A video of President Joe Biden making an impression of Republicans has been viewed over a million times on Twitter as the president criticized some GOP members for touting infrastructure spending they opposed.
Biden was speaking Thursday at the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting in National Harbor, Md., and mocked elected Republicans who praised infrastructure projects despite voting against the bill. law that funds them.
The bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill passed by a significant majority in the Senate and then largely by party in the House of Representatives in November 2021 before Biden signed it into law.
Biden said his administration got “a little help from Republicans” to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill.
“Not a lot but enough to push it through,” he said. “But the truth is, there are a lot more Republicans taking credit for this bill than they actually voted for. I see them there.”
Biden then adopted a mocking voice and said, “Now we’re going to build this new bridge here. We’re all for it. And, by the way, this new road. We’re going to have an internet that’s going to be….”
Amid laughter, Biden returned to his usual tone of voice and continued, “I love ’em man. They got no shame. They got no shame.”
Images of Biden’s Republican impression shared on Twitter by user @Acyn had been viewed more than 1.3 million times by early Friday morning.
This isn’t the first time Biden has accused Republicans of taking credit for infrastructure when they opposed the bill to fund it. Last year he said ‘Some people aren’t ashamed’ but added he was ‘glad they know it has benefited their constituents’.
In January, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office released a list of Republicans who had opposed the legislation but later touted what the law was funding. The statement said “House Republicans were caught voting no and taking the dough!”
The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed the Senate by a vote of 69 to 30, with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell among Republicans supporting it.
In the House, the vote was 228 to 206 with six Democrats voting against the legislation and 13 Republicans voting in favor.
The president’s mockery of Republicans comes less than two months from the crucial midterm elections, as the prospects for Democrats appear to be improving. However, the GOP remains favorite to take the House.
Biden has also had a number of recent legislative successes, particularly the Cut Inflation Act, which he signed into law Aug. 16.
The legislation is seen as reviving Biden’s Build Back Better program after that plan was stalled earlier in his administration. The $737 billion Inflation Cut Act is a slimmed down version of the earlier $1.75 trillion Better Rebuild Act, which failed in the Senate in October 2021 due to senator opposition Democrat Joe Manchin.