‘Ouch’: 11 House Democrats Reportedly Snubbed Biden for a Concert

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Over a dozen Democrat elected officials decided to pass on president Joe Biden’s speech in Maryland Wednesday, opting instead to attend a Joni Mitchell concert.

The president was speaking at the House Democratic Caucus retreat on a myriad of issues, including gun control, the debt ceiling and the Ukraine war.

According to Punchbowl News, 11 House Democrats, many from the party’s progressive wing, preferred to stay in Washington for the concert.

The 11 include Pramila Jayapal of Washington State, Katie Porter and Mark Takano of California, freshman Maxwell Frost of Florida, Dan Kildee and Hillary Scholten of Michigan, Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, Steve Cohen of Tennessee, Lloyd Doggett and Greg Casar of Texas  and Andy Kim of New Jersey.

Joni Mitchell, an acclaimed singer-songwriter, was honored by the Library of Congress, receiving a Gershwin Prize for her work.

According to Fox News, three Dem senators were also present at the concert, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Patty Murray of Washington and Jack Reed of Rhode Island, along with several prominent Republicans including House Speaker Kevin McCarthy of California.

While most of the Democrat Caucus was in attendance for Biden’s address in Baltimore, the apparent lack of enthusiasm has left many observers wondering what the president’s party thinks about his prospects.

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