Biden Ramps Up Trump Insults as Midterm Prospects Grow Bleaker

President Joe Biden has ramped up his attacks against former President Donald Trump in recent days as Democrats face a bleak outlook in the crucial 2022 midterm elections.

Biden mockingly called Trump the "MAGA king" on Wednesday, his latest insult directed at his predecessor as the Republican Party looks to make gains in the November elections.

The GOP is aiming to retake the House of Representatives and the Senate, but if the party can gain control of just one chamber of Congress, it will be able to stymie Biden's agenda for the two years leading up to the 2024 presidential election.

Recent polling indicates that Republicans have an advantage over Democrats, with poll tracker FiveThirtyEight's generic congressional ballot showing 45.5 percent of Americans would support the GOP in the election and just 42.9 percent would support the Democrats as of May 11.

Democrats are also facing a voting public deeply concerned about high inflation, which stood at an annualized rate of 8.3 percent in March, and record high gas prices.

Biden appears to have begun his recent slew of criticism at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 30 where he didn't mention Trump by name, but nonetheless took aim at the former president.

He described the Trump administration as "a horrible plague."

"Just imagine if my predecessor came to this dinner this year. Now, that would really have been a real coup if that occurred," Biden joked, referring to the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, and Trump's efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

On May 10, Biden criticized what he described as "MAGA" Republicans. Trump's 2016 campaign slogan "Make America Great Again" has been popularized among Republicans and is frequently shortened to "MAGA."

The president talked about the frustration arising from high inflation and other issues, but also took aim at the GOP.

"Look, I know you've got to be frustrated," Biden said. "I know, I can taste it. Frustrated by high prices, by gridlock in Congress, by the time it takes to get anything done."

"The MAGA Republicans are counting on you to be as frustrated by the pace of progress, which they've done everything they can to slow down, that you will hand power over to them ... so they can enact their extreme agenda," the president said.

On Wednesday, Biden appeared to continue that theme during a visit to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers International convention in Chicago, Illinois.

"Look at my predecessor, the great MAGA king — the deficit increased every single year he was president," Biden said.

'Cowered by Trump'

Speaking at a Democratic National Committee (DNC) fundraiser in Chicago later on Wednesday, Biden said there were "still a lot of good Republicans in the Senate. But it's amazing to me how they're cowered by Trump and how he has such concern."

"But we have to take on the — MAGA Republicans — 'Make America Great Again' Republicans. I think they're the most extreme party. And that's what the Republican Party is now. Not everybody Republican believes that. But the fact of the matter is, they run the show — the MAGA Republicans," Biden went on.

The president later referred to "how outrageous some of the things that former President Trump has done and said" were and argued that MAGA Republicans were a minority.

"We may be talking about as much as one third of the electorate. That's more than I'd ever thought would occur," he said. "But we got to take the fight to them. We got to make our case and make it very strongly, in my opinion."

Trump is playing a role in the midterm elections through a slew of endorsements in Republican primaries, while he continues to tease a potential third run for the White House in 2024.

Newsweek has asked former President Trump's office for comment.

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