President Trump delivered his first State of the Union last night.
I felt inspired, grateful – and proud of our President.
I wasn’t alone.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 31, 2018
80% of Americans who watched felt President Trump was trying to Unite the Country.
Two-thirds said President Trump’s SOTU made them feel proud.
8 in 10 Americans who watched Pres. Trump’s #SOTU address felt he was trying to unite the country, rather than divide it. Two-thirds said the speech made them feel proud, though just a third said it made them feel safer, CBS News poll finds https://t.co/SRoN9NzmKE pic.twitter.com/bvyG3myhgt
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 31, 2018
110 rounds of applause and 70 standing ovations. Both SOTU records.
— CBS This Morning ❄️ (@CBSThisMorning) January 31, 2018
More to follow, but first some highlights:
Tonight, I call upon all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground, and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people we were elected to serve.
Let us begin tonight by recognizing that the state of our Union is strong because our people are strong. And together, we are building a safe, strong, and proud America.
We have created 2.4 million new jobs, including 200,000 new jobs in manufacturing alone. After years of wage stagnation, we are finally seeing rising wages.
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.
Small business confidence is at an all-time high. The stock market has smashed one record after another, gaining $8 trillion in value.
And just as I promised the American people from this podium 11 months ago, we enacted the biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history.
There has never been a better time to start living the American Dream.
So to every citizen watching at home tonight — no matter where you have been, or where you come from, this is your time. If you work hard, if you believe in yourself, if you believe in America, then you can dream anything, you can be anything, and together, we can achieve anything.
We all share the same home, the same heart, the same destiny, and the same great American flag. Together, we are rediscovering the American way. In America, we know that faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, are the center of the American life. Our motto is “in God we trust.”
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.
I will not stop until our veterans are properly taken care of, which has been my promise to them from the very beginning of this great journey.
I call on the Congress to empower every Cabinet Secretary with the authority to reward good workers — and to remove Federal employees who undermine the public trust or fail the American people.
In our drive to make Washington accountable, we have eliminated more regulations in our first year than any administration in history.
We have ended the war on American Energy — and we have ended the war on clean coal. We are now an exporter of energy to the world.
We also believe that patients with terminal conditions should have access to experimental treatments that could potentially save their lives. People who are terminally ill should not have to go from country to country to seek a cure — I want to give them a chance right here at home. It is time for the Congress to give these wonderful Americans the “right to try.”
America has also finally turned the page on decades of unfair trade deals that sacrificed our prosperity and shipped away our companies, our jobs, and our Nation’s wealth. The era of economic surrender is over.
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.
For decades, open borders have allowed drugs and gangs to pour into our most vulnerable communities. They have allowed millions of low-wage workers to compete for jobs and wages against the poorest Americans. Most tragically, they have caused the loss of many innocent lives.
Tonight, I am calling on the Congress to finally close the deadly loopholes that have allowed MS-13, and other criminals, to break into our country. We have proposed new legislation that will fix our immigration laws, and support our ICE and Border Patrol Agents, so that this cannot ever happen again.
As President of the United States, my highest loyalty, my greatest compassion, and my constant concern is for America’s children, America’s struggling workers, and America’s forgotten communities. I want our youth to grow up to achieve great things. I want our poor to have their chance to rise.
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.
It is time to begin moving towards a merit-based immigration system — one that admits people who are skilled, who want to work, who will contribute to our society, and who will love and respect our country.
My Administration is committed to fighting the drug epidemic and helping get treatment for those in need. The struggle will be long and difficult — but, as Americans always do, we will prevail.
I am asking the Congress to end the dangerous defense sequester and fully fund our great military.
As part of our defense, we must modernize and rebuild our nuclear arsenal, hopefully never having to use it, but making it so strong and powerful that it will deter any acts of aggression. Perhaps someday in the future there will be a magical moment when the countries of the world will get together to eliminate their nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, we are not there yet.
Terrorists are not merely criminals. They are unlawful enemy combatants. And when captured overseas, they should be treated like the terrorists they are.
I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to help ensure American foreign-assistance dollars always serve American interests, and only go to America’s friends.
As we strengthen friendships around the world, we are also restoring clarity about our adversaries.
America stands with the people of Iran in their courageous struggle for freedom.
I am asking the Congress to address the fundamental flaws in the terrible Iran nuclear deal.
North Korea’s reckless pursuit of nuclear missiles could very soon threaten our homeland. I will not repeat the mistakes of past administrations that got us into this dangerous position.
