Trump’s State of the Union address: the top takeaways , On Tuesday, President Trump delivered what could be his last State of the Union address—or merely the last of his first term. That will depend, of course, on whether Trump is reelected in November.
Accordingly, Trump used the address to celebrate his record. Republicans were happy to comply, heartily cheering Trump at every turn. Democrats, for the most part sat silently. Here are the key takeaways from Trump’s address.
An era of bipartisanship is not in Washington’s future
As divided as Washington has been in recent years, it has perhaps never been as divided as it is today. The president has just been impeached, and he is entering a reelection contest that could be the most divisive in American history
Neither side made meaningful efforts at the famed practice of aisle-crossing,
Which is more frequently invoked than practiced in Washington, at least these days. Political divisions were apparent from the very start. Most of the female Democrats in the House wore all-white outfits that have come to serve as a rebuke of Trump.
A few progressives, including Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, did not rise when Trump entered the chamber. A few others, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts,
As Trump took his place at the podium, he pointedly refused to shake hands with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who had just presided over his impeachment in the House. She returned the favor about an hour and a half later. As Trump finished his address, Pelosi tore up a printed version of his speech,