Last night’s State of the Union address was nothing new from Trump. The speech was little more than a rehash of his campaign rally stump speech. It didn’t help that his teleprompter delivery was awkward and haltingly slow–like a sixth grader reading from scribbled notes. In fact, it seemed as if he really didn’t understand the contents of what he was reading, having to try so hard just to focus on reading the scroll coherently. And when the contents of his speech weren’t the usual “American carnage” fear-mongering and immigrant bashing, his speechwriters had him saying things that he would never say, much less formulate in his mind. In short, it was a long, boring, slow-motion disaster.
Far better was the Democratic rebuttal by Stacey Abrams. Here is just one highlight of her speech:
“Making livelihoods of our federal workers a pawn for political games is a disgrace. 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.”
Full text of her speech here:
It was amazing to see all of the Democratic women Representatives wearing white to commemorate women’s suffrage. They looked imposing, like a battalion ready to storm government and make much-needed change, led by Speaker Pelosi, whose unflinching presence behind Trump lent a calming and dignified aspect to an otherwise sordid waste of time. The women sat in stark contrast to the Republican side of the aisle, which was a homogeneous sea of old white men whose leering faces cheering an arrogant, lying, awkward president couldn’t mask the desperation and discomfort they seemed to feel in the presence of such opposing diversity–and such looming legal jeopardy.
It’s a safe bet that the SOTU speech won’t change much. The myriad investigations will continue onward, more indictments will drop, Trump will return to his usual vengeful and divisive Tweets, and we will see if he is stupid enough to call for a national emergency to try to secure his wall funding–a ploy many Republicans are now publicly opposing.
Congressman Antonio Delgado tweeted this after the speech:
The State of the Union is a time for the President to reflect upon the shared goals of our nation and how Congress and the Administration can best serve the people. While I wish the President’s speech had focused more on what brings us together, I was glad to hear him discuss some key issues that I think we can all agree to prioritize, like reducing the price of prescription drugs and strengthening our infrastructure. Issues like these that directly affect Upstate New York are what I’m focused on as a Member of Congress. That’s why I brought Michael Hickey as my guest, a hero in our community who brought to light the water contamination crisis we know today in Hoosick Falls. Day-in and day-out, I will continue to prioritize protecting our water infrastructure and other critical matters that I hear from the people of my district, from expanding rural broadband to supporting our farmers to improving access to quality health care.
In other news, Senator Amy Klobuchar will be making a big announcement in Minneapolis this Sunday, presumably throwing her hat into the ring for the Democratic nomination. She will surely be yet another formidable candidate.