
Ryan lashes out
According to Breitbart, Ryan made the comment during an interview on Tuesday with Willie Geist, co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
Ryan began by touting his supposed willingness to work with members of the Republican party, saying, “I’m one of the most bipartisan members of Congress.”
“The last two congresses, I have been in the top 10% of most bipartisan. I want to work across the aisle,” Ryan boasted.
“Look, Democrats aren’t right on everything, and I’m willing to sit down and have conversations about how we can move out of this age of stupidity and into an age of reconciliation and reform,” he continued.
“Some of those answers will come from Republicans,” Ryan acknowledged but added, “not the extremists that we are dealing with every single day.”
“We’ve got to kill and confront that movement, but working with normal mainstream Republicans, that’s going to be really, really important,” the senator declared.
(D) Ohio Senate Nominee Tim Ryan on Republican “Extremists”: “We’ve gotta kill and confront that movement.” pic.twitter.com/R0XvhTP0FM
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) September 13, 2022
Ryan’s use of the word “kill” concerning his political opponents is notable, given how in 2019, he linked President Donald Trump’s rhetoric on illegal immigration to a mass shooting that claimed the lives of 20 people.
“I believe that the president is most certainly creating an environment here where people like this kid in El Paso drive ten hours to go kill Mexicans, kill people of color,” Breitbart quoted Ryan as telling Fox News host Neil Cavuto.
“Look, I’m saying he has created an environment in the United States that is absolutely toxic,” Democratic lawmaker insisted. “I’m not taking a leap. I’m telling it like it is. I’m telling you exactly how I see it.”