Tuesday night, President Biden gave Congress his State of the Union address. Democrats were quick to applaud at nearly every point that the President made. Congresswomen Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene were not so quick to pad the President’s address with overzealous bursts of praise.
Biden announced in his address that “We need to secure our border and fix the immigration system.” Greene and Boebert were quick to pounce – chanting “Build a Wall!” until the President moved on.
Boebert and Greene are well aware of the crisis at the border and jumped on the opportunity to provide an actual solution to securing the southern border. Something that President Trump started during his term but was halted during Biden’s first day in office.
Biden may have claimed that he wants to secure the southern border, but his actions have proved otherwise, and the data is there to support it. As Ukrainians flee the war in their country, Biden asked Customs and Border Patrol officers to leave their posts on the border and instead help evacuate and assist in the operations – a move that he also attempted during the failed Afghanistan evacuation.
As a result of short staffing the border and halting the construction of the border wall, immigration has surged to extreme levels, 2022 topping a 126% increase from last year’s fiscal year-to-date totals.
As Biden spoke about his plans to expand support for veterans, he proclaimed to fight “cancer that would put them in a flag-draped coffin” as a result of the toxic burn pits that the United States military uses.
Boebert capitalized on this, exclaiming “You put them in. Thirteen of them!” Referencing the 13 servicemembers killed during the failed evacuation of Afghanistan, Boebert received boos by her congressional colleagues.
When asked about the heckling the President received during his address, Press Secretary Jen Psaki responded that because Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene heckled during Biden’s unity agenda, “I think that says a lot more about them than it does about how important these priorities are and how much the vast majority of people who were sitting there watching in that chamber last night could work together to solve exactly those problems. And others, too, probably.”
Psaki is absolutely right that it “says a lot more about them than it does about how important these priorities are.” Boebert and Greene are under no illusion regarding the hollow nature of Biden’s actions and his proposed actions. They know as well as the Democrats do, that promises are only political theatre until the desired results are achieved.
Biden’s promise to “secure our border and fix the immigration system” in conjunction with the actions he has taken up to this point to secure the border is indicative of this hollow agenda. While his empty words fail to plug the holes in the border, his actions create more.
It appeared to be more of a campaign speech rather than an address about the state of the nation. Congress needs more people like Boebert and Greene, who are willing to publicly and rightfully call out Biden for his fumbling of the border crisis and Afghanistan evacuation.
Boebert and Greene did more to represent the American people in their two short outbursts than anyone else in the chamber. Rather, the congresswomen spoke more to the state of the union than the address itself.