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SILENT: Republicans lambasted for repudiating Biden’s call to buy American at SOTU speech

SILENT: Republicans lambasted for repudiating Biden’s call to buy American at SOTU speech

SILENT: Republicans lambasted for repudiating Biden's call to buy American at SOTU speech

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Now we know who the real patriots are, and it ain’t the Republicans.

Proof came in the form of the reaction of the assembled members of the GOP to President Biden’s State of the Union address last night, in particular, the section where the president was speaking about bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States after decades of corporate offshoring.

Democrats immediately broke out into a spontaneous chant of “USA, USA, USA!”

Republicans, on the other hand, stayed silent and squirmed uncomfortably in their seats as they saw one of their primary talking points under the Trump regime comfortably co-opted by their political opposition.

The disparity of the responses did not go unnoted by social media wags, who piled on the GOP for their seemingly unpatriotic reaction to the populist notion of American manufacturing self-sufficiency, a reversion to their establishment Republican corporatist roots.

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If only such conspicuous silence was the only response proffered by right-wing Republican extremists.

In the most condemned outburst during Biden’s State of the Union address, GOP Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (R-CO) had the audacity to heckle the president mid-sentence as he spoke about the dangerous effects of military burn pits on the health of American armed forces.

“13 of them,” Rep. Boebert shouted even as Biden was transitioning to speak about the death of son Beau from brain cancer, possibly from exposure to just such environmentally hazardous practices.

For those not immediately conversant in QAnon-level conspiracy theories sprouting in right-wing extremist circles, the “13” was an apparent reference to the 13 military personnel who perished during the American evacuation from Afghanistan last year.

Her disrespectful interjection was booed by even some Republicans when it happened and was the subject of a scathing op-ed from U.S. Army veteran Eileen Rivers USA Today this morning.

“There is also something wrong with reducing what should be thoughtful political discourse – done at the right time with real information – to a shameful and antagonizing heckle,” Rivers declared. “The congresswoman’s comments about a 20-year war perpetuated by leaders in both parties were misleading and lacked context. She not only lowered discourse, she disrespected the office of the presidency. I am a veteran. I spent four years of my life in the Army as an Arabic linguist. I come from a family of veterans. And I am angry,” she continues.

“When she stifled the president, she was also stifling me. Surely others who have lost loved ones felt that, too.”

“Boebert does not speak for me,” Rivers concludes. “And neither do other members of the GOP who reinforced her sentiments on social media.”

The reaction on social media was equally disgusted with the classless Colorado Congresswoman.

All in all, the pressure to remove people like Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene from Congress immediately just got raised, but the reaction of the rest of the Republican Party to Biden’s State of the Union only increases the urgency of defeating them at every possible ballot box in the upcoming mid-term elections.

It is only then that President Biden and the Democratic Party can begin to fulfill their long list of positive legislative changes that can help build America back better.

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Vinnie Longobardo
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Vinnie Longobardo is the Managing Editor of Occupy Democrats. He's a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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