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Biden apology sparks outrage over ‘illegal’ description

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President Biden ignited a firestorm of controversy on Saturday as he issued an apology during a new interview for referring to Laken Riley’s alleged killer as “illegal” during his State of the Union address. However, amidst the uproar, he notably failed to address his mispronunciation of the murder victim’s name as “Lincoln Riley” on two occasions during the same speech.

Republican voices, including Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene and Utah Senator Mike Lee, swiftly condemned Biden’s remarks as insufficient and pointed to broader concerns about immigration policy. Greene took to Twitter, accusing Biden of prioritizing apologies over honoring the victim and highlighting the alleged killer’s immigration status.

Average voters also expressed discontent with Biden’s statement, with one social media user, @soulsurvivoraz, declaring a loss of support following the president’s remarks.

During an interview with MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart, Biden sought to appease the Democratic Party’s progressive wing by expressing regret for his use of the term “illegal” and emphasizing the need for a more respectful approach to immigration discourse.

Biden’s choice of words during his State of the Union address, where he called for bipartisan action on border security, drew attention to the collapsed efforts to pass such legislation. The president faced criticism from Trump ally Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, who demanded he acknowledge Laken Riley’s name and her alleged killer’s immigration status.

Jose Antonio Ibarra, the accused killer, a 26-year-old Venezuelan citizen who entered the United States illegally in 2022, is currently held without bond on charges including malice murder and kidnapping related to Riley’s death.

Biden’s attempt to clarify his language and emphasize respect for immigrants did little to assuage conservative critics, who accused him of prioritizing political correctness over justice for victims. The backlash underscores the ongoing debate over immigration policy and its impact on national discourse.

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