U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., drew plenty of scorn Tuesday night during President Joe Biden’s State of the Union when she called out to remind the president of the 13 U.S. servicemembers who died during the Afghan withdrawal debacle, a moment that the media was quick to compare to U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., shouting “you lie!” at President Barack Obama during a joint speech to Congress in 2009.
While the breach of decorum pales in comparison to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., dramatically ripping up a copy of President Donald Trump’s speech while standing behind him in 2020, the timing of Boebert shouting out proved to be disadvantageous, as Biden was just about to reference his late son, Beau Biden — not that the GOP lawmaker could have known this.
Near the end of his speech, Biden was talking about ending the opioid epidemic, better treatment for veterans and seeking to cure cancer, calling attention to “burn pits” in the military — the reference to late son was to suggest that this could have played a roll in Beau’s brain cancer diagnosis and death in 2015.
“Our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan faced many dangers. One was stationed at bases and breathing in toxic smoke from ‘burn pits’ that incinerated wastes of war—medical and hazard material, jet fuel, and more,” the president said. “When they came home, many of the world’s fittest and best trained warriors were never the same. Headaches. Numbness. Dizziness. A cancer that would put them in a flag-draped coffin.”
It was at this somber moment that Boebert yelled, “You put them in. Thirteen of them!”
Her remark came a split second before Biden added, “I know. One of those soldiers was my son Major Beau Biden. We don’t know for sure if a burn pit was the cause of his brain cancer, or the diseases of so many of our troops. But I’m committed to finding out everything we can.”
A number of lawmakers booed Boebert for the heckling and the camera panned to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who could be seen muttering something under his breath.
Speaker Pelosi’s bizarre reaction to Biden commenting on burn pits was a source of ridicule on social media:
What the hell is this reaction from Nancy Pelosi to Biden talking about soldiers breathing in toxic smoke from burn pits. pic.twitter.com/MKdgMCPnVf
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) March 2, 2022
what the… pic.twitter.com/fCAtHsunqc
— Madison Cawthorn (@CawthornforNC) March 2, 2022
Touching on Afghanistan without acknowledging the brave Americans who died at the hands of a suicide bomber outside the Kabul airport, arguably the low point of Biden’s presidency in 2021, prompted House Minority Leader Keven McCarthy, R-Calif., to push back online.
“To the 13 American families who lost loved ones in Afghanistan in August, you deserved to be recognized by the President tonight. Americans remember your sacrifice, and we are forever indebted to you,” he tweeted.
To the 13 American families who lost loved ones in Afghanistan in August, you deserved to be recognized by the President tonight.
Americans remember your sacrifice, and we are forever indebted to you.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) March 2, 2022
Boebert wore a shawl emblazoned with the message, “Drill Baby Drill,” a clear reference to increasing U.S. oil production in the face of Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine — the U.S. is buying nearly 600,000 barrels of oil a day from Moscow. Biden announced Tuesday night that he was releasing 30 million barrels from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve, but said nothing about upping domestic production or backing away from the policies he enacted immediately upon taking office that resulted in a decrease in oil production.
U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene sat near Boebert, along with other Republican lawmakers who flouted signs requesting that they leave an empty seat between attendees. The pair could be seen turning their backs when Biden’s cabinet was being applauded as they entered the room.
— The Recount (@therecount) March 2, 2022
Greene also engaged in cat-calling, joining Boebert in yelling, “build the wall!” as Biden had the temerity to say, “And if we’re to advance liberty and justice, we need to secure the border and fix the immigration system.”
Nearly 2 million illegal immigrants entered the U.S. in Biden’s first year, with many of the migrants openly praising the president — some even wore t-shirts with Biden’s name on them. Fox News reporter Bill Melugin noted in a tweet that January numbers are up from last year’s record-shattering totals.
Biden calls for the Southern border to be secured.
Migrant encounters for FY’22 are already up 126% compared to FY’21 which was the highest year on record.
220,000 “gotaways” since October.
Much of the technology he talked about was never built after wall projects cancelled.
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) March 2, 2022
In another flip-the-script moment, Biden declared, “The answer is not to defund the police. The answer is to FUND the police with the resources and training they need to protect our communities.”
The remark drew a standing ovation from many of the same Democrats who spend two years calling for defunding the police — this being a display of the power of polling. Radical left U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., was among a small number who did not stand. This would have been an ideal moment for the camera to pan to squad leader U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but, alas, viewers were denied here.
Greene, on the other hand, did stand along with her GOP colleagues, sarcastically yelling out, “That’s right!”
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