Trump Urges "End To The Destruction Of Our Country" After Biden Heckled, Booed By Republicans During SOTU

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by Tyler Durden
Wednesday, Feb 08, 2023 - 01:50 AM

Update (1045ET): 72 minutes later and it's over...

Bond King Jeff Gundlach perfectly summarized the speech for Americans:

And our take...

But, before we get into the details, first things first, there was this...

Biden, at 80, is the oldest president to give a State of the Union address... and it showed.

While discussing law enforcement and the death of Tyre Nichols in Memphis, Biden referred to him as "Tyler." Biden called Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer the Senate "minority" leader

In a somewhat stunning statement, President Biden claimed he’s succeeded in driving illegal migration “down” during his State of the Union Tuesday night.

As Biden called on Congress to pass a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants along with resources for border security, Republicans heckled him once again, prompting Democrats to yell "order!"

As The Daily Caller reports, the president’s statement follows a record surge in illegal immigration in fiscal year 2022, when U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recorded more than 2.3 million migrant encounters and in December, when the agency recorded more than 250,000 migrant encounters, marking the highest month on record.

Republicans roared with boos and condemnation as President Biden accused them of wanting to ruin Social Security and Medicare.

“Some of my Republican friends want to take the economy hostage, I get it, unless I agree to their economic plans,” Biden said.

“All of you at home should know what their plans are. Instead of making the wealthy pay their fair share, some Republicans want Medicare and Social Security to sunset. I’m not saying it’s the majority..."

Republican Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene yelled out, calling Biden a “liar.”

President Biden slammed SCOTUS for overturning Roe vs Wade (as the Justices responsible for the decision sat un-partisanly in front of him).

When Biden mentioned U.S. relations with China, one Republican shouted "China spied on us!"

On the issue of fentanyl, Republicans once again erupted, shouting "Your fault!" before standing in ovation to applaud Biden's calls to "launch a major surge" to stop production, sale and trafficking of the drug.

Biden also took a moment to make an aside about the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol breach near the beginning of the speech, calling it “the greatest threat [to democracy] since the Civil War.

Finally, in a response of his own, President Trump said: “I am running for president to end the destruction of our country and to complete the unfinished business of making America great again. We will make our country better than ever before, and we will always put America first,”

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President Biden will read a carefully prepared State of the Union Speech on Tuesday night in front of a newly divided Congress, where he's likely to tout last week's jobs report, and use it as a soft launch for his 2024 reelection campaign despite the fact that a majority of Democrats who don't want him to run again.

If you are too tired to listen, here's our un-educated guess at the Tl;dr:

Bad things: billionaires (tax them, shouldn't exist), buybacks (tax 'em too), balloons (Chinese ones!), big-oil (making too much money), big-tech (slam them unless they censor 'the other'), white men (where do we start?), guns (kill people), police (kill people), and Putin (well durr, he's Hitler).

Good things: inflation (coming down, right?), gas prices (coming down, right?), jobs (allowing people to work is good for employment), climate (The IRA will spend taxpayer money to save the world), COVID (crushed it... or was it just a bad cold?), immigration (not a crisis... and how else can we get so much fentanyl to calm the masses into the country), non-white men (or those that identify as non-white men), Zelensky (heroic spending of US taxpayer money), and Putin ('war is a racket' after all eh 'big guy'?)

Looking to pass the time, here's SOTU Bingo (best of luck)!

And this might be even more useful (but please imbibe responsibly)...(via

Based on NPR's estimated list of key topics that President Biden will address, here is our recommended drinking game.

Take one drink when:

  • Biden mentions job growth

  • Low unemployment rate is mentioned

  • Ukraine is mentioned

  • Any mention of the Chinese spy balloon

Take two drinks when:

  • Mention of the Inflation Reduction Act

  • Climate change is brought up, especially in connection to electric vehicles

  • COVID and/or coronavirus-related funding is mentioned

  • Federal student debt is mentioned

Take three drinks when:

  • Biden says, "Come on, man!"

