The State of the Union address that President Biden delivered on Tuesday night was remarkable in several respects. Most importantly because it affirmed that Biden is a vigorous advocate for the principles that most Americans hold dear. From the economy and fair taxation, to climate change, to reproductive rights, to foreign policy, to Social Security, and more, the President was eloquent, effective, and passionately patriotic.
Republicans in the audience, however, were a different story. They behaved like incontinent toddlers howling in frustration, unable to comport themselves courteously, or even coherently. Even while a huge majority of Speech viewers reacted positively (72%, including 43% of Republicans), characters like Marjorie Taylor Greene shouted rudely with the contemptuousness that has made Republicans political pariahs.
Never one to be left out of any media frenzy, Donald Trump shoved his way into this event by live-blogging the speech on his pitifully failing social media site, Truth Social. But his petulant and self-serving outbursts only remind people of just how deranged and consumed with rage he is. His commentary was nothing more than a threaded temper tantrum. He began by dragging down America and, of course, lying.
“We are truly a Nation In Decline, and for that reason I want Joe Biden to do well tonight!”
Yeah, sure he does. Let’s see how that worked out.
“Too much use of the word ‘folks!'”
This coming from the guy who repeats himself like a manic Tourette’s sufferer (i.e. fake news, witch hunt, MAGA, and the unrelenting whine of Russia, Russia, Russia).
“He seems to be very angry, shouting into the mic, when he’s trying to come across as conciliatory. Perhaps somebody should walk up to the dais, tap him on the shoulder, and say, ‘Be cool!'”
What speech was Trump watching? Nevertheless, It’s good advice from someone who knows what being persistently angry is all about.
“On Unemployment, far fewer people are working now—a false figure, because the workforce is smaller, at 3.4%, is virtually meaningless!”
WRONG! There are millions more Americans working today than when Biden took office. The labor force participation rate declined during Trump’s term, and recovered during Biden’s.
“We wouldn’t have had the War with Russia and Ukraine if I were President. I could also end it in 24 hours—which is what should happen!”
Trump has previously claimed that he has magic words that would end the war, but he refuses to tell anyone.
“Just showed Swalwell, a man who spent a lot of time in Spy Fang Fang’s ‘honey net,’ and wasn’t removed from our most important Committee. Only in America!”
Trump is disseminating this slanderous lie because he’s afraid of Rep. Swalwell, and also because he’s a big baby.
“He’s absolutely screaming, ‘Infrastructure, Infrastructure,’ then he shouldn’t be wasting all of our money on China-produced windmills and the Green New Deal!”
Biden’s infrastructure bill got bipartisan support, and even the Republicans who voted against it have tried to take credit for it. Also, majorities support the “Green New Deal.”
“Just showed Racist Maxine Waters with a big smile on her face, but this is a woman that truly hates America!”
Every Black person is a racist in Trump’s eyes. He says the same thing about Leticia James, the Attorney General of New York.
“If I ever made a Speech like this, they’d run me out of Washington, D.C. But there’s time left, maybe he can save it.”
Who wants to remind Trump that the American people did run him out of Washington?
“Pocahontas is really going wild tonight—She almost has to be constrained, the only thing that will do it is the straight jacket!”
Trump is referring to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who committed the sin of applauding. Did Trump see his bestie Marjorie Taylor Greene?
Marjorie Taylor Greene at SOTU (Getty) pic.twitter.com/rjuKaTqDmG
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 8, 2023
“He’s lying so much about Social Security, Medicare, and so many other things!”
For the record, GOP Sen. Rick Scott actually put his plan to “sunset” Social Security and other programs into writing. And he just doubled down on it on Twitter. Meanwhile, Biden got Republicans to join Democrats in a standing ovation for his comment that “We all apparently agree, Social Security and Medicare is off the books now, right?”
In addition to Trump’s live blogging, he finished his evening rant by posting a video of what he called “the real State of the Union.” However, it was just more of his dystopian, “American Carnage” rhetoric about how awful the country is. For instance…
“Over the past two years under Biden millions and millions of illegal aliens from 160 different countries have stormed across our Southern border […] Savage killers, rapists, and violent criminals are being released from jail to continue their crime. […] Real wages are down 20 months in a row. Gas prices have soared and are now going up much higher than even before (both false). […] Joe Biden’s weaponized Justice Department — and I’m a victim of it — is persecuting his political opponents. […] They’re trying to indoctrinate and mutilate our children. […] He’s leading us to the brink of World War III.”
That compendium of pessimism and horror is typical of the GOP’s current public positions. It was affirmed in Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ response to the State of the Union, wherein she contrasted Biden’s optimism with the nightmarish future envisioned by Republicans. Although she did mange to squeeze out one true statement…
“The dividing line in America is no longer between right or left. The choice is between normal or crazy.”
Exactly! Unfortunately, she doesn’t understand how most people will interpret that. It’s also sad that the craziness on the right is already leading to violent incidents by Trump cultists. And Trump is actually egging them on.
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