February 5, 2020/Blog, Media

Everything that Happened at the 2020 State of the Union

After three years in office, Trump has failed to deliver the changes he promised. He is corrupt, ineffective, and has broken his promises to working- and middle-class Americans. 

The State of the Union address serves as the president’s routine update to Congress, but it also allows the president to outline his hopes for the future. Thus, as we listened to Donald Trump’s third State of the Union address tonight, we were hardly surprised when his speech proved to be both misleading and humiliating.

Earlier tonight, impeached President Donald Trump addressed the most senior members of the federal government during his third State of the Union address. The most corrupt president in American history doubled down on the myriad of harmful, oppressive policies he has enacted while in office, and proceeded to lie to the American people about the scope of his corrupt and deceptive leadership. 

In addition to Donald Trump’s lackluster address, the American people were fortunate enough to hear from Texas Congresswoman Veronica Escobar during the Democratic Party’s Spanish-language rebuttal to the State of the Union. During Rep. Escobar’s speech, she reiterated our party’s commitment to the truth and dedication to the integrity and stability of our democracy.

“Recuerdo haber visto la Estatua de la Libertad en Ellis Island por primera vez,” dijo Rep. Escobar durante su respuesta Demócrata ante el Estado de la Unión. “Estaba asombrada de Lady Liberty. Ella se erige como la guardiana de nuestros ideales: que todas las personas son creadas iguales, que los vulnerables deben ser atendidos y no rechazados, y que los Estados Unidos es el brillante ejemplo de bondad.”

“I remember seeing the Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island for the first time,” Congresswoman Veronica Escobar said during the Democrat’s rebuttal to the State of the Union. “I was in awe of Lady Liberty. She stands as the guardian of our ideals – that all people are created equal, that the vulnerable are to be cared for and not shunned, and that America is the shining example of goodness.”

 

Throughout her address, Congresswoman Escobar reminded the president, as well as the American people, that diversity is our country’s greatest strength. Rep. Escobar is building a progressive future we can all believe in. She spoke out about the issues most pressing to Texans, and she reminded the president that Democrats won’t allow bigotry and xenophobia to define our democracy. 

“Congresswoman Escobar’s leadership exemplifies what it means to be a Texas Democrat,” Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa said in a statement. “The contrast between Trump and Congresswoman Escobar couldn’t be clearer. Congresswoman Escobar offered a picture of an America that is warm and full of hope. Nuestra congresista nos ha hecho orgullosos.”

Trump has failed Americans in so many ways. He has refused to address climate change. He has sided with the NRA and refused to enact gun safety reforms. He has attacked civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and women’s rights. He has demonized immigrants and closed our doors to asylum seekers. And he’s has made us less safe, and weakened our role in the world.

After three years in office, Trump has failed to deliver the changes he promised. Most Americans aren’t feeling any benefits from Trump’s economy. Trump promised he’d raise workers’ wages, but middle-class income growth has slowed and wage gains barely outpaced inflation last year. Trump’s failed trade policies damaged the manufacturing industry, which has contracted for five straight months.

Trump vowed to protect Americans’ health care, a lie which he doubled-down on during the State of the Union. Instead, nearly 21 million Americans who gained coverage through the ACA could be at risk of losing their health insurance if Trump is successful. 

“Los demócratas están luchando,” dijo Escobar. “En el primer año como mayoría en la Cámara de Representantes, los demócratas aprobaron una legislación para reducir drásticamente el precio de las medicinas, reforzar las protecciones para las personas con enfermedades preexistentes y acabar con los planes de seguro médico a corto plazo – llamados ‘planes basura’.

“Democrats are fighting back,” Congresswoman Veronica Escobar said during the Democrat’s Spanish-language rebuttal to the State of the Union. “In the first year of our House Majority, Democrats passed sweeping legislation to dramatically reduce the price of prescription drugs, shore up protections for people with pre-existing conditions and crackdown on shoddy short-term health insurance plans – what we call ‘junk plans.’

When Texas voters are given the opportunity to elect their next president, Texas Senator, U.S. Representative, and leaders across the state, they will turn Texas blue up and down the ballot. Republicans have worked to bury the truth and lie to the American people, in their broader effort to corrupt a U.S. election. Texas Democrats like Rep. Escobar are working to confront the issues facing Texans head-on and generate prosperous solutions. Democrats in Texas and across the country are working for you, Donald Trump and his Republican allies are working for themselves.

Democrats are rolling up our sleeves and ready to make our vision a reality. We look forward to electing a Democratic president.