President Biden delivered his State of the Union address on Tuesday night and faced repeated heckling from Republican lawmakers willing to tell what they considered lies.
It was a wild scene as some on the GOP side were willing to step up and blast the president mid-speech for his remarks.
At one point, Biden repeated a claim that Republicans were seeking to “sunset” Medicare and Social Security, which some GOP leadership repeatedly insisted was false.
“Some Republicans want to sunset Medicare and Social Security,” Biden claimed to howls of protest from the crowd.
“I’m not saying it’s a majority,” he said as Boos reigned in and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) could be heard shouting, “Liar!”
“I’m glad to see — no, I tell you, I enjoy proselytizing,” Biden awkwardly replied. He then tried to back off after lying.
“I am not saying that this is your majority. I don’t think it’s even a significant one — but it’s being suggested by individuals,” he said. “I’m not naming them out of politeness, but it’s being suggested by some of you.”
Absolute chaos in the chamber as Biden accused Republicans of wanting to get rid of Medicare and Social Security. pic.twitter.com/6GSB9LJgx8
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) February 8, 2023
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Biden’s State of the Union has turned into chaos
Gone are the days when a president would explain during his State of the Union address why the nation is better off having him as president. Instead, you have Biden stand up and basically give a campaign speech, calling out his political opponents and lying about their platform.
And the chaos continued, a metaphor for the entire Biden presidency.
At one point, Biden mentioned fentanyl victims, again drawing backlash from his opponents.
“Fentanyl is killing more than 70,000 Americans a year,” he said.
“It’s coming from China,” one member — presumably Greene — yelled, while two others in attendance helpfully pointed out to Biden, “It’s your fault.”
Biden: “Fentanyl is killing more than 70,000 Americans a year.”
From the crowd: “It’s your fault!” pic.twitter.com/xO2y23BLp2
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) February 8, 2023
Others point out that the solution to stopping the flow of fentanyl is to close the southern border.
“Close the border!” Scream something.
Biden replied, “You got it.”
Joe Biden: Fentanyl is killing more than 70,000 Americans a year
“Shut the border!!!” pic.twitter.com/Y24ZnRr0DY
— ACT for America (@ACTforAmerica) February 8, 2023
Elsewhere in his State of the Union address, President Biden repeated the incredibly misleading claim that he had created 12 million jobs in two years.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates that only 2.7 million jobs have been created under Biden, with the rest largely replacing those lost during the pandemic.
He called for a ban on assault weapons, though was reluctant to define such weapons or even if he knew what that would constitute.
“Ban assault weapons now. Ban them now, once and for all,” he said to cheers from Democrats and nods from the GOP.
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First lady’s kiss
In another strange display from the State of the Union address, first lady Jill Biden was seen kissing second gentleman Doug Emhoff as the two appeared to land on each other’s lips.
The Daily Mail described the moment as Mrs Biden giving a “very warm greeting” to Vice President Kamala Harris’ husband.
Jill Biden just kissed Kamala Harris’ husband on the lips.
Didn’t see that one coming.pic.twitter.com/LdrD25Gcrt
— Colin Ragg (@colinragg) February 8, 2023
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said before the SOTU address that he would not engage in “theatrics” because he “respects the other side.”
His comments came after calls from some conservatives to tear up Biden’s speech as his predecessor did to President Trump.
However few GOP lawmakers were willing to go, McCarthy had to try to silence them several times.
McCarthy was forced to silence his own caucus pic.twitter.com/ri2zilqyxj
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) February 8, 2023
McCarthy made it quite visible to see Green when the two teamed up to try to stymie him for that seat behind President Biden.
McCarthy, meanwhile, appeared to have a friendly chat with Harris before the speech.
In something you don’t see every day, Vice President Harris and Speaker McCarthy share a pre-time laugh together #sold Conversation (recalling that both legislators are from CA)#NexstarDC pic.twitter.com/hobfsOcDJr
— Hannah Brandt (@HannahBrandt_TV) February 8, 2023
While Biden’s speech was enough to put most of the audience to sleep, those watching certainly had no shortage of entertainment thanks to the Republicans who spoke.
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