Trump Jabs Democrats, Calls For Bipartisanship In State Of The Union Address
President Donald Trump delivered his 2019 State of the Union address on Friday.
It was predictably polarizing as State of the Union speeches typically are, divided with applause and jeers on partisan lines.
It was sometime somber and other times raucous.
“We can bridge old divisions, heal old wounds, build new coalitions, forge new solutions, and unlock the extraordinary promise of America’s future. The decision is ours to make,” he said.
“We must choose between greatness or gridlock, results or resistance, vision or vengeance, incredible progress or pointless destruction. Tonight I ask you to choose greatness,” the president said. Setting the theme for the address.
The president touched on the topic of illegal immigration several times in the speech, mentioning a caravan currently in Mexico.
“Wealthy politicians and donors push for open borders while living their lives behind walls and gates and guards,” he said to the roans of Democrats.
He called for “a new physical barrier, or wall, to secure the vast areas between our ports of entry.”
“In the past, most of the people in this room voted for a wall. But the proper wall never got built,’ he said. ‘I’ll get it built,” he said.
President Trump touted what he called an “economic miracle (that) is taking place in the United States,,” which he said could only be stopped by “foolish wars, politics or ridiculous, partisan investigations.”
And he drew cheers from Democrat women when he said “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.”
“You weren’t supposed to do that!” he quipped.
“Don’t sit yet. You’re going to like this!” the president said. “Exactly one century after the Congress passed the Constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote, we also have more women serving in the Congress than ever before.”
He also cited Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia in calling for an end to late term abortions.
“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,” the president said.
“These are living, feeling, beautiful babies who will never get the chance to share their love and dreams with the world. And then, we had the case of the Governor of Virginia where he basically stated he would execute a baby after birth,” he said.
“To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb,” he said.