President Biden was heckled during his State of the Union speech Tuesday night as he feigned concern over the nation’s fentanyl crisis, which is reaching new heights thanks to Biden’s reckless border policy.
Republican Andy Ogles (Tn.) shouted “it’s your fault!” as Biden lamented the deadly toll of opioids pouring into the country.
Biden’s faux concern
Throughout his remarks, Biden presented himself as a champion of the middle class and America’s “forgotten” heartland, which has been devastated by offshoring and opioids in recent years.
When Biden turned to the fentanyl crisis, the hypocrisy was too much for some in the crowd.
“Fentanyl is killing more than 70,000 Americans a year,” Biden said, causing Ogles to shout, “it’s your fault!” amid an outcry from Republicans yelling “border!”
Biden appeared unfazed by the response, saying “you got it” and flashing a grin. Later, Ogles said Biden has “not done a damn thing” about the effectively open southern border.
“For him to stand there with a straight face, and tell us that he has a solution, when with a stroke of a pen he could have shut down the border … that offends me,” Ogles said.
More spin on the border
Biden has long claimed the southern border is “secure” despite a record influx of immigrants and deadly drugs. Over 100,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in the 12-month period ending in August 2022.
As many expected, Biden didn’t dwell on the border in his remarks. When he briefly touched on the topic, he bragged about “arresting 8,000 human smugglers and seizing over 23,000 pounds of fentanyl in just the last several months” — a rosy summary of the crisis if there ever was one.
Rejecting any responsibility for a crisis he has never officially acknowledged, Biden urged Congress to pass funding for “border security” that he tied to a “pathway to citizenship.”
“If you won’t pass my comprehensive immigration reform, at least pass my plan to provide the equipment and officers to secure the border. And a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, those on temporary status, farm workers, and essential workers,” he said.
Biden also called for a “major surge to stop fentanyl production, sale, and trafficking,” but failed to mention China’s role as a supplier of the poison — as one Republican noted, yelling, “it came from China!”
Doubling down on his administration’s conciliatory tone toward China, Biden said he would cooperate with America’s top rival “where it can advance American interests and benefit the world.”
He briefly defended his delayed reaction in shooting down China’s spy balloon, saying he sent a “clear” message that threats to America’s sovereignty will meet a response.