At Least One Democrat Stood and Applauded During Trump's Speech

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Posted: Feb 05, 2020 9:45 AM
At Least One Democrat Stood and Applauded During Trump's Speech

Source: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

We knew we weren't going to get many bipartisan kumbaya moments in the House chamber on Tuesday night. After all, President Trump is still under impeachment. But, as Trump gave his third State of the Union address, he touted some successes that anyone - Republican, Democrat, or Independent - could have applauded. Instead, we got scenes like this.

In fact, Katie compiled a roundup of the times the Democrats remained seated for no apparent reason other than bitterness.

The slight against the Tuskegee Airman especially irked viewers. Reps. Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Mark Pocan were spotted among the small group that didn't stand for him. Pelosi and other Democrats also remained seated and stone-faced as radio host Rush Limbaugh received the presidential Medal of Freedom, a day after he announced he had advanced lung cancer. 

But one senator stood above the pettiness. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) was proud to applaud the president's work on opportunity zones. More investments are heading toward 9,000 previously underserved communities, Trump noted, thanks in large part to the leadership of Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC). Sinema stood and acknowledged the success.

For fun, take a look at Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's (D-NY) reaction. It was like she was embarrassed to be sitting by her.

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Sen. Scott thanked his colleague for her kind kudos.

And she had no regrets.

Rumor has it that Sinema is even considering voting to acquit the president on Wednesday. She'll be in the majority if she does. Come 4 p.m., the Senate is expected to acquit Trump on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.