Why Didn't Democrats Stand - Or Even Clap - For This SOTU Line?

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Posted: Jan 30, 2018 10:05 PM
Why Didn't Democrats Stand - Or Even Clap - For This SOTU Line?

It's typical for lawmakers to resist clapping during the president's annual State of the Union address when he mentions policies they oppose. But, when the president touches on issues that are clearly bipartisan, both sides of the aisle usually acknowledge it with at least a golf clap. For instance, supporting our military, investing in infrastructure, combating the opioid crisis, and a budding economy can typically be considered bipartisan issues. 

Well, the Democrats did stand for some of those things during President Trump's first State of the Union speech, but when it came to the following line, some of these lawmakers, particularly members of the Congressional Black Caucus, remained seated. 

It puzzled social media. Why would these lawmakers not celebrate such an encouraging statistic?

Unfortunately, there were a few other more poignant moments in which Democrats remained silent and seated.