President Trump’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday evening was mostly unifying as the president championed bipartisan issues and called on members to work together to help achieve more as a country.
“We can bridge old divisions, heal old wounds, build new coalitions, forge new solutions, and unlock the extraordinary promise of America’s future. The decision is ours to make,” Trump said during the speech.
These sentiments were echoed throughout the speech as Trump spent very little time critiquing his political opponents.
Throughout Trump’s address, he would regularly receive standing ovations by Republican members. On one such occasion, the president spoke on socialism in the United States and critiqued calls for its implementation in the U.S.
As BizPac Review reports, Trump did not mention specific members but criticized the far Left’s efforts to implement socialistic policies.
From BizPac Review:
President Donald Trump’s impassioned vow that “America will never be a socialist country” drew cheers and applause from all but a few exceptions during his State of the Union address.
Although no names were mentioned, it was clear to many that the president’s declaration Tuesday was a reminder for progressive lawmakers in the House chamber such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie Sanders, who did not join in on the standing ovation or even applaud the comment.
The rebuke came as Trump spoke about the political and economic crisis in Venezuela, condemning the regime of Nicolas Maduro which is imploding after years of socialist policies and corruption have led to food shortages and skyrocketing inflation. Last month amid escalating protests, opposition leader Juan Guaidó declared himself acting president.
In his Tuesday evening speech, Trump said: “Two weeks ago, the United States officially recognized the legitimate government of Venezuela, and its new interim president, Juan Guaido. We stand with the Venezuelan people in their noble quest for freedom — and we condemn the brutality of the Maduro regime, whose socialist policies have turned that nation from being the wealthiest in South America into a state of abject poverty and despair.”
“Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country,” Trump said as Republican members booed.
“America was founded on liberty and independence — not government coercion, domination and control. We are born free, and we will stay free,” Trump passionately declared, bringing members to their feets in a standing ovation.
“USA” chants then filled the House chamber.
Trump then definitively declared: “Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.”
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