  • Biden says "Here's the deal"

  • Any mention of Donald Trump

  • Biden mentions Vladimir Putin

  • Biden mentions Vice President Harris

Finish your drink if:

  • Someone walks out in protest

  • Biden says "God Bless America"

  • The Democrats give Biden a standing ovation while members of the GOP remain seated

So, sit back and enjoy watching the State of The Union Speech live here (due to start at):

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said that he won't tear up President Biden's State of the Union speech, referencing former Speaker Nancy Pelosi's famous action following former President Trump's 2020 State of the Union address.

“I don’t believe in the theatrics of tearing up speeches,” McCarthy said in a video.

“I respect the other side, I can disagree on policy. But I want to make sure this country is stronger, economically sound, energy independent, secure and accountable.”

Republicans have tapped Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, former President Trump's White House press secretary and someone seen as a reliable ally of the former President, to deliver the party's official response to the speech.

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chair Ronna McDaniel issued a statement Tuesday, ahead of President Biden's address.

“The state of the union is weaker and American families are suffering because of Joe Biden. There is a reason Republicans took back the House, and that’s because of speeches like tonight where Biden will ignore and deflect blame for inflation, rising crime, and a border crisis he created. Americans deserve solutions, but all they’ll hear from Biden are excuses.”

Watch live here...

While Republican leadership has pointed to Sanders' speech as a platform for the GOP’s “optimistic” vision, we note that Former President Trump will also respond to President Biden's State of the Union address on Tuesday night, according to a person familiar with Trump’s plans, offering a rebuttal that is separate from the official GOP response.

As we detailed earlier, President Biden will read a carefully prepared State of the Union Speech on Tuesday night in front of a newly divided Congress, where he's likely to tout last week's jobs report, and use it as a soft launch for his 2024 reelection campaign despite the fact that a majority of Democrats who don't want him to run again.

Biden will likely argue that Americans are doing better on average than when he took office, and falsely claim that inflation isn't his fault.

"Do I take any blame for inflation? No," Biden said Friday. "Because it was already there when I got here, man. … Jobs were hemorrhaging, inflation was rising, we weren’t manufacturing a damn thing here, we were in real economic difficultly, that’s why I don’t."

Except... inflation was 1.4% when Biden took office.

Even The Hill notes that "there are signs that even a productive past year that featured major investments in the economy and declining concerns about a recession may not be enough for Biden to excite even some in his own party about a 2024 bid."

"I think this is an impossible speech to give because it’s a speech that requires him to speak both about the state of the union as it is and the direction he hopes to lead it, which is about playing the role of statesman. But it also is going to lay the groundwork for most likely his own run for office in 2024, which will call for him to be decidedly political and to cover all kinds of ground," said William Howell, a political scientist at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.

What else will Biden say?

Biden will likely call on Congress to raise the debt limit without conditions, challenging Republicans to send him a 'clean' bill, while warning against cuts to Social Security and Medicare - cuts which House Speaker Kevin McCarthy already said were off the table.

He will undoubtedly mention the war in Ukraine, framing it as a broader fight against Russian aggression. Some foreign policy experts have suggested Biden may use the speech to lay out a possible roadmap to ending US involvement in Ukraine, The Hill reports.

Biden may also call for police reform following the beating death of Tyre Nichols at the hands of Memphis police - which was widely framed as an issue of white supremacy, despite involving only black officers, working for a black Chief of Police, and a black suspect. Nichols, 29, died in a hospital on Jan. 10, three days after he was beaten by the five officers - who have all been hit with several charges.

He may also encourage lawmakers to strike a bipartisan immigration deal after his administration spent the last two years encouraging unchecked illegal migration into the United States.

What won't Biden mention?

Unless his doctors failed to dial in his cocktail, Biden probably won't touch on his classified document scandal, the Hunter Biden investigations, or the removal of several Democrats - including Eric Swalwell, Adam Schiff, and Ilhan Omar, from prominent Congressional committees.

We also don't imagine he'll mention the embarrassing Chinese spy balloon he let traverse the entire United States before shooting down.