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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.
Scandal-plagued Rep. George Santos (R-NY) derided President Joe Biden's State of the Union Address as "gaslighting" Tuesday – and was promptly ridiculed on social media.
Santos, who reportedly arrived at the address early in a fruitless effort to get Biden's handshake, posted to Twitter "SOTU category is: GASLIGHTING!", referencing the common term for the phenomenon of a liar trying to manipulate people who don't believe them question their own sanity.
Santos — who has faced a mounting avalanche of scandals including the revelation he lied about almost every aspect of his life and is the focus of multiple investigations over his shady campaign finance practices – even allegedly trying to rip off a dying service dog's GoFundMe — was deluged in mockery.
"If anyone knows Gaslighting, it's George Santos!" wrote actor Billy Baldwin.
"Is this a parody account?" asked musician Justin Trawick. "Bro, just come clean already: you’re an Andy Kaufman project from beyond the grave. Nothing else makes sense!" wrote New York state Sen. Gustavo Rivera.
Rank and file users also went after Santos.
"The definition of gaslighting is George Santos accusing someone of gaslighting," wrote one user. Another mocked Santos' constant fabrication of his own CV, writing, "Thank you for fighting at the Battle of Gettysburg to preserve this Union. We’re indebted to your sacrifice to our country. Godspeed."
Yet another simply linked to CNN's Melanie Zanona reporting that Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) told Santos "you don't belong here" in conversation ahead of the president's arrival.
In Tuesday's State of the Union Address, President Joe Biden gave a triumphant shout-out to the resilience of American democracy in the face of the attack on the U.S. Capitol as Trump supporters tried to stop the peaceful transfer of power.
"Two years ago, our democracy faced its greatest threat since the Civil War," he said. "Today, though bruised, our democracy remains unbowed and unbroken."
One person who pointedly did not react to this line was newly elected House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) — who has defended former President Donald Trump over his role in the attack – despite privately demanding the former president resign – and who now runs a House majority that includes dozens of lawmakers who voted to overturn the election that day.
"'Today, though bruised, our democracy remains unbowed and unbroken,' President Biden says. Vice President Harris stands to applaud. Speaker McCarthy does not," wrote Associated Press White House reporter Chris Megerian.
This did not go unnoticed on Twitter, with commenters slamming McCarthy.
"Kevin McCarthy can’t clap for 'our democracy remains unbroken?'" tweeted former GOP strategist and Republican National Committee spokesman Tim Miller.
"So telling that McCarthy sat on his hands and was expressionless when @POTUS proclaimed 'our democracy remains unbroken,'" tweeted former CBS News White House correspondent Peter Maer.
"Kevin McCarthy not clapping at 'Our democracy remains unbroken' is all you need to know about this GOP majority," wrote former Commerce Department official James Slattery.
Others pointed out that it wasn't just McCarthy — few Republicans anywhere in the House Chamber clapped at the line.
"Biden says 'Today, though bruised, our democracy remains unbowed and unbroken.' almost no republicans clapped," wrote Bulwark reporter Joe Perticone.