Republican Katie Britt Mocked for SOTU Response

( – While the State of the Union (SOTU) address delivered by the President of the United States is a tradition stretching back to the founding of the US, the rebuttal to the speech is more recent. The first of its kind happened in 1966, delivered after former President Lyndon B. Johnson’s (D) address. The most recent was delivered by Senator Katie Britt (R-AL), and the delivery was not well received — not even by members of her own party.

On March 6, after the conclusion of President Joe Biden’s SOTU, Britt broadcasted her response from her kitchen. People across America weren’t just taken aback by the setting, but her delivery and words also became a punchline across the nation. Her breathy childlike tone that went from serious to distressed in the blink of an eye left the country scratching their heads — and gave “Saturday Night Live” their next skit. According to Newsweek, critics called her response “creepy” and “overly dramatic” while comparing it to something that seemed like it came straight out of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Business Insider shared several criticisms of Britt’s rebuttal, including former presidential candidate Nikki Haley’s (R) spokesperson, who criticized her backdrop, as the kitchen is associated with keeping women from progressing in society. Former Trump White House official Alyssa Farah Griffin also balked at the use of the kitchen as Britt’s setting, calling it “bizarre.” According to The Daily Beast, an unnamed GOP strategist called the response one of the party’s “biggest disasters ever,” adding, “Everyone’s f**king losing it.” Former senior adviser to multiple GOP lawmakers Brendon Buck called the delivery “unfortunate.”

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s husband, Chasten Buttigieg, said, “Acting classes aren’t free, but they sure are worth it.” And, “The View” co-host Joy Behar was also harsh about Britt’s performance, saying the lawmaker came off as “some scary Steven King character.”

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