House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) has suggested that those GOP members that shouted and heckled during the State of the Union address were not suitable for serving in Congress. On Tuesday, President Biden gave his second State of the Union address.
Following the speech, Jeffries took to Twitter to write that President Biden had delivered an attractive speech focused on the vision he had for the future of the country. He added that the dignity that President Biden showed during the speech was easily contrasted by the right-wing extremists who were shouting during the speech. He added that they are “unfit to serve.”
Prior to the State of the Union speech Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) had said that Republicans would act according to the congressional “code of ethics” during the State of the Union address. However, that was not entirely the case as many Republicans could be heard shouting during several different parts of the speech.
Specifically, when Biden referred to how some members of the GOP were set on wanting to sunset Social Security and Medicare in five years, many GOP members shouted and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) even stood up and shouted above everyone “liar.” While this happened McCarthy was shaking his head. Following that, during different times when the Republicans got loud, McCarthy went as far as to shush them.
Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) had called for all federal legislation to sunset every five years as part of his agenda. He had argued that Congress could always pass again any program or law that they thought important enough to keep.
McCarthy himself, however, had said that Social Security and Medicare were “off the table” when it came to any spending cut negotiations regarding the increase of the debt ceiling.