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During the State of the Union Address, President Joe Biden was able to get Republicans to stand apparently in support of Social Security and Medicare – programs considered by many to be on the table as part of debt ceiling negotiations.
"This speech was long in word count, but it was delivered with a lot of energy and a lot of pace, and a combativeness and liveliness that I am not sure that we have ever seen in this particular type of presidential address," said MSNBC's Rachel Maddow.
"We had a number of instances in which it appeared to be, our sense was that there were members of Congress on the Republican side who were shouting at him, heckling, at least responding to him. Rather than him shutting that down or ignoring that or have it be, sort of, a crisis moment. Instead took those opportunities to have the argument, to challenge them back."
That's when the Social Security and Medicare stand came, when Maddow noted Biden turned "the heckling back on the Republicans and sort of tricked them into agreeing with him publicly that they would not do that."
Chris Hayes said that it's not the best idea to try and debate with someone who is on stage and has the only microphone in the room.
Calling it "rhetorically at his best," Hayes said it gives a sense of what Biden would be like when negotiating on the debt ceiling.
"It also showed -- and this was, I think, throughout the first two-thirds of the speech, the agenda, on domestic policy that he has proposed and passed and he's proposing now, is broadly popular stuff," said Hayes. "And he really just led with that and stayed with that and wanted to keep putting their face. And when he said some of you have proposed sunsetting Medicare and Social Security, they got angry, because the truth of the matter is, some of them have proposed that, including Rick Scott, who ran the Republican Senate campaign -- much to the chagrin of Mitch McConnell, as well as Ron Johnson. So, he was squarely on the facts there."
Hayes said that Biden understands that he has 60 percent of Americans on his side about a lot of stuff, including his kitchen table issues.
Joy Reid cracked up at the "brilliant speechcraft."
"He said stand up and show them we will not cut social security. Then they start howling -- so he said, stand up then. Stand up!" Reid laughed.
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Seconds after President Joe Biden finished his State of the Union Address, his predecessor Donald Trump responded with a furious rant.
"Here's the real State of the Union," the former president wrote. "Over the past two years under Biden, millions and millions of illegal aliens from 160 different countries have stormed across our Southern border. Drug cartels are now raking in billions of dollars from smuggling poison to kill our people and to kill our children. Savage killers, rapists and violent criminals are being released from jail to continue their crime wave and under Biden the murder rate has reached the highest in the history of our country."
Trump then attacked the Justice Department, baselessly claiming he is a target of political persecution.
"Joe Biden's weaponized Justice Department, and I'm a victim of it, is persecuting his political opponents," wrote Trump. "His administration is waging war on free speech. They're trying to indoctrinate and mutilate our children. He's leading us to the brink of World War III. And on top of all of that, he's the most corrupt president in American history, and it's not even close."
He then vowed that "we are going to reverse every single crisis" because "I am running for President to end the destruction of our country and to complete the unfinished business of Making America Great Again."
All of this comes as Trump remains under multiple federal and state investigations, both for his involvement in the 2020 plot to overturn the results of the presidential election, and his apparent efforts to conceal classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago complex in Palm Beach, Florida.
President Joe Biden endured many interruptions from the far-right during the State of the Union, but among those Republicans and former Republican allies, there was a shock seeing him go after the House GOP, "and win."
“Joe Biden sparring with the crowd and winning wasn’t something I expected," said former Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL).
"Whoa. It’s not often you see an 80-year-old man giving a public beat down to 222 grown adults, but my word. What a night," said former Rep. David Jolly (R-FL).
Posting a photo of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) in one of her screaming fits from the back row, Kinzinger asked how she could possibly be the leader of his party.
"My fellow Republicans… you really want this as a role model for your kids? Do you really think the next generation will want to be part of this? I don’t," he said, going on to call for her censure for her behavior.
As Raw Story reported earlier, Greene at one point screamed "LIAR" when Biden said that some Republicans want to sunset Social Security and Medicare. It was part of a proposal presented by Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) during the last election cycle. It was roundly denounced by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
Biden managed to get everyone in the room to agree they would never cut the programs and "show seniors by standing up."
"So we all agree, Social Security and Medicare are off the books," said Biden. The room stood.