(Headline USA) For somebody who is Speaker of the House, leftist Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., sure spends a lot of time telling other people to stop speaking.
First it was American athletes at the Olympics, who Pelosi told to shut up. Now it’s other politicians who Pelosi wants to strip of their speech rights, admonishing two freedom-loving Republicans to “shut up” after they criticized President Joe Biden during his rambling State of the Union address.
“I agree with what Sen. Lindsey Graham said, ‘Shut up.’ That’s what he said to them. They should just shut up,” Pelosi told reporters about the interruptions by GOP Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert during Tuesday’s address.
The first incident took place as Biden was gaslighting about immigration on the southern border, which has devolved into total chaos under his open border policies.
Greene, a Georgia freshman and member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, stood up and began chanting, ‘Build the wall! Build the wall!’ in reference to the border wall former President Donald Trump began building during his administration.
The second incident happened as Biden began to discuss how his son Beau, who died of cancer, was among many veterans who may have suffered from toxic exposure to military burn pits used extensively in Iraq and Afghanistan. Beau Biden, a U.S. Army major, died in 2015, a loss which Biden shamefully uses frequently to deflect criticism from his failing policies.
“A cancer that put them in a flag-draped coffin,” Biden started to say, when Boebert yelled, “You put them in. Thirteen of them!”
Boebert, a freshman from Colorado, said her comments were made in defense of the 13 service members who were killed during the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan last August. Biden, by contrast, made no reference to the tragic death of U.S. troops that resulted from his disastrous and deadly withdrawal from that country.
In the chamber, the comment drew an outpouring of boos from Democrats, adding a note of political division to an address that received several moments of robust bipartisan applause. The television cameras were focused on Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, when the heckling occurred. Graham, who is considered by many to be a RINO at heart, was caught on camera mumbling what appeared to be “shut up” under his breath in response.
Boebert responded to Pelosi’s Thursday comments and said: “I will not shut up” about what she called Biden’s failure in Afghanistan “and the 13 heroes we lost because of it.”
The incidents were just the latest breach of decorum for a presidential address, an annual event where unruly behavior by lawmakers has become more frequent. Republican Rep. Joe Wilson shouted “you lie!” at President Barack Obama during a joint speech to Congress in 2009, in response to Obama lying. Eleven years later, Pelosi ripped up a copy of Trump’s speech while standing behind him, again on the warpath to silence others.
Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press