GOP Rep. takes credit for forcing Biden 'to go off script' at the State of The Union

 March 9, 2024

U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is taking credit for forcing President Joe Biden "to go off script." 

Greene did so in a message that she posted to her X account on Friday morning, after Biden, on the previous night, delivered his State of the Union speech.

The congresswoman wrote:


During Biden's State of the Union address, Greene interrupted Biden by shouting out the name "Laken Riley."

For those unfamiliar with the name, Laken Riley is the 22-year-old University of Georgia nursing student who was allegedly murdered by an illegal immigrant while she was jogging by herself on the university's campus.

Many have placed a large portion of the responsibility for this murder on Biden and his southern border policies, which have not only allowed record numbers of illegal immigrants to enter America but have also, in many cases, allowed these illegal immigrants to remain in America.

The suspect, Jose Antonio Ibarra, is a case in point.

Not only did Ibarra enter the country illegally, but Fox News reports:

Before being charged with felony murder, Ibarra was once arrested in New York for endangering a child, and he was cited in Georgia for misdemeanor shoplifting in October 2023 along with his brother, Diego Ibarra.

Biden's response to Greene's interruption

Biden, up until the State of the Union address, had refused to publicly say Laken Riley's name. But, Greene forced him to.

After the congresswoman interrupted Biden, Biden attempted to say the girl's name, but he completely failed. The president said:

Lincoln — Lincoln Riley, an innocent young woman who was killed by an illegal. That’s right, but how many of the thousands of people being killed by illegals . . .

Greene, here, continued to heckle Biden over his border policies. But, this statement from Biden is significant for at least two reasons.

First of all, he publicly said - or at least attempted to say - Laken Riley's name. And, second, Biden admitted that there are such things as illegal aliens and that Ibarra is one of them. This is a huge admission for a Democrat, as evidenced by the fact that many other Democrats subsequently rebuked Biden for saying it.

This is clearly all part of Biden's attempt to make it look, during this election year, as though he is addressing the southern border crisis, which continues under his watch.

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