May 4, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Biden: "MAGA crowd" is "most extreme" political group in U.S. history

President Biden on Wednesday said the "MAGA crowd is really the most extreme political organization that's existed in American history," while speculating on how conservative state legislatures could respond to a potential Supreme Court ruling that would drastically curtail abortion access.

Why it matters: Biden, answering questions from reporters on a recent Politico leak of draft opinion indicating the Supreme Court has voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, suggested the draft goes against Supreme Court precedent that established a right to privacy.

What he said: "This is about a lot more than abortion," Biden said before asking what "the next things that are going to be attacked" might be.

  • "What happens if you have states change the law saying that children who are LGBTQ can't be in classrooms with other children. Is that legit under the way the decision is written?"

Flashback: On Tuesday, Biden said that his administration "will be ready when any ruling is issued" after Politico published a story about the Supreme Court potentially voting to overturn Roe v. Wade.

  • "If this decision holds, it's really quite a radical decision," he said.

Vice President Kamala Harris said Tuesday that "the rights of all Americans are at risk" with the potential ruling.

  • "If the right to privacy is weakened, every person could face a future in which the government can potentially interfere in the personal decisions you make about your life," Harris said
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