Democratic Congressman: Yeah, My Party Is Divided On How To Respond To Trump's State Of The Union

Matt Vespa
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Posted: Jan 30, 2018 7:30 PM
Democratic Congressman: Yeah, My Party Is Divided On How To Respond To Trump's State Of The Union

At 9 P.M., President Donald J. Trump will deliver his State of the Union address. It’ll touch upon issues of immigration, the economy, national security, and a call for bipartisanship. Some Democrats are being sour patch kids and boycotting because Trump is terrible, a racist, and the guy who beat Hillary Clinton. That’s really the root of the heartburn here; they thought Hillary would be delivering this speech. But she’s not. She lost. In the meantime, the markets have experienced a spike in growth. The Dow Jones had a 5,000-point surge in 2017, the largest annual gain in its history and the best market performance for a first year president since FDR. The tax reform package has allowed scores of companies—over 250—to dole out bonuses to their workers of at least $1,000 or more, some are giving out $3,000, with promises of increased employee investment and charitable giving. Oh, and over three million workers have benefitted from this tax reform package. And Democrats have referred to this middle and working class relief as “crumbs.” It must be nice to be a Democrat and not poor, I guess.

Yet, back to tonight’s event. As always, there is always the Democratic or Republican response to the address, depending on who is occupying the White House. Yes, they’re not the best speeches. By the time the actual State of the Union is over, you want to go to bed. But Democrats have decided to torture us with not just one, but five responses from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA), Virginia House of Delegates member Elizabeth Guzman, former Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA).

CNN’s John Berman asked Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), who is boycotting the speech, whether this sends the signal that the Democrats have a unified message. The Oregon Democrat pretty much admitted that his party was divided. 

“I think it’s important to recognize that there are a variety of approaches that can and should be taken,” he said. The congressman cited Hispanic outreach as an example of one of those approaches that could be taken to bring the nation together. Communicating to this community in their native language is valuable, but Berman noted that no one tonight is delivering a State of the Union response in Spanish, but those speaking do represent the different wings of the Democratic Party. 

“Well, I mean that’s—part of that is a reflection of the fact that there is not one, single unified leader for a party that’s out of power,” replied Blumenauer. 

So, you’re divided—thanks for clearing that up. The president’s speech begins at 9 P.M. EST.