President Joe Biden’s soul of the nation speech was supposed to be about uniting the country, but instead labeled Republicans as “extremists” who “threaten” the foundation of the nation.
“There’s no question that the Republican Party today is dominated, driven, intimidated by Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans. And that is a threat to this country,” he said last week.
“MAGA Republicans have made their choice. They embrace anger. They thrive on chaos,” Biden accused. “They live not in the light of truth, but in the shadow of lies. Together, we can choose a different path.”
Celebrity reactions to Biden’s Thursday night speech were split along party lines.
“Two and A Half Men” star John Cryer mocked, “To republicans who are outraged that the president spoke harshly: Have you heard how your party’s front runner talks about the Democrats?” He asked.
When GOP Rep. Lauren Boebart wrote, “I don’t want a lecture from Joe Biden, I want an apology,” actress Patricia Arquette shot back, “I want an apology from you.”
While Marvel star Patton Oswalt slammed House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for writing that Biden chose to “divide, demean, and disparage” those who don’t agree with him. “I’m with you, Kevin. He could have cooked a freedom cake in the EZ Bake Oven of liberty and instead he drew a partisan pattern on the Spirograph of sedition,” Oswalt wrote.
“Stand By Me” director Rob Reiner hailed Biden. “So grateful to have a President who speaks the Truth. A President who deeply cares about the preservation of our 246 years of Democratic Self Rule,” he posted.
On the other side of the aisle, country singer John Rich pointed out the menacing red lighting backlighting the President’s podium. What’s up with the blood red background? It’s like Joe is standing in front of the gates of hell,” he posted. In a follow-up Rich added, “I could almost smell the [sulfur].”
“Never would have expected the most popular president of all time to get booed during his own speech,” wrote conservative “Hercules” star Kevin Sorbo.