Former HUD Secretary, Ben Carson, wants to know how Joe Biden’s State of the Union speech, full of segments demonizing Republicans, is supposed to foster the “unity” Biden speaks of so often. Amber Athey reports on Carson’s questions about Biden’s speech in Spectator World, writing:
Dr. Ben Carson said that President Joe Biden attempted to “demonize” Republicans during his State of the Union address Tuesday night.
“I think perhaps the one that hit me strongest was the attempt to demonize Republicans and say that they were anti-Social Security and Medicare and elderly people,” Carson told The Spectator when asked about his least favorite part of Biden’s speech. “I mean, how is that going to result in unity?”
President Biden accused Republicans of trying to sunset Social Security and Medicare every five years, an allegation that prompted jeers and shouts of “liar!” from the GOP caucus in the House Chamber. It was the most prominent of the night’s many heckles: later on, Biden floated the prospect ending the Covid public health emergency soon, to which one GOP member shouted words to the effect of “end it now, then!” There were lots of little interruptions from the Squad too, particularly Rashida Tlaib. The Michigan Democrat kept yelling “that’s right” or “that ain’t right.”
Biden also spoke of the January 6 riot that took place at the Capitol Building a little over two years ago, which the president referred to as the greatest threat to American democracy since the Civil War.
“We’ve had a lot of attacks,” the former Housing and Urban Development secretary said. “You know, you look at all the riots that occurred in 2020 attacking federal buildings. I mean, that was pretty awful too. To sit there and try to categorize which one is worse probably is not a useful exercise.”
Carson also hit the president’s comments about bringing back a “bipartisan” immigration policy, explaining that Biden’s lack of border security has created a crisis at the southern border.
“I thought he had a lot of nerve to talk about that,” Carson said, “considering the policies that he and his administration have, which have done nothing but exacerbate the situation at the border.”
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