Republicans keep pressure on Biden after campus protest condemnation

President Joe Biden put to rest speculation Thursday over how strongly he would come down on a wave of disruptive protests engulfing college campuses.

After a week of silence, he called for order to be restored as pro-Palestinian demonstrators force the cancellation of classes and graduation ceremonies over the war in Gaza.

But the Republican response, ranging from measured to overtly partisan, reflected how the president will be unable to escape the disorder plaguing Democrats, who oppose the civilian deaths in Gaza but want to distance themselves from extreme elements of the party base.

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), the No. 3 Republican in the House, said the president “failed to meet the moment,” while Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) mocked Biden’s mention of Islamophobia in a speech condemning antisemitism.

Sen. John Thune (R-SD), running to be the
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