It was that same yearning for freedom that nearly 250 years ago gave birth to a special place called America. It was a small cluster of colonies caught between a great ocean and a vast wilderness. But it was home to an incredible people with a revolutionary idea: that they could rule themselves. That they could chart their own destiny. And that, together, they could light up the world.
Freedom stands tall over one more monument: this one. This Capitol. This living monument to the American people. A people whose heroes live not only in the past, but all around us — defending hope, pride, and the American way.
The people dreamed this country. The people built this country. And it is the people who are making America great again.
As long as we are proud of who we are, and what we are fighting for, there is nothing we cannot achieve.
As long as we have confidence in our values, faith in our citizens, and trust in our God, we will not fail.
Our families will thrive.
Our people will prosper.
And our Nation will forever be safe and strong and proud and mighty and free.
Thank you, and God bless America.
Inspired, grateful – and proud of our President.
Now, back to that CBS poll.
Note that third number – in yellow. It’s truly worthy of attention.
CBS Poll of Trump’s #SOTU address.
Democrats are in big trouble if Trump continues implementing his policies. pic.twitter.com/YsI5XVDraN
— Ryan Saavedra 🇺🇸 (@RealSaavedra) January 31, 2018
Democrats should have taken note.
At 4.5-million tweets, @Twitter says this was most-tweeted SOTU or Joint Session of Congress ever. Top tweeted moments:
1. @POTUS: “We stand for the national anthem”
2. @POTUS discusses immigration reform proposals
3. @POTUS discusses MS-13
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) January 31, 2018
But, of course, they didn’t.
Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez stormed out of Trump’s #SOTU speech after a “USA!” chant broke out.
Democrats hate America. pic.twitter.com/ivX2WvIvQV
— Ryan Saavedra 🇺🇸 (@RealSaavedra) January 31, 2018
This wasn’t a poorly timed shot. This was Pelosi’s look during the entire speech.
Trump: Tonight I call upon all of us to set aside our differences, seek out common ground and summon the unity we need to deliver for the people.
— Lyndsey Fifield (@lyndseyfifield) January 31, 2018
Nothing like a call for Unity amidst a soaring economy, record low unemployment and rising wages to rally the Left.
if the old saying is true – that “progressivism is the fear that someone somewhere is making America look good” – this is one of the worst nights ever for progressives.
— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) January 31, 2018
Five Democrat SOTU responses. Five. The epitome of a fractured political party.
There will be 5 Democrat responses to the #SOTU tonight.
Trump talked about uniting the country; Democrats can’t even unite their own party.https://t.co/oXXho1RwoZ
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) January 31, 2018
One Democrat response in particular stood out.
Bravo to the Dem advance staffer who decided to put a Kennedy in front of a car wreck on national TV.
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) January 31, 2018
At least Dems got one thing right.
Smart move from Dems tonight: if you’re going to stage a Kennedy in front of a car, make sure nobody will think he’s old enough to buy liquor and drive it off a bridge.
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) January 31, 2018
Then we had this.
Church … family … police … military … the national anthem … Trump trying to call on all the tropes of 1950s-era nationalism. The goal of this speech appears to be to force the normalization of Trump on the terms of the bygone era his supporters are nostalgic for. #SOTU
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) January 31, 2018
Church, Family, Police, Military, the National Anthem.
Things the Progressive Left despises.
This. Is. The. Left.
“Church, Family, Police, Military, National Anthem – a bygone era.”
And they wonder why they keep losing… https://t.co/0t3Fi5QRsn
— Jeff Carlson, CFA (@themarketswork) January 31, 2018
And things Democrats won’t applaud.
Sad. Because there was so very much to applaud.
Like this powerful image – capturing the night. And symbolizing so much.
The powerful image of a young man, lifting his crutches in defiance of a North Korean regime that once tortured him. I will never forget this moment.
God bless you, Ji Seong-ho. pic.twitter.com/DSuUz8qCvR
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) January 31, 2018
Seong-ho, I understand you still keep those crutches as a reminder of how far you have come. Your great sacrifice is an inspiration to us all.
Seong-ho’s story is a testament to the yearning of every human soul to live in freedom. It was that same yearning for freedom that nearly 250 years ago gave birth to a special place called America.
President Trump noted one last thing as he was exiting.
President Trump confirmed that he will release the memo!
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) January 31, 2018
Rep Jeff Duncan: Mr. President, let’s release the memo.
President Trump: Oh yeah. Don’t worry. 100%.
An inspiring and powerful State of the Union – from start to finish.
This morning we witnessed yet another result from President Trump’s economic policies.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) January 31, 2018