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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.
The State of the Union brought together a Democratic president and Senate along with a divided and far-right House of Representatives.
According to MSNBC's Garrett Haake, Rep. George Santos (R-NY) got to the House chamber earlier than anyone else, even reporters and set himself up on the aisle so he could shake hands with those who came in. Santos appeared to be trying to talk to Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) but it appeared that Romney had no interest in speaking to him, turning his back.
There were concerns about whether Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) or Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) would "make a scene" as they had in the past, yelling back at President Joe Biden during the speech.
But it was Greene who was seated in the back row screaming and interrupting at every opportunity.
At one point she 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 int he 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.
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Former President Donald Trump spoke out ahead of the State of the Union Address claiming that he created a "booming economy" that he handed President Joe Biden when he left office.
Citing numbers and figures taken from sources including Breitbart, the archives of the Trump White House and the Heritage Foundation, Trump's statement credits him with achievements including creating 7 million jobs.
In reality, though he may have created the jobs, he lost many of them as Trump's White House faced the COVID-19 pandemic.
Trump complained about the price of eggs, which have increased partly due to an outbreak of Avian Flu. The increase in the cost of eggs isn't quite as bad as it was in Dec. 2022, according to CNBC. In fact, the price is lower as of Feb. 6, 2023, than it was in March 30, 2020, under Donald Trump.