Bickering blurs message of unity during State of the Union

Florence Fletcher
February 7, 2019

"We must reject the cynicism that says allowing every eligible vote to be cast and counted is a "power grab, '" she added, a reference to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's description of House Democrats" efforts to overhaul United States election law. But the president said his outreach to Pyongyang had made the US safer.

"You weren't supposed to do that", Trump joked, as even the congresswoman who said "we're gonna impeach the motherf***er" smiled and cheered.

US President Donald Trump called for unity during his speech. The House now has more than 100 women in office. As New Mexicans know, the president's fear-mongering and out-of-touch characterization of the border does not match the reality on the ground, and the president's simplistic solution - a massive, wasteful wall - is not a realistic or effective approach to keeping our nation secure.

As he stood before lawmakers, the president was surrounded by symbols of his emboldened political opposition.

The night started off on the wrong foot between the speaker and the president after Trump gave Pelosi, his official host for the annual speech, the cold shoulder.

More fundamentally, Abrams must represent her entire party with an appeal aimed at both a base desperate to reclaim the White House and a wider swath of less-partisan Americans who are uneasy with the Trump administration.

Also, self-described socialist Bernie Sanders was widely embraced by grassroots Democrats as a presidential candidate in 2016, and may have won the party's nomination had it not been rigged in favor of Hillary Clinton with so-called "superdelegates".

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The 35-day shutdown, Abrams will say, "defied every tenet of fairness and abandoned not just our people, but our values".

According to excerpts of her speech, Abrams will argue that all Americans should have economic opportunity and voting access.

Trump's address amounted to an opening argument for his re-election campaign.

Sherman saw Trump dealing with issues that appeal to most Americans at the beginning and end of his remarks, but the middle of the speech was all about his push for $5.7 billion for a border wall, which Democrats oppose, as a February 15 deadline to prevent another government shutdown looms.

Turning to foreign policy, another area where Republicans have increasingly been willing to distance themselves from the president, Trump defended his decisions to withdraw USA troops from Syria and Afghanistan. With a record number of women serving in Congress, the sartorial choice creates a powerful visual representation of elected women's leadership. Thank you very much", before adding "Don't sit yet.

Trump defended his contentious plans to reduce US troop levels in Syria and Afghanistan. "Donald Trump apparently supports crony capitalism".

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