Who Yelled Out During the State of the Union?
Joe Wilson, a former (thank god) Republican congressman from South Carolina, did not yell out “Liar!” but instead yelled, “You lie!” The question of who yelled out during the state of the union continues to occupy the public imagination. President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized the Supreme Court after the Citizens United case. While some people took Pelosi’s actions to be inappropriate, they understood the effect they had. Other conservatives were appalled by the Democratic leader’s ripped-up speech. Pelosi’s reaction also reflected his depravity, as he called the court “selective.”
As Vice President, Joe Biden embraced “inner-centrism” during his state of the union address, a speech greeted with bipartisan applause. He called on Congress to address the opioid crisis, defeat the mental illness, end cancer, and strengthen the economy. His speech was marked by strong, bipartisan support from both Democrats and Republicans. He embraced centrist ideas while rejecting neo-conservative demands for defunding the police.
While many Democrats embraced Biden’s appeal to the middle, his message did not sit well with every progressive. While many older and more established members of Congress praised Biden for reaching out to the center, younger progressives warned that he was not appealing to the core Democratic constituency. While addressing crime, Biden failed to criticize Democratic senators Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia for blocking voting rights legislation, a move that many Democrats have criticized in recent months.
The Republican interjection during the State of the Union was famous: “You lie!” The Republicans have made several shouted interjections during the speech, including President Trump’s link between burn pits and cancer. Biden’s inner-centrism during the State of the Union was especially shocking because he was not aware of the connection between cancer and burn pits, even though he was a smear candidate for years.
While Joe Biden’s speech was full of praises, the message he used was surprisingly depressing. But, of course, the President isn’t responsible for the economy, and there is no evidence that President Obama was a primary culprit. Nonetheless, he signed the coronavirus relief package into law soon after he took office, even though it didn’t have the backing of a Republican member of Congress.
Rep. Bob Boebert and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene were mocking members of the Democratic Party during the state of the union, and Boebert and Greene attempted to start a chant about “build the wall” during the speech. This was not well received, as bipartisan applause drowned out their heckling. It did, however, raise a serious issue about the future of the United States.
Rep. Ann Boebert, a Republican from Georgia, compared her heckling of Ilhan Omar to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s ripping up of a copy of Trump’s State of the Union address two years ago. Later, Boebert sent an email to her supporters, in which she brushed off the heckling and focused on the President’s priorities and unity agenda.
While Biden’s speech was critical and much needed, Boebert’s actions did more damage than good. First, she attempted to derail President Biden’s speech, interrupting the speech with hostile comments. Boebert shouted at Biden while the vice president was speaking about the lives of American soldiers, and she also interrupted the speech by interrupting it. The heckling began when Biden mentioned Beau Boebert, a US soldier who died of cancer after exposure to toxic fumes during his military service.
When Biden spoke about the death of his son, Rep. Boebert yelled out “13 of them” and joined a chorus of lawmakers chanting “build the wall” as the President discussed immigration reform. Boebert also tweeted her disgust with Biden’s push to cut household spending during his speech. Despite the controversy, Boebert’s bullying at the State of the Union was still inappropriate.
Donald Trump’s depravity was yelled out during the State of the Union Address on Monday night, and it was a sight to behold. The GOP has given the President the authority to unleash such depravity, and he took it to a new level by summoning a mob to attack the Capitol. His depravity went unchecked as he reveled in it.
The GOP has a long history of honoring domestic violence and sexual assault victims, but this year’s address was particularly depraved. The President’s guest was the widow of a Navy SEAL. The GOP has worked hard to nail down bipartisan angles and get their partisan angles down pat. But with the inclusion of a survivor of sexual assault, it was not a good night for the President and his supporters.
The GOP is tough after Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito was caught on camera shaking his head at President Obama’s speech on the Citizens United decision. Pelosi, the speaker of the House, was not too far behind. She attempted to shake hands with Trump afterward, but he rejected her and tore up her copy of the speech. Despite the criticism, Trump’s speech was not the first time a member of Congress had disrupted the President’s address.
In addition to Rep. Boebert’s outburst, two other Democrats raised their hands, yelling “build the wall!” as they listened to the President’s speech. Meanwhile, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Colorado’s 6th congressional district yelled, “Build the wall!”
Pelosi’s riposte to Biden’s speech
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced Vice President Joe Biden for his State of the Union address Monday evening. Biden delivered the speech from the stage at 9 p.m., while first lady Dr. Jill Biden and members of Mr. Biden’s cabinet joined him in the chamber a little earlier. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds delivered the Republican response from Des Moines.
During Biden’s speech, Republican Representative Lauren Boebert interrupted, causing light boos. Then, Vice President Biden spoke about his son, who died of cancer in May 2015. After a brief digression, he said he didn’t know if a burn pit caused cancer or not but that he was determined to find out. Pelosi’s office is contacting Newsweek for comment.
In his state of the union speech, Biden called on Congress to pass a paid leave program, raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and extend the child tax credit that expires in 2021. He also called on lawmakers to increase Pell grants, support historically black colleges, and invest in community colleges. He also urged lawmakers to pass legislation making it easier for workers to unionize.
President Biden’s State of the Union speech was met with criticism from all sides. Pelosi’s riposte to Biden’s speech provoked many political personalities on Twitter. However, her pointing the finger at Trump sparked a meme on social media. After her comments, Biden received a low approval rating, which could be why she changed her tune.
Republicans’ response to Biden’s speech
The Republicans’ response to Biden’s State of the Union speech focuses on partisan politics, as the vice president’s remarks focused on his first year as vice president. His speech echoed the tone of President Bill Clinton’s 1995 State of the Union address, given after Republicans won historic gains in the 1994 midterm elections. Republicans also focused on Biden’s economy and foreign policy record, saying he should have used earlier sanctions to deter Russia from invading Ukraine. The COVID pandemic also targeted GOP criticism, particularly Sen. Marsha Blackburn, who tweeted that “inflation is a tax on hardworking Americans” following Biden’s State of the Union speech.
While many Democrats hoped to present a united front against the Republicans in Joe Biden’s state of the union speech, the Democrats have been battling deep divisions within their party. Many Democrats want a united front against Republicans, while the left sees a chance to elect a more liberal Democratic majority in Congress. However, the Republican response to Biden’s State of the Union speech is unlikely to be as unified as Biden’s own.
One area of disagreement among Democrats is Joe Biden’s social spending agenda. In December, Joe Manchin announced his opposition to the Build Back Better plan. Democrats have not revived the proposal, and it’s unclear whether they will try again after Manchin’s announcement. Instead, Democrats are focused on infrastructure, which passed in November with bipartisan support. So what’s Biden’s State of the Union speech about?