The governor of Iowa, Republican Kim Reynolds, offered her response to the president’s speech from Des Moines, the capital of her state, where she painted a bleak picture of the country under Biden’s administration.
She said that under the Biden administration, the United States has returned to the late 1970s, “when runaway inflation was hammering families, a violent crime wave was crashing on our cities and the Soviet army was trying to redraw the world map.”
The governor stressed that “the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan,” which culminated at the end of last August, “did more than cost American lives; it betrayed our allies and emboldened our enemies.”
Reynolds recalled that Russia has launched a military invasion of Ukraine, “an attack on democracy, freedom, and the rule of law.”
In her opinion, “the president’s approach to foreign policy has consistently been too little, too late” and she considered that the United States cannot project strength abroad if it is weak at home.
Reynolds lambasted Biden for the high inflation plaguing the country and noted that the president believes it is “a high-class problem” when in fact “it’s an everybody problem.”
The governor complained that Biden and Democrats in Congress have spent the last year “ignoring the issues facing Americans or making them worse.”
“They were warned that spending trillions would lead to soaring inflation,” Reynolds lamented in reference to the stimulus plan passed last March and the infrastructure plan that received congressional approval in November.
The Republican also criticized the president for his handling of the pandemic.
“The Biden Administration requires vaccines for Americans who want to go to work or protect this country but not for migrants who illegally cross the border,” said Reynolds, who added that the Justice Department “treats parents like domestic terrorists,” contrary to what it does with thieves.
On this point, she expressed support for parents who have spoken out against requiring children to wear masks in classrooms.
“What happened—and is still happening—to our children over the last two years is unconscionable. Learning loss. Isolation. Anxiety. Depression…,” she listed.
She emphasized that Republicans believe that “parents matter.” “It was true before the pandemic and has never been more important to say out loud, parents matter,” Reynolds noted.