Biden alludes to McCarthy recording in Earth Day speech: 'This is the MAGA party now'

Speaking at an Earth Day event in Seattle, President Biden expressed frustration with Republican members of Congress, who he claimed privately support his administration's environmental agenda but refuse to publicly endorse legislation out of fear of being seen as too liberal. During his remarks, Biden referenced the leaked audio recording of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., telling members of the Republican Caucus days after the Jan. 6 Capitol riots that, among other things, he was planning to call on then-president Donald Trump to resign.

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JOE BIDEN: They talk about the split in the Democratic party. There is virtually no split in the Democratic party. We just happened to have 50 presidents. You know you have 50 senators, and 50 Democrats, 50 Republican, I mean, anyone can change the dynamic, right? But all kidding aside, 48% of my Democratic colleagues in the Senate vote with me 94% of the time.

So it's not like we have a split. But we don't have-- we have virtually no Republicans. There's some. We get up to as many as seven or eight will vote. This ain't your father's Republican Party. Not a joke. All you gotta do is look what is being played out this morning, about the tape that was released. Anyway.

You know, but all kidding aside, this is the MAGA party now. It's got the Senator from Texas and others, these guys are a different breed of cat. They're not like what I served with for so many years. And the people who know better are afraid to act correctly, because they know they'll be primaried.

I've had-- I won't mention any, I promised I never would, and I won't, but up to six come to me and say, Joe, I want to be with you on such and such. But I can't. I'll be primaried. I'll lose my race. I'll lose my race. So folks, we got-- this is going to start to change.

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