Laken Hope Riley’s mother blasts ‘pathetic’ Biden for not knowing her daughter’s name during SOTU address

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The mother of slain nursing student Laken Hope Riley blasted “pathetic” President Joe Biden for not knowing her daughter’s name during his State of the Union address this week.

Biden suffered a verbal gaffe during his speech on Thursday when he mispronounced Laken Riley’s name as “Lincoln Riley.”

The 81-year-old president was pressured by Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene (R-Ga.), who yelled at Biden, “Say her name!”

Biden responded, “I know how to say her name.”

“Lincoln — Lincoln Riley, an innocent young woman who was killed by an illegal,” Biden mistakenly uttered.

Allyson Phillips – the mother of the 22-year-old who was murdered in a wooded area on the University of Georgia campus – slammed Biden for the verbal blunder.

Phillips wrote on Facebook, “Biden does not even KNOW my child’s name – it [sic] pathetic!”

Biden’s administration waited nearly a week to address Riley’s murder, and it was a short press release from the White House that Republicans rebuked as “sad” and “pathetic.”

Days after her death, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp blasted Biden over his immigration policies in response to Riley’s killing.

The grieving mother’s criticism of President Biden on Friday was in response to a Facebook post celebrating the passage of the Laken Riley Act that was introduced by Rep. Mike Collins (R-Ga.).

On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed the bill honoring the slain college student in a 251-170 vote, with 37 Democrats joining all of the Republicans present in voting “yes.”

The bill would require ICE to detain any illegal alien who committed burglary or theft.

The suspect alleged to have brutally murdered Riley is Jose Antonio Ibarra – an illegal immigrant from Venezuela.

More than six months before Riley’s murder, Ibarra was reportedly arrested in New York City and charged with acting in a manner to injure a child less than 17 and a motor vehicle license violation.

In October 2023, Ibarra was arrested for shoplifting but was not turned over to ICE agents by police in Athens, Georgia. The city had declared itself to be a sanctuary city, so Ibarra was released from jail instead of being turned over to agents with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Ibarra never showed up to court for the changes, and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the 26-year-old Venezuelan national was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Sept. 8, 2022, after he unlawfully entered the United States near El Paso, Texas.

Earlier this week, Phillips made her first public comments about her daughter’s tragic murder.

The distraught mother said, “My family has faced the most devastating, unimaginable loss that anyone could ever be force to endure.”

Phillips added, “I would like to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for being with me and my family during this heartbreaking time.”

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