I‘ve been clear on the record: Joe Biden disappoints me every day when he wakes up in the morning.

Last week during his first State of the Union address, President Biden reaffirmed to the American people that he is delusional.

Like the career politician that he is – Biden took credit in spite of the results of his actions. Biden’s sanctions did not deter Russian dictator Vladimir Putin from invading Ukraine, nor did he properly arm Ukraine with enough weapons despite knowing for months that Russia was planning to attack.  

Instead, the Biden administration famously offered Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy a ride out of the country, to which this brave leader said, “The fight is here; I need ammunition, not a ride.”  

The heroes are not President Joe Biden or Vice President Kamala Harris, but rather Volodymer Zelenskyy, heavyweight boxing champion Oleksandr Usyk, tennis star Sergiy Stakhovsky and all the people in Ukraine who have stayed to defeat Russia and Vladimir Putin.       

Russia started a war with Ukraine because they saw from Afghanistan how weak President Biden is. They saw how Biden abandoned our European allies, left behind over 900 Americans, and gave control of Afghanistan to the Taliban. 

Back home, Biden’s policies aren’t faring much better as inflation is increasing at a pace that we haven’t seen since 1982.  The cost of food, electricity and gas have all risen because the reckless spending policies from the Biden administration and the Democrats who run Washington have made inflation worse. Biden has served in office since 1972 – so he remembers the Carter era. But apparently, he learned nothing from it.  

Additionally, crime is out of control across our country. From New York City to right here in Birmingham, our cities are becoming less safe, and violent crime is on the rise. Despite the change of tone in his address last week, Joe Biden has spent the last two years standing with the radical left who want to “defund the police.” That’s nonsense. We need to elect leaders who will always stand with law enforcement and Back the Blue, not politicians who pander to the liberal extremes.

It’s no secret that due to the decisions by Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, we have a humanitarian crisis on our southern border.  Every month, we set new records for illegal crossings at the border, all because of Joe Biden’s policies of open borders, tax dollars for illegals and allowing violent gangs into our country. President Trump made it clear on Day One: they’re bringing drugs and they’re bringing crime. We stop it all by building the wall. 

Despite all of Biden’s gibberish during the State of the Union, here’s some plain English that we can all understand: President Joe Biden has proven himself to be an incompetent leader in the White House, and the State of our Union was undoubtedly much stronger under President Donald J. Trump. Now more than ever, we need to get rid of the career politicians in Washington and return to the America First agenda to restore our great country.

Mike Durant lives in Huntsville and is running as a candidate for U.S. Senate.

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