On Tuesday, February 5th, President Donald Trump delivered his State of the Union address in front of a joint session Congress.
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This year’s speech clocked in at 82 minutes which is the longest since Bill Clinton’s in 2000 lasting a whopping 89-minutes. The important talking points President Trump stated was his antiabortion oratory, his famous wall on the southern border, and the gender unity of the Democratic Party. Besides the long speech and many applauses shared, the State of the Union address was expressed a little later than it was supposed to be.
Scheduled on January 29th, the address was going to be given just like any normal speech. However, during the government shutdown, a fight over President Trump’s effort on a $5.7 billion demand for the border wall sparked another argument. Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote to the president stating, “The House of Representatives will not consider a concurrent resolution to authorizing the President’s State of the Union address in the House Chamber until the government has opened.” On January 25th the president signed a short-term spending bill to open the government temporarily so that the address could be rescheduled.
After the couple weeks of waiting for the address, the speech was finally given and President Trump could finally make his claims. Early in the speech, President Trump said, “There is a new opportunity in American politics if only we dare to seize it. Victory is not winning for our party. Victory is winning for our country.” Officials hinted before the address that Trump would offer an olive branch of sorts.
Of course, the wall could not have been kept out of the speech. Many thought he would declare a national emergency over the southern border, but no statement was made. This could have forced the US Department of Defense to provide funding and labor for the wall. However, the president did lay a foundation for if and when that option will become necessary.
One of the most significant topics that is being publicized is the respect that the president had for women in Congress and the workforce. Starting in the early 20th Century, the women’s suffrage movement would wear white to the get the attention from media and other attendees. This year, the Congresswomen decided to honor the suffrage movement and also wear white. During his speech, President Trump even spoke to the power saying, “All Americans can be proud that we have more women in the workforce than ever before and exactly one century after the Congress passed the constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote, we also have more women serving in Congress than ever before.” That statement received thunderous applause and a chant of “USA! USA!” from not only the female Democrats but from the entire chamber. That may have been the unity Trump was hoping for.
With the address over and everyone back to their healthy lives, we can only hope that things are going to be changed. Some may also be hoping that change does not come. Whichever side you are thinking, we all hope one day America can come together in unity.