The State of the Union, in my opinion, was a hot mess. The night started with the President refusing to shake Nancy Pelosi’s hand (how petty), and then the lies began.
Trump stated, “From the instant I took office, I moved rapidly to revive the U.S. economy.” Of course, this was a lie. He inherited a recovering economy thanks to President Obama. I’m amazed at all the deregulation under Trump’s watched we haven’t fallen back into another recession.
“African-American poverty has declined to the lowest rate ever recorded,” according to Trump. Yes, African American poverty has declined, but many are still struggling. I seriously doubt Trump has visited any African American communities with their interests in mind; and I am tired of him using us as bragging rights for which he doesn’t deserve.
When Trump stated, “Under my administration, 7 million Americans have come off food stamps,” he failed to mention because of his policies, people are being kicked off the program.
Trump continued with education; he stated: “Yet for too long, countless American children have been trapped in failing government schools.” I guess he meant public schools. Either way, Republicans continue to find new ways to divert funds from public schools to private or charter schools.
The biggest lie, in my opinion, from last night’s State of the Union, was Trump’s pledge to American families to protect patients with preexisting conditions. Trump’s administration has joined with the Republican-governed states in a lawsuit to scrap the Affordable Care Act, which includes protections for preexisting conditions.
Whatever your take on last night’s State of the Union for me, it was not a “great” speech. A great speech would not be riddled with lies and divisive rhetoric language. We need to hold the President and those who hold public office that follows him blindly accountable.