President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address was a home run, with 75 percent of respondents to a CBS News poll approving of his remarks, while only 25 percent disapproved.
The same CBS survey found that 65 percent of the people were proud of the president’s speech, and 35 percent felt safer as Americans. On the other side, 21 percent were angry about his remarks and 14 percent said they were scared.
For President Trump, it was clearly a victory while Congressional Democrats were frequently seen scowling and not reacting at all while their Republican colleagues delivered standing ovations. This provided a stark visual contrast not only when the president referred to the repeal of the individual insurance mandate that was a cornerstone of Obamacare, but also when he made reference to other things, including the low unemployment rates for blacks and Hispanics.
He made reference to illegal immigration, and usurped one of the Left’s favorite terms for illegal aliens: “Dreamers.” Here’s what he said that seemed to infuriate some Democrats:
“My duty, and the sacred duty of every elected official in this chamber, is to defend Americans — to protect their safety, their families, their communities, and their right to the American Dream. Because Americans are dreamers too.”—Donald Trump
A CNN poll also found that 48 percent were very positive about Trump’s address, and another 22 percent were “somewhat positive,” which translates to a 70 percent favorable rating, while 16 percent were somewhat negative and 13 percent were very negative, translating to 29 percent who cringed at the speech, which may be viewed here in its entirety.
But there’s another “poll” of sorts that also matters. Wednesday morning’s New York Stock Exchange opener gained 220 points from the Tuesday close. S&P futures were up and so were the Nasdaq futures.
One of the president’s themes was putting people back to work, and bringing American business back to American shores:
“We want every American to know the dignity of a hard day’s work. We want every child to be safe in their home at night. And we want every citizen to be proud of this land that we love.
“We can lift our citizens from welfare to work, from dependence to independence, and from poverty to prosperity.
“As tax cuts create new jobs, let us invest in workforce development and job training. Let us open great vocational schools so our future workers can learn a craft and realize their full potential. And let us support working families by supporting paid family leave.”—Donald Trump
Crowd shots from behind or to the sides of the House chamber showed repeatedly Democrats sitting almost motionless while everyone else stood and applauded. That could translate to a public relations disaster, especially when illustrated with images of Reps. Steny Hoyer and Nancy Pelosi painfully frowning at Trump’s high points, while Sen. Charles Schumer’s facial expression was that of a man scheming to undermine the president’s progress and make it look like Trump’s fault.
CFL’s Joe Newby filed an earlier report on Democrat conduct during the address and a staff roundup caught the departure of Rep. Luis Gutierrez in reaction to the audience erupting with chants of “USA.”
For President Trump, whose speech delivery was very good, the State of the Union address was a winner. And it showed on live television that his critics are losers.