76 percent of Americans who tuned in to President Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday night approved of the speech he gave
“America will never be a socialist country” was one of many statements President Donald Trump made during the State of the Union Address (SOTU) on Tuesday night.
The SOTU was originally set to be given on Jan. 29, but Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi canceled the address due to the government shutdown.
These were the main topics of the SOTU:
The Southern Border
It was confirmed beforehand that Trump would not be declaring a national emergency at the southern border due to the various problems he has declared in the past. However, Trump’s speech was riddled with statements about immigration and the southern border.
Some of the statements made by the President include “As we speak, large [and] organized caravans are on the march to the United States,” and “Walls work and walls save lives.”
After these statements, Democratic opposition groaned and booed, but Pelosi immediately signaled for her colleagues to settle down.
Trump’s main arguments for barriers at the southern border were to stop criminals and drugs. He mentioned MS-13, illegal sex trafficking, heroin and fentanyl.
“I want people to come into our country in the largest numbers ever, but they have to come in legally,” Trump ad-libbed. He also acknowledged that a barrier of some sort would work sufficiently, not strictly a wall
The End of Revenge Politics
“But we must reject the politics of revenge, resistance and retribution and embrace the boundless potential of cooperation, compromise and the common good,” Trump said as Pelosi stood and clapped to his statement. “If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation.”
Trump focused most of his speech on being nonpartisan. He talked about boosting infrastructure, lowering prescription drug costs, combating childhood cancer, HIV/AIDS and led the house chamber in singing happy birthday to a Holocaust survivor sitting with first lady Melania Trump.
“Together we represent the most extraordinary nation in all of history,” Trump said. “What will we do with this moment? How will we be remembered?”
Trump did not forget about his support base. He spent 25 minutes on immigration but later gave a call for Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the “late-term abortion of children.”
President Trump stated:
There could be no greater contrast to the beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child than the chilling displays our nation saw in recent days. Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments before birth … to defend the dignity of every person, I am asking Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb. Let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life. And let us reaffirm a fundamental truth — all children — born and unborn — are made in the holy image of God.
Other Notable Moments
Trump acknowledged the group of women, dozens of democratic lawmakers, that had worn white as a visual tribute to past U.S. suffragists. He mentioned how women had filled 58 percent of the newly created jobs last year, for which the women in white stood and cheered for.
“You weren’t supposed to do that,” Trump said.
Trump also announced a second summit meeting with North Korea.
“We continue our historic push for peace on the Korean Peninsula. Our hostages have come home, nuclear testing has stopped, and there has not been a missile launch in more than 15 months,” Trump said. “If I had not been elected President of the United States, we would right now, in my opinion, be in a major war with North Korea.”
Throughout the address, Trump noted several guests, who were officially invited by the White House, with powerful stories.
These were some of the guests:
A sixth-grader in Wilmington, Delaware. He has been bullied in school due to his last name to the point of him wanting to change his last name.
Daughters of Gerald and Sharon David
The Davids’ daughter Debra, granddaughter Heather and great-granddaughter Madison attended the SOTU. Gerald and Sharon David of Reno, Nevada were murdered in their home by an illegal immigrant in Jan. 2019.
In 1996, Charles was sentenced to 35 years in prison for selling crack cocaine and other related offenses. While in prison, Charles turned to Christ and involved himself in over 30 bible studies. He also became a law clerk, taught GED classes and mentored other inmates. On Jan. 3, 2019, Charles was the first prisoner released as a result of the First Step Act.
Johnson was serving a mandatory life sentence without parole after being charged with a nonviolent drug case. She had served 22 years of incarceration until Trump granted her clemency on June 6, 2018.
According to a CBS News Poll, 76 percent of Americans who tuned in to President Trump’s SOTU address Tuesday night approved of the speech he gave. Just 24 percent disapproved. This included a surprising 82 percent of Independents who approved of the speech.
Here is a complete list of the SOTU special guests.
Here is the complete transcript of President Trump’s SOTU.