State of the Union 2023: Probable 2024 Contenders Blast Biden’s Address

Following President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address Tuesday, his likely foes for the 2024 presidential election responded with criticism in a possible preview of the race.

Former President Donald Trump was brutal in his analysis of the address. At the same time, Ron DeSantis stayed primarily silent, and former Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley live-tweeted throughout the broadcast. 

“He’s leading us to the brink of World War III. And on top of that, he’s the most corrupt president in American history,” wrote Trump in one of several posts he made on Truth Social Tuesday evening. 

Former President Trump, who remains the only major candidate who has declared his candidacy for 2024, “live-truthed” and offered a play-by-play during Biden’s address. Trump also criticized fellow Republicans, writing, “I notice Mitt Romney and some of the RINOs jumping up and down with applause for the wrong reasons!”

Meanwhile, Trump had praise for three attendees of the speech: House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Senator J.D. Vance (R-OH), and also First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, who he praised for “looking lovely tonight in a beautiful purple dress, clapping and applauding with great enthusiasm.”

Other possible GOP candidates critical of SOTU

Probably candidate Nikki Haley’s live stream of Tweets was focused on policies and emphasized Biden’s poor record on the economy, drugs, immigration, and foreign policy, along with other issues. 

“Mr. President, stop turning America into China’s doormat. Hold Beijing accountable for Covid, stop China from buying American farmland, impose consequences for China’s spying, and start acting like the leader of the free world,” tweeted Haley. 

Haley is expected to announce her campaign for the 2024 presidential nomination next week and become the most prominent opponent to challenge former President Trump. 

DeSantis, who is largely viewed as the most significant threat to Trump in a Republican primary, stayed relatively quiet on Twitter and appeared to ignore the speech. Former Secretary of State Although they stayed mostly mum, Mike Pompeo and Republican Governor Chris Sununu of New Hampshire blasted the president’s talk of the fentanyl crisis. 

“President Biden talked about fentanyl but left out an important fact: his border policies are causing much of the crisis. The Biden border policies have been a gift to the cartels,” tweeted Pompeo.

Former GOP Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland mourned the divided state of the country and pressed Biden to pursue bipartisan cooperation with Congress. 

“America is more divided and fed up than ever,” and “more rhetoric won’t fix any of these urgent challenges or get our country back on track,” said Hogan in a statement. “To fulfill his campaign promise, I urge President Biden to work with Congress to find common sense solutions to these urgent challenges.”

President Biden has not announced his 2024 candidacy yet but is expected to within the next few weeks. Much of his speech appeared to be a preview of his reelection bid and drew a hard contrast with the GOP on several hot-button topics.”

Although he unveiled a so-called “Unity Agenda,” the president’s speech rapidly turned confrontational and drew boos and jeers from Republicans in the House for his advocacy for liberal policies and criticism of the conservative party.