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Democrats Not Impressed by Trump’s State of the Union

Democrats Not Impressed by Trump’s State of the UnionDemocrats Not Impressed by Trump’s State of the Union

US President Donald Trump used his State of the Union Address to call for bipartisanship, but Democrats were having none of it.

A year into a presidency they view as divisive and volatile, the opposition party made it clear on Tuesday night they do not expect Trump to change his stripes, no matter the lofty words he read off Teleprompters in his lengthy remarks, NBC News reported.

“While I am always willing to work with my colleagues across the aisle, the president’s call for bipartisanship and unity rings hollow,” Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., a potential 2020 presidential contender, said in a statement. “You cannot reject bipartisan plans to improve health care and protect Dreamers or sow hate and division—and then turn around the next day and say you want to work together.”

Many Democrats showed how little stock they put in Trump’s calls for cooperation by staying seated during rhetoric that would have prompted bipartisan applause if it came from almost any other president.

And on Twitter, Democrats splashed cold water in real-time on Trump’s proposals, even on traditionally noncontroversial items like infrastructure spending and combating the opioid epidemic.

“Investing in infrastructure is one thing Democrats and Republicans seem to be able to agree on,” tweeted Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., who is seen as a moderate member of his caucus. “There’s no reason for it to take @POTUS so long to start work on a plan, and like with so many other things, does anyone actually think he’ll follow through?”

Even the president’s praise for law enforcement came under scrutiny amid reports that the White House has pressured the Department of Justice and the FBI over the probe into potential Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential campaign.

“Tonight, the president showered law enforcement with praise, even as he and his congressional allies launch an all out attack on the FBI, the pre-eminent federal law enforcement agency,” Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said in a statement.

The president’s comments on immigration proved the most controversial, prompting boos and groans from Democrats, many of whom had invited “Dreamers,” the children of undocumented immigrants, to attend the speech as their guests.

As Trump slammed “open borders” and “chain migration,” Rep. Joe Crowley of New York, one of the chamber’s highest-ranking Democrats, was heard saying, “Oh, come on!” while others gestured in disgust.

 

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