Democrats Refuse to Honor African American Student Who Received Trump’s Scholarship
In a Twitter post, Republican National Committee (RNC) Rapid Response Director Steve Guest posted that many Democrats refused to stand up to acknowledge Janiyah Davis, an African American student who was awarded a scholarship during President Trump’s State of the Union Address.
Guest wrote: “Another stunning but unsurprising moment from Democrats during the #SOTU. Democrats remain seated as President Trump awards an ‘opportunity scholarship’ to 4th grader.”
In his speech, the president acknowledged the importance of education in helping Americans to step up in life and have better work opportunities. “The next step forward in building an inclusive society is making sure that every young American gets a great education and the opportunity to achieve the American Dream,” Trump said.
Trump had also recognized the government’s failure to provide such education for all. “Yet, for too long, countless American children have been trapped in failing government schools. To rescue these students, 18 States have created school choice in the form of Opportunity Scholarships,” Trump beamed.
“The programs are so popular, that tens of thousands of students remain on waiting lists. One of those students is Janiyah Davis, a fourth-grader from Philadelphia. Janiyah’s mom Stephanie is a single parent. She would do anything to give her daughter a better future. But last year, that future was put further out of reach when Pennsylvania’s Governor vetoed legislation to expand school choice for 50,000 children,” Trump continued and introduced Janiyah and her mom, who stood up wearing light pink. It was indeed an emotional moment as Trump awarded the scholarship as the rest of the crowd applauded.
Moreover, Trump also used the opportunity to call Congress to immediately pass the “Education Freedom Scholarship and Opportunity Act.” This will give 1 million students the freedom to attend their school of choice and help families pay for expenses such as tuition, dual enrollment, out-of-district transportation, tutoring, and apprenticeships.
“Every young person should have a safe and secure environment in which to learn and grow,” Trump continued. “For this reason, our magnificent First Lady has launched the “Be Best” initiative—to advance a safe, healthy, supportive, and drug-free life for the next generation, online, in school, and in our communities. Thank you, Melania, for your extraordinary love and profound care for America’s children.”
Trump ended with the promise of a better education for all Americans. “My administration is determined to give our citizens the opportunities they need regardless of age or background. Through our Pledge to American Workers, over 400 companies will also provide new jobs and education opportunities to almost 15 million Americans.”
Finally, Trump said that “My budget also contains an exciting vision for our nation’s high schools. Tonight, I ask the Congress to support our students and back my plan to offer vocational and technical education in every single high school in America.”