State of the Union 2024: Anna Paulina Luna refuses to attend Biden’s ‘puppet show’

EXCLUSIVE — Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL) will not attend President Joe Biden‘s State of the Union address to Congress next week, stating that she refuses to be part of the president’s “puppet show.”

In a text statement to the Washington Examiner, the Florida congresswoman called the State of the Union historically “one of the greatest times in our country” and a traditionally “nonpartisan event.” However, Luna said what she has learned during her time in the House has led her to boycott the address, making her one of the first members of Congress to publically announce they will not be in attendance.

“Given the nature of the investigations I have been conducting along with other members of House Oversight, I cannot in good conscience sit through hours of spin and lying to the American people,” Luna said.

The congresswoman also blasted Biden for being “complicit in funding both sides of the war currently taking place in Israel” as war continues to rage in the Middle East after Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist organization, attacked the Jewish state in October last year. The attacks and subsequent escalation of conflict between the two groups have placed Biden’s approval ratings and performances in the 2024 primary elections in jeopardy, particularly as support in states like Michigan from key voting blocs like Muslim Americans and other Palestinian supporters continues to dwindle.

Eyes will be on Biden’s State of the Union address to see which topics he will discuss, with Republicans expected to oppose his approach to immigration and the economy, particularly if he seeks to blame discord between the parties or infighting within the Republican Party. While most members of Congress attend the address, every year, some choose to stay in their home states or refuse to go out of what they say is principle.

“In addition to what took place at the last State of the Union (dishonest spin), this administration has been complicit in funding both sides of the war currently taking place in Israel,” Luna said. “I will not pretend that this president is leading our country down a path of prosperity. We are in dangerous times.”

“Make no mistake, the world is in turmoil bc of Joe Biden. I will not be a part of the puppet show,” the congresswoman continued.

Luna, who sits on the House Oversight Committee, is one of many hard-line conservatives supporting the House GOP’s impeachment inquiry into Biden that launched in December last year. The Florida congresswoman said in August she had “seen enough” and wanted the “corrupt” president impeached.

Luna’s decision to forgo the State of the Union comes on the heels of calls from Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) for House Republican leadership to block Biden’s address before Congress. Similar to Luna’s comments, he said on Monday that there is “no reason that we need to invite him to get more propaganda and to actually blame the American people for the crisis he caused.”

Other Republicans in Congress are seeking to prevent Biden’s address to Congress. In the Senate, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) introduced a bill that would block the State of the Union if the White House does not submit the budget and national security proposal on time. It was due on Feb. 5, as he is supposed to submit plans by the first Monday of February, but Biden missed the deadline. If passed, Ernst’s SUBMIT IT Act would take effect in 2025, but given it was introduced in the Democratic-led Senate, it is unlikely to make much progress. 

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Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA), who sponsored the bill in the House, said that until Congress receives the White House’s national security strategy and budget, “he has no business delivering a State of the Union address.”

The Washington Examiner reached out to Perry for comment and his plans to attend the State of the Union.

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