- Biden’s use of the term “ultra-MAGA” followed a six-month investigation, the Washington Post reported.
- Republicans and Trump’s PAC are now wearing it on t-shirts.
- “I am ultra MAGA and I am proud of it,” said representative Elise Stefanik of New York.
President Joe Biden’s use of the term “ultra-MAGA” reportedly followed a six-month investigation into the best ways to attack Republicans.
And it only took days for Republicans to put out T-shirts for fundraising sales.
The campaign arm of the House Republicans is offering “ultra-MAGA” t-shirts with the image of former President Donald Trump and an American flag. MAGA, which stands for “Make America Great Again,” was Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan.
“House GOP is giving away 1,000 ‘ULTRA MAGA’ T-shirts! Offer ends at midnight or when we run out,” the offer reads.
This follows an “ultra-MAGA” t-shirt offer from former President Donald Trump’s PAC Save America in exchange for a contribution of $45 or more. “These shirts are the PERFECT way to show his unwavering support for President Trump AND show the left that our movement is STRONGER than ever,” the fundraising email reads.
Another PAC fundraising email offers an “ULTRAMAGA” T-shirt featuring a cartoon of Trump dressed as Superman with a “T” on his chest, also for a contribution of $45 or more.
The research project that led to the term “ultra-MAGA” was led by Biden adviser Anita Dunn and by the liberal group, the Center for American Progress Action Fund, the Washington Post reported.
According to the Post, the survey and focus group research by Hart Research and the Global Strategy Group found that voters already viewed “MAGA” negatively.
The investigation showed that the description tapped into feelings that the Republican Party had become more extremist, the Post reported.
And yet, the line of attack may be something MAGA Republicans want to embrace, just as they did when Hillary Clinton called them a “basket of wretches” in 2016.
“I’m ultra MAGA, and I’m proud of it,” Representative Elise Stefanik of New York, the No. 3 House Republican, told a reporter.
—Ashley Parker (@AshleyRParker) May 13, 2022
Outgoing White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday that ultra-MAGA is Biden’s catchphrase, adding ‘ultra’ to “give it an extra edge.”
Biden used the phrase on May 4 to describe an agenda released by Sen. Rick Scott of Florida, saying the senator calls it the “Ultra-MAGA Agenda.” Speaking on the economy May 10, he said congressional Republicans have an “ultra-MAGA” plan to raise taxes on working families.
“Let me say this carefully: I never expected that the Ultra-MAGA Republicans, who seem to control the GOP now, would have been able to control the GOP,” he said.
Trump has also been referred to as “the great MAGA king.”