The veneer of bipartisan civility didn’t last long in Joe Biden’s second State of the Union address tonight — and that seems to be OK with the president and the Democrats.
Less than an hour into Biden’s speech before members of the House of Representatives and the Senate, it turned into a shouting match after Biden accused some Republicans of wanting to “sunset Medicare and Social Security,” with the Democrat adding, “I’m not saying it’s the majority… anybody. Doubt, contact my office, I will give you a copy of the proposal.”
At that point, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) shouted from the back of the chamber that the president was a “liar,” turning the chief executive’s annual remarks into chaos and insults. “I’m politely not naming them, but it’s being suggested by some of you,” Biden added as stern-faced Vice President Kamala Harris and GOP Speaker Kevin McCarthy sat behind him.
However, to the chagrin of Republicans, Biden was once again blessed by his enemies.
With news that Speaker McCarthy, who needed 15 votes in the House to secure his job amid a wafer-thin GOP majority, tonight chastised his fellow Republicans for being on their best behavior, the shouting and heckling allowed Biden to turn his favor. Hatred of POTUS puts the GOP’s unspoken goals in the television spotlight with millions of Americans tuning in on cable and broadcast TV and online.
Closing out his prepared remarks, Biden rebuked Republicans and flipped their script. “As we all obviously agree, Social Security and Medicare are now off the books,” POTUS gleefully said to the voice of Republicans “you lie, you lie and shake their heads.” “We’ve got consensus.”
Speaker McCarthy may have spent most of tonight’s SOTU in his seat, but he knew Biden’s accusations were on his camera and table, he couldn’t keep them.
“Let’s stand up for seniors,” Biden added, as McCarthy, MTG and many Republicans rose to their feet in a bipartisan display. “Apparently, it’s not going to be an issue,” Biden said with a smile on his face in this round of congressional brawls–at least.
Of course, this being a deeply divided government, with the MAGA-dominated GOP in charge of the House and Democrats in power in the White House and Senate, there was more verbal tension when Biden brought up the issues of abortion rights and fatal harm. of the synthetic opioid fentanyl.