'They don’t care': Republicans blasted for refusing to applaud for cutting child poverty in half
In his Joint Address to Congress Wednesday night President Joe Biden worked to sell his vision for the future and for America.
Republicans refused to offer support.
Unlike years past, for Joint Addresses or State of the Union Addresses, this was a socially-distanced affair, with just 200 people in the chamber that can hold 535 lawmakers and their guests. So it was exceptionally easy to see the Republicans who did their best to defeat Biden's goals and thwart his achievements as he shared them with the nation.
Biden mentioned children more than 20 times in his address. Republicans couldn't have cared less. When he talked about child poverty, they sat, refusing to stand or applaud.
Biden announced, "thanks to the American Rescue Plan, we are on track to cut child poverty in America in half this year."
Republicans sat, stonefaced.
BIDEN: We’re gonna cut child poverty in half. DEMOCRATS: 👏 REPUBLICANS: 🤷 #BidenAddress https://t.co/eCmWsLB6cw— American Bridge 21st Century (@American Bridge 21st Century) 1619660627
Their refusal to offer any support for children did not go unnoticed.
Why do Republicans love child poverty so much?— Adam Parkhomenko (@Adam Parkhomenko) 1619660356
By not applauding, Republicans are showing us that they don’t support Vaccine success ❌ Fixing infrastructure ❌ L… https://t.co/3KmJHhPbeL— Scott Nevins (@Scott Nevins) 1619661337
Weird to not applaud cutting child poverty in half.— Brian Schatz (@Brian Schatz) 1619662299
Democrats stand and applaud when Biden mentions cutting child poverty in half. Republicans do not.— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin) 1619659401
It seems like some people are not happy about cutting child poverty https://t.co/Wsgdxy1Tvf— Acyn (@Acyn) 1619659184
It's a bit jarring that when Biden talks about cutting child poverty in half in America this year, Republicans rema… https://t.co/EoMXFKTtlv— Susan Glasser (@Susan Glasser) 1619659051
Not clapping for cutting child poverty in half is actually a pretty good summation of where the GOP is these days.— Tim Hogan (@Tim Hogan) 1619659246
i realize you don’t like the guy, but how do you not stand for cutting a child poverty in half?— Evan Smith (@Evan Smith) 1619659070
McConnell & Republicans can’t even clap for the positive impact of reducing child poverty? We must keep mobilizing… https://t.co/ZubWOcOwLq— Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II (@Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II) 1619661078
Republicans didn’t applaud cutting child poverty in half. If they can’t applaud that, then that tells us everything… https://t.co/Yajfj0LwmU— Adam Parkhomenko (@Adam Parkhomenko) 1619661792
Not a single Republican stood to cut child poverty. They don't care. #PresidentialAddress— Scott Huffman (@Scott Huffman) 1619659427
Republicans refused to applaud clean water and cutting child poverty in half. Would they applaud if some dude wit… https://t.co/TCu9RYACRB— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@Rex Chapman🏇🏼) 1619659407