Watch: Biden Repeatedly Heckled During State of the Union Speech, Argues With Republicans in Wild Display
President Biden delivered his State of the Union address Tuesday night and was met with repeated heckling by Republican lawmakers willing to call out what they deemed as falsehoods.
It was a wild scene throughout as some on the GOP side were willing to step up and blast the President mid-speech over his statements.
At one point, Biden repeated a claim that Republicans were seeking to “sunset” Medicare and Social Security, something GOP leadership has repeatedly insisted is false.
“Some Republicans want Medicare and Social Security to sunset,” Biden claimed as shouts of protests emanated from the crowd.
“I’m not saying it’s a majority,” he said as boos reigned down and Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) could be heard shouting, “Liar!”
“I’m glad to see — no, I tell you, I enjoy conversion,” Biden awkwardly replied. He then tried to backtrack after being called out for the lie.
“I’m not saying it’s a majority of you. I don’t even think it’s even a significant – but it’s being proposed by individuals,” he said. “I’m politely not naming them, but it’s being proposed by some of you.”
Absolute chaos in the chamber when Biden accuses Republicans of wanting to get rid of Medicare and Social Security. pic.twitter.com/6GSB9LJgx8
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) February 8, 2023
Biden State of the Union Turns Into Chaos
Gone are the days when a President would explain during his State of the Union speech why the nation is better for having him as President. Instead, you have Biden standing up and making essentially a campaign speech, calling out his political opponents and lying about their platforms.
And the chaos continued, a metaphor for the entire Biden presidency.
At one point, Biden mentioned victims of fentanyl, once again eliciting a response from his detractors.
“Fentanyl is killing more than 70,000 Americans a year,” he said.
“It’s coming from China,” one member — possibly Greene — shouted, 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 pointed out that the solution to stopping the flow of fentanyl is to shut down the southern border.
“Close the border!” some shouted.
Biden replied, “You got it.”
Joe Biden: Fetanyl is killing more than 70,000 Americans a year
“CLOSE THE BORDER!!!” pic.twitter.com/Y24ZnRr0DY
— ACT For America (@ACTforAmerica) February 8, 2023
Elsewhere in his State of the Union speech, President Biden repeated the incredibly misleading claim that he’s created 12 million jobs in two years.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates just 2.7 million jobs have been created under Biden, while the rest are essentially replacements for those lost during the pandemic.
He also called for a ban on assault weapons, though was unwilling to define such a weapon or even if he knew what would constitute one.
“Ban assault weapons now. Ban them now, once and for all,” he said to cheers on the Democrat side and head shaking from the GOP side.
First Lady’s Kiss
In another odd display from the State of the Union address, First Lady Jill Biden was seen kissing second gentleman Doug Emhoff sparking a viral moment as the two appeared to land on each other’s lips.
The Daily Mail described the moment as Mrs. Biden giving Vice President Kamala Harris’s husband “a very warm greeting.”
Jill Biden just kissed Kamala Harris’ husband on the lips.
Didn’t see that one coming.pic.twitter.com/LdrD25Gcrt
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) February 8, 2023
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy had, prior to the SOTU address, said he would not engage in “theatrics” because he “respect(s) the other side.”
His comments came following calls from some conservatives to tear up Biden’s speech in the same manner his predecessor had to President Trump.
But some GOP lawmakers were willing to go there, prompting McCarthy to have to try shushing them on a couple of occasions.
McCarthy forced to shush his own caucus pic.twitter.com/ri2zilqyxj
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) February 8, 2023
It makes for quite a visual to see McCarthy trying to shush Greene when the two formed an alliance to get him that seat behind President Biden.
McCarthy, meanwhile, was spotted having a friendly chat with Harris prior to the speech.
Something you don’t see every day, Vice President Harris and Speaker McCarthy laughing together during a pre #SOTU conversation. (reminder that both lawmakers are from CA)#NexstarDC pic.twitter.com/hobfsOcDJr
— Hannah Brandt (@HannahBrandt_TV) February 8, 2023
While Biden’s speech was enough to put most viewers to sleep, those who watched were certainly not lacking in entertainment thanks to the Republicans who spoke up.
Now is the time to support and share the sources you trust.
The Political Insider ranks #3 on Feedspot’s “100 Best Political Blogs and Websites.”