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Republicans baffled by Katie Britt's State of the Union response: 'One of our biggest disasters' | State of the Union address | The Guardian

  

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By:   MartinPengelly (the Guardian)

Republicans baffled by Katie Britt's State of the Union response: 'One of our biggest disasters' | State of the Union address | The Guardian
The 42-year-old Alabama senator is a rising Republican star but her kitchen table speech did not land well even in her own party

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The 42-year-old Alabama senator is a rising Republican star but her kitchen table speech did not land well even in her own party

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Katie Britt's Republican response to Joe Biden's State of the Union address drew reactions ranging from the baffled to the satirical to the appalled, even among fellow rightwingers.

"What the hell am I watching right now?" an unnamed Trump adviser told Rolling Stone.

"It's one of our biggest disasters ever," another unnamed Republican strategist told the Daily Beast.

Delivering the official State of the Union response can be a thankless task, as the former Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal and the Florida senator Marco Rubio, deliverers of previously panned speeches, would ruefully attest.

Nonetheless, the 42-year-old Alabama senator is a rising Republican star, widely respected on Capitol Hill and her selection to respond to Biden was a golden opportunity to introduce herself to the wider American electorate.

In his address Biden used his bully pulpit effectively, attacking Republicans in a fiery speech and inviting a strong response. But Britt's speech, delivered with overt theatricality, oscillating in tone between the wholesome and the wholly horrific, did not land well even in her own party.

Charlie Kirk, founder of the far-right Turning Point USA youth group, said: "I'm sure Katie Britt is a sweet mom and person, but this speech is not what we need. Joe Biden just declared war on the American right and Katie Britt is talking like she's hosting a cooking show, whispering about how Democrats 'dont get it'."

That pointed to widespread confusion over the setting for such a figure to give such an important speech: a kitchen.

As a Gallup poll showed 57% of American voters think the US would be better off if more women were in elected office, Alyssa Farah Griffin, a Trump aide turned never-Trumper, said: "Senator Katie Britt is a very impressive person … I do not understand the decision to put her in a KITCHEN for one of the most important speeches she's ever given."

Speaking to CNN, Griffin added: "The staging of this was bizarre to me. Women can be both wives and mothers and also stateswomen, so to put her in a kitchen, not at a podium or in the Senate chamber where she was elected after running a hard-fought race, I think fell very flat and was completely confusing to some women watching it."

Allie Beth Stuckey, host of the Relatable podcast, which "analyses culture, news and politics from a biblical perspective", said: "Ok, GOP. Never again. I know y'all were going for the relatable mom speaking in her kitchen from her heart, but it didn't work. Just a straight, strong speech will do in the future. Thanks."

Kirk asked followers if they liked the speech. Blue-ticked conservative verdicts included "Man, it was so disappointing", "No, very babysitter-reading-a-bedtime story-like", "way too dramatic", and "the up and down emotion was bizarre".

Among satirical responses, Tom Nichols, an anti-Trump conservative columnist, spoke for many when he said: "There is no way that this Katie Britt address does not end up as part of the Saturday Night Live cold open."

Elsewhere, the gonzo filmmaker Tom Arnold said: "Katie Britt is so bad she couldn't be in one of my movies."

Julia Ioffe, Washington correspondent for Puck News, said: "Imagine you're sleeping over at a friend's house and you get up in the middle of the night to pee and you hear a weird sound so you follow it to the kitchen, where your friend's mom is drunk, crying, and rambling about the national debt. Those are the vibes from Katie Britt right now."

From the other side of the political spectrum, however, the gun control advocate Shannon Watts highlighted a darker side to Britt's performance, as expressed in a particularly lurid passage.

With wavering voice, the senator described meeting a migrant woman who she said described being "sex trafficked by the cartels starting at the age of 12" and who, Britt said, spoke of being repeatedly raped "on a mattress in a shoebox of a room".

Watts said: "Senator Katie Britt says sexual assault is the worst thing that can happen to a woman while encouraging Americans to vote for a convicted sexual predator."

Last month, Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, was ordered to pay $83.3m in a civil defamation case arising from a rape allegation a judge said was "substantially true". Accused of sexual assault or misconduct by more than 20 other women, Trump also faces trial this month on 34 charges arising from hush-money payments to an adult film star who claimed an affair.

Britt endorsed Trump last December.

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Kavika
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1  seeder  Kavika     one month ago

I did not see it but Red, my wife did and her comment was, ''WTH are the Republicans thinking showing her in the kitchen?''

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
1.1  Tessylo  replied to  Kavika @1    one month ago

As someone else said, they just forgot to show her barefoot and pregnant - I'm seeing, of course, some hilarious spoofs of this ridiculous performance.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
1.1.1  seeder  Kavika   replied to  Tessylo @1.1    one month ago

I'm sure there will be an endless supply of spoofs of this ''performance'' for quite some time.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
1.1.2  Tessylo  replied to  Kavika @1.1.1    one month ago

Scarlett Johannsen did a pretty good job -  as predicted - it was the cold open on SNL and excellent

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.1.3  devangelical  replied to  Tessylo @1.1.2    one month ago
 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
1.1.4  Tessylo  replied to  devangelical @1.1.3    one month ago

I'm a wife

A mother

And the craziest bitch in the Target parking lot

lol

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.1.5  devangelical  replied to  devangelical @1.1.3    one month ago

katie britt is continuing to take a beating in the national media, as well as within the GOP. it is hilarious. looks like the GOP's newest rising star prematurely detonated. what is up with alabama? the senate being the only equal voice alabama has in the legislative branch and they send 2 religious morons. wtf.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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1.1.6  Trout Giggles  replied to  devangelical @1.1.5    one month ago

She's getting hammered on Face Book

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.1.7  devangelical  replied to  Trout Giggles @1.1.6    one month ago

maybe she thought her 2 kids needed a test of faith and family...

