White House Faces Backlash for Valentine’s Day Meme Targeting House Speaker Mike Johnson on Border Deal

Valentine's Day decorations on the North Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on February 14, 2024.

The White House faced heavy criticism online for a Valentine’s Day meme that mocked House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., in relation to the failed border deal.

On X, the White House shared an image featuring Johnson against a red backdrop, accompanied by broken hearts and the caption: “Happy Valentine’s Day, Speaker Johnson.”

The package was accompanied by a poem that went like this: “Roses are red, Violets are blue, The border deal was crushed, Because of you.”

Online critics were swift to highlight the policies of the Biden administration, which Republicans and some Democrats claim are worsening the situation at the southern border. This has led to a surge in the number of migrants and illegal entries into the U.S. 

“If I were the House Speaker, the response would be something like … “Roses are Red, Passion Flowers are Azure, For Three Long Years, You Claimed the Border Was Secure,” Doug Powers posted.

“Fix it,” another user commented: “Roses are red, Commies vote blue, You had the House for two years, This one is on you.”

“Has Speaker Johnson put a stop to deportations?” Is it time to end the “Remain in Mexico” policy? Should construction of the border wall be stopped? Should we put an end to the border emergency?

Should millions of unvetted illegal immigrants be unilaterally resettled? “Nope, that was all you, Big Guy,” commented Jake Schneider, who oversees the research arm of the Republican Party. 

White House Meme Mocks Staff Size in Border Deal Feud With Speaker Johnson

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 14: Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-LA) talks to reporters during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center on February 14, 2024 in Washington, DC. After last week’s attempt to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas failed, Johnson led his caucus through a second vote this week, ultimately impeaching the first cabinet secretary in almost 150 years by a vote of 214 to 213 Tuesday night. The impeachment triggers a trial in the U.S. Senate which is expected to easily acquit Mayorkas of the charges of high crimes and misdemeanors.


One user shared a picture of young school children diligently working on laptops, accompanied by the caption: “Image of The White House staff posting on X.”

“The President’s age and the size of his staff are quite remarkable,” Derek Hunter commented in response to the meme. 

President Biden has requested Johnson to present a bipartisan national security bill, which was approved by the Senate and includes various border provisions, to the House. 

On Tuesday, the Senate approved a $95 billion national security supplemental package to provide assistance to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan. The border measures were not included. 

In his remarks, Biden urged Johnson to promptly bring the bill to the floor, emphasizing that it would undoubtedly pass if it was put up for a vote in the House of Representatives.

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