Posted on March 8, 2024

Progressives Furious at Biden for Describing Laken Riley’s Murder Suspect as ‘Illegal’

James Lynch, National Review, March 8, 2024

Progressive Democrats are furious at President Joe Biden for accurately describing the man suspected of murdering 22-year-old nursing student Laken Riley.

Biden addressed Riley’s death during his State of the Union address Thursday evening after he was heckled by Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R., Ga.) and misstated her name in the process.

“Lincoln (sic) Riley, an innocent young women who was killed by an illegal, that’s right,” Biden said while holding up a pin with her name on it. {snip}

Progressive lawmakers led by Representative Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) objected to Biden’s description of Riley’s murder suspect as an “illegal,” despite the factual accuracy of Biden’s statement.

“Let me be clear: No human being is illegal,” Omar said on X.


Representatives Chuy Garcia (D., Ill.) and Joaquin Castro (D., Texas.) joined Omar Thursday night in criticizing the president for his rhetoric.

“As a proud immigrant, I’m extremely disappointed to hear President Biden use the word ‘illegal,’” Garcia said. Castro accused Biden of “incendiary and wrong” rhetoric and compared Biden’s words to Former president Donald Trump.

Former house speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) said on CNN Thursday night Biden should have used “undocumented” instead of “illegal” to describe Ibarra  {snip}