- Jaime Harrison said Reps. Boebert and Greene “might as well” carry trash bags to the State of the Union.
- “It was that kind of trash sitting in the garage for a week,” the DNC president wrote of their antics.
- They chanted “Build the Wall” and Boebert heckled Biden as he spoke about his dead son.
Critics are coming in for the antics of GOP Reps. Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor-Greene during President Joe Biden’s State of the Union — and Democratic National Committee Chairman Jaime Harrison was among those who didn’t. were impressed.
“Might as well have been carrying bulky bags…it was that kind of trash sitting in the garage for a week,” Harrison tweeted in response to former South Carolina state legislator Mandy Powers Norrell. who called congresswomen “trash.”
Boebert and Greene both heckled Biden repeatedly during his first State of the Union address on Tuesday night. They also turned their backs and refused to applaud when Biden entered the room. The two congressmen tried but failed to initiate a “Build the Wall” chant as Biden spoke on immigration reform. But other Republican lawmakers refused to join in, and one on the Democratic side of the aisle told the congresswomen to sit down.
Then Boebert heckled Biden as he discussed the health effects of toxic fire pits on US military and veterans – including the role the fire pits may have played in the death of his son. cancer.
“When they got home, many of the fittest, best-trained warriors in the world weren’t the same. Headaches. Numbness. Dizziness. Cancer that would put them in a flag-draped coffin . I know,” Biden said.
The Colorado congressman then burst in to shout “you put them on, 13 of them,” just before Biden mentioned his son Beau, who died at age 46 from a rare and aggressive brain tumor. Biden has previously suggested that Beau’s brain cancer was at least partially caused by poisonous hotbeds he encountered while deployed to Iraq.
“One of those soldiers was my son, Major Beau Biden,” Biden continued, ignoring Boebert and continuing his speech. “We don’t know for sure if a hotbed was the cause of his brain cancer or the illnesses of so many of our soldiers. But I’m determined to find out whatever we can.”
Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, a prominent House Democrat, told Insider after the speech that Boebert’s outburst was “shameful.”
“I don’t know if I belong to the same human race as someone who thinks it makes sense to yell at someone when they talk about their dead son,” he said.
Harrison compared the outburst to the infamous 2009 incident when GOP Rep. Joe Wilson shouted “you’re lying!” to former President Barack Obama during a joint congressional address.
“After Joe Wilson’s ‘You Lie’ embarrassment a few years ago, you’d think the GOP would have groomed their unruly toddlers, but I guess after last night’s disrespectful antics, some of the whole -little ones became juvenile delinquents”, Harrison tweeted.
The two far-right congressmen, both elected in 2020, are known to have made inflammatory statements, including derisive comments and face-to-face confrontations with their colleagues on Capitol Hill.
Greene was removed from his committee duties and permanently suspended from Twitter, and is currently under scrutiny for attending and speaking on Friday at a white nationalist conference led by Nick Fuentes, who the Anti-Defamation League called ” well-known white supremacist”. expert and organizer.”