President Trump delivered a State of the Union speech for the ages on Tuesday night, calling for the country to unite on issues in which they agree and lessen political divisiveness in areas they do not.
The president said the country could do better, starting with its leadership, to extend a hand of peace across the aisle and help one another.
Legislatively, Trump called for members to pass healthcare bills which protect those with pre-existing conditions; he called on Congress to defend the southern border and stop the influx of drugs which kills hundreds of thousands of Americans each year; said veterans should be cared for and first-time offenders of nonviolent, drug-related crimes should be given a second chance. Themes of unity and redemption permeated Trump’s speech.
Trump also petitioned Congress to approve money to invest into the country’s infrastructure and fund research of childhood cancer. He also called on congressional members to pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, a bill which would outlaw physicians from being able to abort a child when it is born alive (usually when the child survives an abortion attempt or when the physical or mental health of a mother is endangered).
Here’s more on the bill, from Fox News:
Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse sought unanimous consent to pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would have required that “any health care practitioner present” at the time of a birth “exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health care practitioner would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age.”
The bill, which exempted the mother involved in the birth from prosecution, also would have required practitioners to “ensure that the child born alive is immediately transported and admitted to a hospital.”
It prescribed a possible term of imprisonment of up to five years for violations, not including penalties for first-degree murder that could also apply.
BizPac Review reports that a majority of people approved of the president’s speech with a resounding 97 percent of Republicans and 82 percent of Independents liking it.
“President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday evening garnered a stunning amount of bipartisan approval and praise both during and after the event,” BizPac Review reports.
And, “According to an ‘instant poll’ conducted by CBS News following the event, a 76 percent majority of Americans who tuned in for the speech approved of the president’s message.”
A particular moment where Trump applauded women representation in Congress got both parties in a cheerful ovation, from ABC News:
Many of the Democratic women lawmakers in white stood for the first time when the president spoke about progress made by women. They gave a loud standing ovation, bringing a smile to Pelosi’s face.
“No one has benefited more from our thriving economy than women, who have filled 58 percent of the new jobs created in the last year,” Trump said, triggering the applause.
“You weren’t supposed to do that,” Trump said to the group. “Don’t sit yet — you’re going to like this.”
“Exactly one century after Congress passed the Constitutional Amendment giving women the right to vote, we also have more women serving in Congress than ever before,” Trump said to loud cheers and bipartisan chants of “U.S.A.”
During his speech, Trump introduced Grace, a young girl who raised money on her birthday each year to help those with cancer. The girl was eventually diagnosed with brain cancer and completed her last cycle of Chemotherapy. After her introduction, Trump asked Congress to approve $500 million dollars over the next 10 years for childhood cancer research.
“When Grace completed treatment last fall, her doctors and nurses cheered — they loved her, they still love her — with tears in their eyes as she hung up a poster that read, ‘Last day of Chemo,’” Trump said, via ABC News. “Thank you very much Grace — you are a great inspiration to us all.”
The comments brought members to their feet in applause.
Here’s more praise for the speech, from BizPac Review:
Washington Examiner op-ed wrote:
From warmly congratulating newly elected Democratic congresswomen, to celebrating redemption in criminal justice reform and minority social mobility, the 2019 State of the Union address was President Trump at his best.
Trump was jovial and generous but also masterful in his political presentation. Trump praised the role of immigrants in American society and then articulated the costs of illegal immigrant criminality in American towns and cities. But there was a warmth to Trump’s speech that stands in stark contrast to Trump’s tweets. That warmth fits Trump well. He is a president of eccentricities, yes, but in the better element of that eccentricity we see an ability to appeal to Americans in ways that other politicians cannot.