The reaction from Democrats and the media to President Trump’s 2019 State of the Union address on Tuesday diverged significantly from that of the American public.
The party’s new rising star, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a self-proclaimed socialist from New York who wants to spend $7 trillion on a new green program, was described by one report as having a “sour look” when the president was condemning the “politics of revenge, resistance.”
The New York Post reported she “shot back” at critics who said she didn’t show much enthusiasm.
Her claim: “Why should I be ‘spirited and warm’ for this embarrassment of a #SOTU. Tonight was an unsettling night for our country. The president failed to offer any plan, any vision at all, for our future. We’re flying without a pilot. And I’m not here to comfort anyone about that fact.”
But the public was not following her lead.
The Gateway Pundit reported polls by both CBS and CNN showed 76 percent of viewers approved of the president’s speech.
CBS found 72 percent approving of his immigration ideas.
The CNN poll showed 59 percent had a “very positive” reaction to the speech. Significantly, the CBS result showed 82 percent of independents approving.
Noted the report: “Peggy Noonan, a former speech writer for President Reagan and no fan of President Trump, praised his speech tonight, saying, ‘This has been a deeply adept speech in terms of policy. He cut to the muscle on legal and illegal immigration, on abortion and infanticide, on foreign wars. His vow on socialism will be remembered. Great heroes in the balcony, a real American panoply.”
She noted Ocasio-Cortez, who has been described by at least one pundit as the real leader of the Democratic Party, “had a rare bad night, looking not spirited, warm and original as usual but sullen, teenaged and at a loss.”
In fact, Trump laid out a clear vision for the nation’s future, calling on politicians in the divided Congress to “choose greatness,” and put citizens and country ahead of party.
He emphasized unity amid fierce opposition to his presidency.
He said many hope Washington “will govern not as two parties, but as one nation.”
He blasted Democrats celebration of an expansive New York abortion bill, promoted an “America first” foreign policy and insisted the nation must secure its borders.
He said the nation’s economy, booming since he took office, is just getting started, and work needs to be done on the infrastructure.
He also responded directly to Ocasio-Cortez’s socialist policies, declaring the nation never will be socialist.
The American Mirror pointed out she refused to applaud when other Democrats applauded Trump for his call for “cooperation, compromise, and the common good.”
The president said, “We must reject the politics of revenge, resistance and retribution, and embrace the boundless potential of cooperation, compromise, and the common good.”
Media outlets apparently didn’t see the same speech, with headlines such as “State of the Union Puts Democratic Resurgence on Full Display” from the New York Times and “2020 Democrats rebuke Trump with State of the Union Guests” from CNN.
Breitbart News listed the nine “worst” fact checks by the media of the speech.
“To begin with, they went into the State of the Union knowing they no longer have any credibility with the public, and they came out of it forced to lie or pound out a series of tedious nit-picks. Or, in the case of the far-left Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler, had to pretend the sexual assault of migrant women isn’t as bad as Trump made it sound.”
One Politico correction noted that only 31 percent of migrants are raped. Trump had said one in three.
“To which Politico replies: Whoa, whoa, whoa there, Hoss … It’s only 31 percent of women who are sexually assaulted, which is a far cry from the 33 percent required to achieve your ‘one in three’ claim, and we’re not going to turn Texas [Democrat] if we start throwing ’round outrageous terms like ‘one in three,'” the Breitbart report said.
The report also warned “CNN’s fact check will numb you with the picking of nits.”
“CNN’s fact check of Trump’s speech is so tedious, so pedantic it makes a trip to the DMV feel like a carnival ride. Here’s a favorite example: Trump says: ‘If I had not been elected President of the United States, we would right now, in my opinion, be in a major war with North Korea.’ And the four paragraphs of ‘owning’ the Orange Bad Man over this statement begin with: ‘This is questionable.’ Uhm, what exactly is questionable about an opinion?”
Roll Call reported the reaction from the Democrats who have or are expected to announce their own 2020 president bids.
“Five of them have already jumped in the presidential race: Gabbard of Hawaii and Sens. Kamala Harris of California, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York. The other six — Sens. Sanders of Vermont, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Reps. Ryan of Ohio and Eric Swalwell of California — have expressed interest in running but haven’t yet announced their plans.
“Gabbard paid more attention to her phone than Trump,” the report said. “Sanders was also the only one to deliberately ignore Trump as he said, ‘We must reject the politics of revenge, resistance, and retribution — and embrace the boundless potential of cooperation, compromise and the common good.'”
The report continued: “Warren and Brown notably remained seated when other Democrats stood while Trump said the new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico will result in more cars being stamped with ‘Made in the USA.’ The duo also sat as other Democrats applauded the president’s commitment to rebuilding crumbling infrastructure.
“Booker was observed pursing his lips through much of the speech. Swalwell at one point was impatiently tapping his left leg.”