Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) expressed no remorse for her behavior towards President Joe Biden during the State of the Union address, telling CNN in a post-speech interview that she “doesn’t clap for liars.”
CNN’s Manu Raju asked Greene on Wednesday if she and other GOP lawmakers “took the bait” in hitting out at the president. She responded that she received so much support for her actions that she felt as though she’d won her election again.
“I didn’t take any bait. I’m a representative of the people and that’s exactly what I did last night. As a matter of fact I got so many messages from people in my district and people across the country, it was like I won my election again,” Greene responded.
Greene ripped Biden for avoiding any discussion about the Chinese spy balloon which traversed the country before it was eventually shot down off the coast of South Carolina on Sunday. She additionally accused him of lying during his speech.
“You know what, people are pissed off and for the president of the United States to come into the people’s house and lie like he did about the economy, the border, and then act like he’s terrified of China and unwilling to talk about the fact that they spied on us last night?” Greene said. “Yeah, he got exactly what he deserved and I’m not sorry one bit.”
She denied the claim that House Speaker Kevin McCarthy was upset with Republican House members and refused the idea that she should clap for the president out of respect.
“What am I going to do, stand up and give golf claps?” she said. “No, thank you. I don’t clap for liars.”
Biden’s speech came amid a seemingly unerring intent to run for reelection, but a new survey may put a damper on those plans. An AP-NORC poll suggests that the president has support from only 37% of Democrats to run for a second term, a significant decrease from the 52% support that he saw prior to the midterms.
This means that a sizable chunk of his own party do not wish to see him run again.
“While Biden has trumpeted his legislative victories and ability to govern, the poll suggests relatively few U.S. adults give him high marks on either. Follow-up interviews with poll respondents suggest that many believe the 80-year-old’s age is a liability, with people focused on his coughing, his gait, his gaffes and the possibility that the world’s most stressful job would be better suited for someone younger,” the Associated Press reported.
“Overall, 41% approve of how Biden is handling his job as president, the poll shows, similar to ratings at the end of last year,” the report continued. “A majority of Democrats still approve of the job Biden is doing as president, yet their appetite for a reelection campaign has slipped despite his electoral track record. Only 22% of U.S. adults overall say he should run again, down from 29% who said so before last year’s midterm elections.”
“The decline among Democrats saying Biden should run again for president appears concentrated among younger people. Among Democrats age 45 and over, 49% say Biden should run for reelection, nearly as many as the 58% who said that in October. But among those under age 45, 23% now say he should run for reelection after 45% said that before the midterms,” it added.
Biden, regardless, seems to be set on running again, as he hinted to a crowd of Democratic officials and activists over the weekend that a 2024 reelection announcement would come in the near future.
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