“For Donald J. Trump, The Cruelty is the Point” Democrats Respond to Trump’s SOTU
As President Donald Trump concluded a successful State of the Nation Address, the Democratic party had also issued its own rounds of rebuttal and tried to undermine the president’s success.
In her official statement on behalf of the progressive Working Families Party, Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Ayanna Pressley said that “Since he was sworn into office more than three years ago, Donald Trump and his administration have attacked our communities with racist, xenophobic, hateful rhetoric, and even more bigoted, destructive policy,” Pressley said. “For Donald J. Trump, the cruelty is the point.”
The representative added that “Tonight I want to remind Donald J. Trump that I see right through him. The American people see right through him. Tonight we reject short-sighted policies that work for the wealthy and powerful few but leave the worker and the immigrant behind.”
Pressley said that she wanted to make a speech as “a love letter to the activists and the foot soldiers who have made (progressive) victories possible and who will continue to make victories possible.”
The Democratic Representative who had endorsed Sen. Elizabeth Warren lashed on Trump and believed that Trump threatens “the fabric of the country.”
Gretchen Whitmer, the Democratic governor of Michigan also fired her own rebuttal, dismissing Trump’s progress and claiming that he had failed the medical system.
Whitmer claimed that the “Democrats are trying to make your health care better. Republicans in Washington are trying to take it away.” The governor also cited her mother’s struggle with the insurance company after she was “wrongly denied her coverage for chemotherapy.” Moreover, the Democrats were also going after Trump’s successful economic initiatives, as the president said in his speech “Since my election, we have created 7 million new jobs—5 million more than Government experts projected during the previous administration. The unemployment rate is the lowest in over half a century.”
Trump also campaigned for inclusivity in the job sector. “The unemployment rates for African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and Asian-Americans have reached the lowest levels in history,” Trump said. “African-American youth unemployment has reached an all-time low,” the president said.
Yet it seems that nothing was enough for the Democrats. Despite the numbers, Whitmer claimed that “American workers are hurting…Wages have stagnated, while CEO pay has skyrocketed,” without having a factual basis. “It doesn’t matter what the President says about the stock market. What matters is that millions of people struggle to get by or don’t have enough money at the end of the month after paying for transportation, student loans, or prescription drugs,” Whitmer said trying to undermine the President’s success.
She had also gone off to say against the president’s massive infrastructure project “All across the country, Democratic leaders are rebuilding bridges, fixing roads, expanding broadband and cleaning up drinking water. Bullying people on Twitter doesn’t fix bridges—it burns them. Our energy should be used to solve problems.”
While Democrats tried to paint Trump as a tyrannical figure, Trump assured the public that his vision of America is far from cruel “Our agenda is relentlessly pro-worker, pro-family, pro-growth, and, most of all, pro-American. We are advancing with unbridled optimism and lifting high our citizens of every race, color, religion, and creed.”