Updated Mar 7, 2024 - Politics & Policy

"Outrageous": Biden repeatedly jabs Trump during State of the Union

resident Joe Biden speaks during a State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, US, on Thursday, March 7, 2024. E

President Biden speaks during the State of the Union address on March 7. Photo: Shawn Thew/EPA/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden made the first reference to his "predecessor" less than five minutes into his State of the Union address, and he took repeated swipes at former President Trump throughout his speech.

Why it matters: While not invoking former President Trump by name, Biden used the high-profile address to draw a sharp contrast ahead of their expected November rematch.

Driving the news: "Now, my predecessor, a former Republican president, tells Putin, 'Do whatever the hell you want,'" said Biden, who supports continued support for Ukraine.

  • "I think it's outrageous. It's dangerous and it's unacceptable," Biden said of Trump — again without naming him.

Biden, who has cast Trump as a fundamental threat to democracy, accused the former president of seeking to "bury the truth of January 6th."

  • "We must be honest: ... Democracy must be defended."

Biden also blamed Trump — and the conservative justices he appointed to the Supreme Court — for overturning Roe v. Wade.

  • "My predecessor came to office determined to see Roe v. Wade overturned," Biden said.
  • "He's the reason it was overturned and he brags about it, look at the chaos that has resulted."

Biden also called for stricter gun laws and accused Trump of inaction on curbing gun violence.

  • "My predecessor told the [National Rifle Association] he's proud he did nothing on guns when he was president," Biden said.
  • "After another shooting in Iowa recently, he said when asked what to do about it, he said, 'just get over it.'"
  • "There was his quote, 'just get over it.' I say, 'stop it. Stop it, stop it, stop it!"

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