President Biden was heckled at his first State of the Union address by Republican Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert. During Biden’s roughly one-hour speech, Greene (R-Ga.) made faces and muttered, particularly when he spoke about administering vaccines to children, while Boebert (R-Colo.) earned greater gasps for slamming Biden’s Afghanistan exit by invoking the deaths of 13 US troops in an August bombing at Kabul’s airport.
Greene said something in Biden’s direction when he spoke about ordering antiviral pills from Pfizer, but many of her utterances were inaudible to reporters. This critical behavior reminded to when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped up President Donald Trump’s speech at the end of the 2020 State of the Union address. However, after the SOTU, Pelosi said the two congresswoman should shut up – that video of Pelosi is here.
Greene joined in a nearly unanimous standing ovation, which was boycotted by a small handful of leftist lawmakers including Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) when Biden said “the answer is not to defund the police.”
“That’s right!” she yelled, said report.
But she also yelled: “Build the wall!” in reference to Trump’s US-Mexico border wall, which Biden halted as one of his first acts in office when Biden said that “we need to secure the border.”
While Greene was mostly ignored, Boebert, who was sitting near Greene in a shoulder-to-shoulder array with allies who flouted signs requesting that they leave an empty seat between attendees, drew shouted replies from Democrats for her heckling.
Boebert also shouted while Biden was speaking about veterans and making a very thinly veiled reference to his own late son, Beau Biden.
“They come home, many of the world’s fittest and best-trained warriors in the world, never the same. Headaches, numbness, dizziness. A cancer that would put them in a flag-draped coffin,” Biden said, on which Boebert shouted: “You put them in! Thirteen of them!”