Several prominent Democrat lawmakers took to social media shortly after President Trump’s State of the Union speech to share their thoughts.
As Trump called for unity and cooperation, mentioning many bipartisan issues in his Tuesday evening speech, New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said it was an “embarrassment” and lacked vision.
“Tonight was an unsettling night for our country,” the New York congresswoman said. “The president failed to offer any plan, any vision at all, for our future.”
Contrary to Ocasio-Cortez’s comments, BizPac Review reports “97 percent of Republican viewers, 82 percent of Independent viewers” enjoyed the speech.
As Politico reports, some other Democrats complained about the State of the Union speech:
“WTF,” said Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) afterward about Trump’s immigration rhetoric. “Sickening,” added Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill). Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) said he wasn’t sure Washington needs to even hold a State of the Union anymore. And Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) invoked Richard Nixon three times when discussing Trump’s speech.
“It was really inappropriate for a State of the Union address, and it gave a lie to this PR coming out of the White House that he was going to have a much more bipartisan speech,” said Connolly, who left early shaking his head. “So disappointing and inappropriate and, frankly, the worst of Richard Nixon.”
In what often sounded like a campaign speech, Trump renewed his hard-line immigration stance while retelling stories of violence inflicted on innocent victims by undocumented immigrants. That particularly frustrated Democrats, who are still angry about the 35-day shutdown and are looking to avoid another funding lapse at the end of next week even as Trump continues to demand money for his border wall.
As Reuters reports, former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams called Trump’s speech a “stunt.”
From the report:
Delivering the Democratic Party’s response to his State of the Union address, Abrams struck a tone that might influence other Democrats still searching for the right way to challenge Trump in the election in 2020, when he will seek a second term.
“The shutdown was a stunt engineered by the president of the United States, one that defied every tenet of fairness and abandoned not just our people but our values,” Abrams said.
Abrams sought to balance policy prescriptions with measured attacks against the president, something Democratic strategists say presidential hopefuls should emulate.
“So even as I am very disappointed by the president’s approach to our problems, I still don’t want him to fail. But we need him to tell the truth, and to respect his duties and the extraordinary diversity that defines America,” she said, speaking in Atlanta in front of a group of mostly women.
Senator Bernie Sanders responded to the address in a series of tweets:
He also shared a video response:
My response to President Trump’s State of the Union address: https://t.co/sl1OEu6NR8
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) February 6, 2019
Congressional women sought to send a message to President Trump during his State of the Union speech.
During Trump’s address, women in the House were uniformly wearing all-white to raise awareness for the women’s suffrage movement. Viewers were never explicitly told this during the speech, but as Fox News reports, Florida Democrat Congresswoman Lois Frankel invited the members to wear the attire.
“We’ll honor all those who came before us & send a message of solidarity that we’re not going back on our hard-earned rights!” Frankel wrote on Twitter.
“At State of the Union tonight, @realDonaldTrump will look out at the House Chamber and see a sea of #Suffragette white sending the message loud&clear that @HouseDemWomen are fighting for the economic security of women & families,” the Florida congresswoman added in another tweet.
Fox News reports:
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Dozens of women in Congress are once again aiming to use fashion to make a political statement at President Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday. The lawmakers agreed to wear all-white to this year’s event — a tribute to the women’s suffrage movement.
This is the second time female lawmakers were encouraged to don white while watching the high-profile speech in person. After Trump’s inauguration in 2017 and the massive Women’s March on Washington that followed, Frankel decided to call on colleagues to show solidarity.
“We wear white to unite against any attempts by the Trump administration to roll back the incredible progress women have made in the last century, and we will continue to support the advancement of all women,” Frankel said in a statement to USA Today in February 2017. “We will not go back.”