SOTU: Petulant Dems refuse to stand for God, national anthem, veterans, tax cuts, low black unemployment

One can certainly be excused for thinking Democrats hate America after their performance at President Trump’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday.  The Daily Caller’s Amber Athey listed five things the party of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama refused to stand for during the speech, which included God, the national anthem, veterans and record black unemployment.

Trump, for example, touted the patriotism of a young boy named Preston Sharp who has planted flags for veterans since 2015.

“Young patriots like Preston teach all of us about our civic duty as Americans. Preston’s reverence for those who have served our Nation reminds us why we salute our flag, why we put our hands on our hearts for the pledge of allegiance, and why we proudly stand for the national anthem,” the president said.

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The president also mentioned the national motto, “In God we trust.”

“In America, we know that faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, are the center of the American life,” he said.  Our motto is ‘in God we trust.’”

He also gave a shout out to veterans: “And we are serving our brave veterans, including giving our veterans choice in their healthcare decisions.  Last year, the Congress passed, and I signed, the landmark VA Accountability Act.”

This is nothing new, by the way.  Last year, top Democrats also refused to stand when the president acknowledged the widow of a Navy SEAL.

According to a Breitbart report at the time:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), among others, remained firmly seated and did not applaud at all while the rest of the room gave Carryn Owens a standing ovation, IJR reported.

“We are blessed to be joined tonight by Carryn Owens, the widow of a U.S. Navy special operator, Senior Chief William ‘Ryan’ Owens. Ryan died as he lived: a warrior, and a hero — battling against terrorism and securing our nation,” Trump said, introducing the widow.

The report went on to say: “Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), and other Democratic members of Congress did stand and applaud on the second round of ovations, but many others still refused to stand.”

“Former DNC Chair and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) were among the Democratic leaders who remained seated during the second emotional two-minute-long standing ovation for Carryn Owens, though they did stand for her introduction,” Breitbart added to its 2017 report.

Trump also touted the low black unemployment rate.

“Unemployment claims have hit a 45-year low.  African-American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded, and Hispanic American unemployment has also reached the lowest levels in history,” he said.

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus, however, refused to stand.  Why?  Is that not their primary voter base?

Democrats certainly didn’t acquit themselves very well at Tuesday’s speech, which was viewed positively by a majority of those who watched it.

CNN, the cable outlet now seen by many as the least-trusted name in network news, naturally had a different view:

No doubt, it wasn’t a very good evening for the left…


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