Last night, President Joe Biden gave his first State of the Union address as he approached the traditional 100-day landmark in office.
The President covered a variety of issues throughout his speech, ranging from jobs, the Covid response, and taxing and spending.
He took the opportunity to promote many of his bills that are currently awaiting debate in the Senate, as he looks to introduce an unprecedented amount of spending to solve the Covid crisis.
However, his first address didn’t appear to be a hit, with only 51% of CNN viewers giving a positive reaction.
In comparison, former President Donald Trump’s first SOTU address received a 57% positive reaction from CNN viewers.
The reaction on social media wasn’t better either, as the President was slammed and criticized from all corners of Twitter for remarks made throughout the speech.
After the President failed to give Trump any credit for Operation Warp Speed, which allowed the record-breaking vaccination program to commence, as well as mocking gun owners and declaring he did not want conflict with any enemies of America, numerous Republicans took to Twitter to criticize this year’s SOTU.
Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, who voted to convict the former President Trump in February, stated that she was ‘not overly inspired’ by Biden’s address, claiming that there was ‘too much spending,’ and, as a result, it made the proposals involved more ‘difficult to truly be bipartisan.’
Texas Governor Gregg Abbot criticized some of the wording of the President’s speech, especially the part where he proclaims that ‘we the people are the government.’
Abbot was very quick to point out that ‘we the people’ are actually protected by the Constitution from the government, showing up Biden’s lack of understanding and his intent on expanding the federal branch.
Many more media figures, political analysts, and commentators were quick to point out the glaring flaws of Biden’s SOTU.
Everybody noticed that the President didn’t once mention the crisis at the southern border, which is turning into a humanitarian catastrophe, with numerous facilities operating way above capacity, with some even facing child sexual abuse allegations.
Critics were also quick to note that Biden’s speech did little to promote his over-arching message of unity, which he also used to end his speech.
Not once does he offer an olive branch to Republicans, as he promoted legislation that would divide Congress straight down the middle.
However, what really seemed to take the cake on social media was the President’s claim that democracy is under attack, making reference to the events of January 6th, claiming that it was ‘the worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.’
Many political heads on Twitter were very quick to debunk his absurd claim that January 6th, in which only 5 deaths were recorded, was the worst attack on US democracy.
Many pointed out that the President seemed to have forgotten about the events of 9/11, which took over 3,000 American lives in coordinated attacks against the nation’s way of life.
Fox News contributor Mollie Hemingway summed Biden’s comments up brilliantly, stating that the President seemed to believe that the Jan.6th riot was worse than ‘various bombings and attacks on our Capitol’ (Weather Underground 1983 attacks), worse than four presidential assassinations and five more assassination attempts, worse than the 9/11 terrorist attacks or the Pearl Harbour bombing.
It’s safe to say that the President’s first State of the Union address wasn’t a popular spectacle, but it can only get better from here…right?