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.1.8  devangelical  replied to  devangelical @1.1.7    one month ago

... hopefully they attend a public school. fun times.

 
 
 
Krishna
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1.2  Krishna  replied to  Kavika @1    one month ago

I did not see it but Red, my wife did and her comment was, ''WTH are the Republicans thinking showing her in the kitchen?''

I saw it. I though her performance was rather bizarre-- she alternated between looking angry and flipping back and forth between that and smiling.

But her smile was really bizarre-- a very strange half smile.  

 
 
 
JBB
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2  JBB    one month ago

Britt's response was pathetic and mostly untrue.

original

 
 
 
Kavika
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2.1  seeder  Kavika   replied to  JBB @2    one month ago

According to Britt the US is falling apart, I guess that is what happens when you live in Alabama.

 
 
 
devangelical
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2.1.1  devangelical  replied to  Kavika @2.1    one month ago

yuck. now I understand more about why the romans fed thumpers to predators in the coliseum...

 
 
 
devangelical
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2.1.2  devangelical  replied to  devangelical @2.1.1    one month ago

I wonder how much her husband drinks daily...

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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2.1.3  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  devangelical @2.1.2    one month ago

I've never given it a thought.

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
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3  Thrawn 31    one month ago

God awful from start to finish, all that needs to be said about it.

 
 
 
devangelical
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3.1  devangelical  replied to  Thrawn 31 @3    one month ago

I still can't watch all the way thru all at one time. for some reason it makes me feel guilty about all the innocent little church mice that wanted to save me when I was in high school, and I pounced on them...

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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3.1.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  devangelical @3.1    one month ago

"pounced"? Is that what the young people called it back then?

 
 
 
devangelical
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3.1.2  devangelical  replied to  Trout Giggles @3.1.1    one month ago

an honest answer would set me back 5 years here. it was the early 70's, I was a teenager with a car and at times lacked sufficient blood flow to fully operate my brain's conscience.

 
 
 
Kavika
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4  seeder  Kavika     one month ago
God awful from start to finish, all that needs to be said about it.

There is no other way to put it.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
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5  sandy-2021492    one month ago

They should have hired a better acting coach for her.  Whoever she had sucked.

 
 
 
devangelical
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5.1  devangelical  replied to  sandy-2021492 @5    one month ago

a number of thoughts about her performance occurred to me -

  • high school play audition
  • church sponsored abortion counselor
  • being in an alabama jury box
  • rescue animal charity pitch
  • the proposal to her husband
 
 
 
Gsquared
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6  Gsquared    one month ago

I couldn't understand why they didn't have her wearing an apron.

 
 
 
devangelical
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6.1  devangelical  replied to  Gsquared @6    one month ago

crap, now I want to see the AI version done with ellie mae clampett...

 
 
 
Thomas
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7  Thomas    one month ago

IDK, I got 2 minutes in and said, "OK, not going to finish this one."

It was like a paid presentation in terms of the way she acted.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
7.1  Tessylo  replied to  Thomas @7    one month ago

Which is pretty much what it was

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
7.1.1  Tessylo  replied to  Tessylo @7.1    one month ago

and I think they want their money back

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
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7.2  sandy-2021492  replied to  Thomas @7    one month ago

Same.  I skipped ahead a bit to see if it got any better.  It didn't.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
7.2.1  seeder  Kavika   replied to  sandy-2021492 @7.2    one month ago

If anything it got worse.

 
 
 
Veronica
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8  Veronica    one month ago

I preferred Scar Jo.

 
 
 
Dig
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9  Dig    one month ago

And she lied her ass off about that trafficking rape having anything to do with Biden, while wearing an obviously meant-to-be-seen cross round her neck. How Christian of her...

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
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9.1  sandy-2021492  replied to  Dig @9    one month ago

If you lie for Jesus, that makes it ok, right?

Apparently, she has urged Trump to support IVF, now that Alabama has endangered it to declare embryos people.  Katie, sweetie, it was your team that tanked IVF in Alabama, and Trump brags about putting in place the SCOTUS that allowed it to happen.  Has it occurred to you that maybe you're backing the wrong side here?

Bless her heart.

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
9.2  devangelical  replied to  Dig @9    one month ago
while wearing an obviously meant-to-be-seen cross round her neck

like a gang sign for the hypocrites she was playing to. there was probably a half day debate between her handlers about whether or not buttoning the top 2 xtian conservative buttons on her blouse too...

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
11  seeder  Kavika     one month ago

SNL spoof of Katie Britt

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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12  Hal A. Lujah    one month ago

I wonder if she was barefoot, and if that turkey pot pie in the oven was going to be ready before the man of the house got home.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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12.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @12    one month ago

I like to go barefoot and love pot pies, but I usually make them.

 
 

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