House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) called President Joe Biden’s speech blaming former President Donald Trump and “MAGA Republicans” for the border crisis offensive. Johnson stated that Biden’s attempt to blame Republicans for the catastrophe they created is laughable. He emphasized that the American people know that the situation at the border drastically changed when Biden took office. Johnson also highlighted the low approval ratings of the administration’s handling of the border, stating that only 18 percent of Americans approve of it.
Johnson mentioned how he helped derail a Senate funding package that tied together aid to Ukraine and Israel with immigration provisions. He criticized the package and declared it worse than expected. Senate Republicans eventually abandoned the bill as Republicans threatened to filibuster it in the Senate. In response to this collapse, Biden criticized Trump and “MAGA Republicans,” falsely claiming that they mindlessly follow Trump.
House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) told Breitbart News exclusively that Democrat President Joe Biden’s speech on Tuesday, in which he blamed former President Donald Trump and “MAGA Republicans” for the border crisis Biden created, was “offensive.”https://t.co/MtnSpmfxYQ
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Despite Biden’s attempts to shift blame, Johnson emphasized that Biden has the executive authority to address the border crisis. He mentioned how Biden and his administration have acknowledged this privately but refused to take action. Johnson also pointed out that there is a consensus among Border Patrol agents and sheriffs that certain provisions, such as reinstating Remain-in-Mexico and ending catch-and-release, are necessary to solve the problem.
Furthermore, Johnson accused Biden of intentionally undermining border security since day one of his presidency. He listed various executive actions taken by Biden that opened up the border, asserting that this was all done by design. Johnson regarded Biden’s speech as offensive, comparing it to Hillary Clinton’s description of Trump supporters as “deplorables” and “irredeemable.”
Johnson believes that border security will be a significant issue in the upcoming 2024 presidential election. He stated that a vote for Biden is a vote for open borders, while a vote for Trump signifies a vote for a secure border. Johnson also expressed concerns about America’s national security, arguing that projecting weakness on the world stage is dangerous, as it emboldens adversaries.
Despite a setback in the failed impeachment vote of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Johnson affirmed that House Republicans will continue to hold the administration accountable. He labeled Mayorkas as the worst cabinet secretary in American history, citing the damage he has caused. Johnson vowed to pass Articles of Impeachment against Mayorkas in the following week.