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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and South Carolina GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham sound quite swampy on Wednesday night.
During an interview on Fox News, McCarthy and Graham joined host Sean Hannity to discuss Joe Biden’s joint address to Congress.
McCarthy touted South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott as a possible presidential contender following his delivery of the GOP’s response to Biden’s speech.
McCarthy told Hannity: “The part that made the most history tonight—this will be the first time the response has upstaged the president.”
“People are going to start talking tomorrow that Tim Scott should be running for president. Could you imagine him on the debate stage versus Joe Biden? It’s not even close,” he said.
Graham urged Fox News viewers to go to Scott’s website and donate to his campaign because he is getting attacked.
Biden supposedly got 81 million votes in the 2020 presidential election, yet the online reaction to his first presidential address to Congress on Wednesday night was not good for him.
It doesn’t appear to have been highly anticipated, based on how few Americans actually tuned into the live streams to watch him.
It certainly appeared crystal clear that there was much more negative reaction than positive reaction on the Youtube live streams.
Below are a few screenshots from YouTube channels showing how many likes/dislikes and live watchers Biden had on his address, via Kyle Becker:
CBS showed a little over 18,000 simultaneously watching, but double the thumbs down to thumbs up.
CNBC has almost 12,000 watching with more negative reactions than positive ones.
Reuters had only 2,049 simultaneously watching an hour into the address and had three times the negative reactions than positive ones.
Time also had three times the negative ratio with only 1,170 viewers out of a million subscribers.
The USA Today got 3,778 to watch an hour into the livecast and had far more negative reaction than positive.
The Washington Post was one of the few to get positives to outweigh negatives on reactions. Over 76,000 were watching an hour into Biden speaking.
Yahoo Finance has a bit over 7,000 viewers on its livestream, but negatives again far outweighed positives.
CNN also got ratioed.
Just for comparison, let’s take a look at Steven Crowder’s live “fact check” of the Biden presidential address.
Biden faced intense backlash over the speech he delivered to Congress on Wednesday night with many critics calling it extreme, full of false statements, and divisive.
Biden spent the night pushing for big government spending, mocking gun owners, and saying that he did not want conflict with America’s enemies.
Biden also failed to give the Trump administration any credit for Operation Warp Speed, which did the heavy lifting when it came to getting vaccines developed in historic time.
Biden also suggested the protests at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 — which resulted in 1 person dying, Ashli Babbit, a protester — was one of the worst attacks America has ever faced.
Here are some of the highlights:
3,000 Americans died on 9/11 https://t.co/Cz6lomnKuC
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) April 28, 2021
He should know better than this, considering he's old enough to remember all the intervening events since the Civil War https://t.co/zIBizBtqBp
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) April 28, 2021
Will President Unity credit Operation Warp Speed or mention that the incredible & miraculous vaccines — including the vaccine he personally received before taking office — were developed under his predecessor?
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) April 29, 2021
Biden says he wants people to buy American, but then says he wants to raise taxes on businesses to send jobs overseas
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) April 29, 2021
“When I think climate change, I think jobs”
-guy who killed the Keystone Pipeline with its clean energy and thousands of jobs as his first act as President #JointAddress
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) April 29, 2021
President Biden seems to be using the debunked statistic about soaring billionaire wealth during the pandemic that uses the starting point of the S&P 500 trough rather than the actual beginning of the pandemic.
— Brian Riedl 🧀 (@Brian_Riedl) April 29, 2021
With Biden’s new taxes proposals, the tax burden on the American people would increase by OVER $3 TRILLION!
Biden is raising taxes to funnel trillions out of your community and into the Washington, D.C. swamp.
— Tommy Pigott (@TCPigott) April 29, 2021
The speech is divisive and radical, and the “America is back” line continues to be insulting to the 74 million Americans who believe in America and never thought she left.
— Rebeccah Heinrichs (@RLHeinrichs) April 29, 2021
What a pathetic slurring mishmash of culture war and money machine going brrr, yelled into an echoing chamber of performative Covid theatrics.
— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) April 29, 2021
After an aggressive and rather partisan embrace of big government – and very little in the way of olive branches to Republicans – Biden ends with a call for unity.
— Stephen Hayes (@stephenfhayes) April 29, 2021
Biden does sad and grief really well.
But he does not do hope/change/optimism well.
He's kinda depressing.
— EmilyMiller (@emilymiller) April 29, 2021
Wow, No mention of 20,000-plus migrant kids and teens in custody.
— Monica Campbell (@monica_campbell) April 29, 2021
After this Biden speech that charts the course for Democrats, I’d be blown away if 2022 wasn’t a bloodbath for Democrats. This could be a historically high backlash.
— Josh Holmes (@HolmesJosh) April 29, 2021
Biden: “we the people are the government”
Americans: “Wait. What? No. That’s not how this works!
We the people are protected by the Constitution FROM the government.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 29, 2021
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Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a key GOP swing vote, says of Biden’s speech: “I was not overly inspired.” She also said that there was too much spending, and of pushing such massive proposals: “I think it makes it very difficult for it to be truly bipartisan.”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) April 29, 2021
Earlier on Wednesday, it was announced that Donald Trump is planning to bring back his famous “Make America Great Again” political rallies — and they may happen much sooner than most expected.
Trump may resume his political rallies as soon as May.
Last week, Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity that he’s “very seriously, beyond seriously” considering running for president in 2024.
Trump told Hannity that he will “very seriously” consider running again in 2024 if the Republican Party can “get the right people” on Capitol Hill.
Trump added that he is “all in” to campaign on behalf of Republican candidates in next year’s midterm elections.
“I got tremendous numbers, nobody’s ever gotten the numbers I got, no sitting president’s come even close,” Trump said, referring to the 2020 election.
“There’s more popularity now than there was the day before the election because they see how bad things are at the border, they see what’s going on, they see there are guns are going to be gone,” he added.
During an interview last month with Lara Trump, his daughter-in-law who is now a Fox News contributor, Trump strongly suggested that he may run for president in 2024.
When asked about his supporters having hope that he will run again, Trump said: “You do have hope, that I can tell you, you do have hope. We love our country, this country, we all owe a lot to our country, but now we have to help our country.”
Trump also officially launched a brand new website.