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Bill Maher's "Real Time" panel took shots at President Biden's newly-launched "ultra-MAGA" attacks toward Republicans.
Earlier this month, Biden debuted the term while attacking conservatives broadly following the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that signaled the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
"This MAGA crowd is really the most extreme political organization that's existed in American history, in recent American history," Biden said to reporters on Wednesday, declaring a policy proposal released by Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., the "ultra-MAGA agenda."
Biden renewed the "ultra-MAGA" messaging last Tuesday during remarks about the soaring inflation and at a big-money Democratic fundraiser on Wednesday.
During the "Overtime" segment on YouTube, Maher read a question submitted by one of his viewers about whether Biden's new attack is an "effective messaging strategy."
"He was saying it as a pejorative, right?" Maher began. "He was saying ‘ultra-MAGA.’ But ‘MAGA’ means ‘Make America Great Again.’ I could see how that wouldn't be a great-"
"I thought it was a premium brand," political scientist Ian Bremmer interjected with a quip. "You know, like in gas. You know, at four bucks and fifty cents a gallon, ‘Ultra-MAGA,' that's gonna work better, right?"
"I don't think it works very well," former Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., reacted.
"It sounds like a condom," Maher told the panel. "'Ultra-MAGA' sounds like a condom. It does."
Maher later acknowledged that "Make America Great Again" isn't "Trump's original phrase," pointing to former presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan who also used the motto.
Biden's new label for Republicans has quickly been embraced by the right from lawmakers to the former president himself.
But according to The Washington Post, the "ultra-MAGA" messaging came from a six-month researc... (Read more)