State of the Union 2020 – **Highlights**

Highlights from tonite’s SOTUS. Refresh often for updates.

Pelosi tweeted a picture of a large group before the president’s speech, noting, “we #WearWhite to show support for the ongoing fight to achieve equality for women across the country.”

Expect to hear, return to American greatness, shattered American decline, USMCA, China, South Korea, EU, 12k new American factories, #1 producer of oil in the world, education for all, paid family leave, sanctuary cities, ending wars in the Middle East.

Rush Limbaugh sitting with First Lady Melania Trump.

Many are commenting that Trump disrespected Pelosi by not shaking her hand when he handed her his speech. Though it didn’t look intentional to me.

Nancy Pelosi did not use the normal introduction of:

“Members of Congress, I have the high privilege and distinct honor of presenting to you the President of the United States.”

Instead, she abbreviated it to:

“Members of Congress, the President of the United States.”

Incomes are souring, poverty is falling, and our country is thriving again. Years of economic decay are over.

Economy is the best it has ever been. Military is completely rebuilt. Our borders secure. Our values flourishing.

The State of Our Union is stronger than ever before.

Our agenda is: Pro-worker, pro-family, pro-growth, and pro-American. (How do Democrats not stand up for this?)

7 million jobs created. 5 million more than projected by the previous administration.

Unemployment lowest in 50 years.

The unemployment rate for African-Americans, Hispanic Americans and Asian Americans has reached the lowest levels in history.

African-American youth unemployment has reached an all-time low.

African-American poverty has declined to the lowest rate ever recorded.

The unemployment rate for women reached the lowest level in almost 70 years, and last year women filled 72 percent of all new jobs added.

The veterans’ unemployment rate dropped to a record low.

Under my administration, 7 million Americans have come off food stamps and 10 million people have been lifted off of welfare..

In 8 years under the last administration, over 300,000 working age people dropped out of the workforce. In just 3 years of my administration, 3.5 million people, working age people, have joined the workforce.

Low income workers have seen a 16% pay increase since his election. This is a Blue Collar Boom! Median household income is at the highest level ever recorded.

Jobs and investments are pouring into 9,000 previously neglected neighborhoods, thanks to opportunity zones, a plan spearheaded by Senator Tim Scott as part of our great Republican tax cuts. Wealthy people and companies are pouring money into poor neighborhoods or areas that haven’t seen investment in many decades, creating jobs, energy and excitement.

Criminal justice reform got done. (Nancy actually stood up and clapped for that one!)

After losing 60,000 factories under the previous two administrations, America has now gained 12,000 new factories under my administration, with thousands upon thousands of plants and factories being planned or being built. Companies are coming BACK to the USA!

Replaced the disastrous NAFTA trade deal (as promised). Unfair trade deals caused us to lose 1 in 4 manufacturing jobs. Six days ago I replaced NAFTA and signed a brand new U.S. Mexico Canada agreement into law.  The USMCA will create nearly 100,000 new high-paying American auto jobs and massively boost exports for our farmers, ranchers and factory workers. Has the strong backing of America’s labor unions.

Imposed tariffs to confront China’s massive theft of America’s jobs.  Signed the groundbreaking new agreement with China that will defend our workers, protect our intellectual property, brings billions and billions of dollars into our Treasury, and open vast new markets for products made and grown right here in the USA.

We are rebuilding OUR COUNTRY.

The true and legitimate president of Venezuela is in the gallery, Juan Guaido. (Pretty much everyone stood for him.) The American people stand with Venezuela in their righteous struggle for freedom.

Socialism destroys nations. Freedom unifies the soul.

We are also getting our allies, finally, to help pay their fair share. I have raised contributions from other NATO members by more than $400 billion and the number of allies meeting their minimum obligations has more than doubled.

Created the Space Force. Introduced Tuskeegee Airman Charles McGee (who he promoted to brigadier general earlier in the day) and his great grandson who wants to join the new Space Force. We must reject limits on our children’s future.

The only victories that matter in Washington are victories that deliver for the American people. The people are the heart of our country. Our job is to put America first. (Shot panned to Democrats who looked bored and uninterested.)

For too long, children have been trapped in failing government schools. Pennsylvania’s governor vetoed legislation to expand school choice to 50,000 children. Called on Congress to pass the Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunities Act, because no parent should be forced to send their child to a failing government school.

Initiative to offer vocational and technical education in EVERY SINGLE high school in America. Permanent funding for our nation’s historically black colleges and universities.

Before I took office, health insurance premiums had more than doubled in just five years.

Pledge to American families… Protect patients with pre-existing conditions. Will ALWAYS protect Medicare and Social Security. We will never let socialism destroy American healthcare.

There are those who want to take away your healthcare, take away your doctor, and abolish private insurance entirely. 132 lawmakers in this room have endorsed legislation to impose a socialist takeover of our healthcare system, wiping out the private health insurance plans of 180 million very happy Americans. If forcing American taxpayers to provide free unlimited health care to illegal aliens sounds fair to you, then stand with the radical left, but if you believe we should defend American patients and American seniors, then stand with me and pass legislation to prohibit free government health care for illegal aliens.

Democrats support free taxpayer-funded healthcare to millions of illegal aliens, forcing taxpayers to subsidize free care for anyone in the world who unlawfully crosses our borders.

A long, tall, and very powerful wall is being built along our southern border. Completed over 100 miles for a total of 500 miles completed.

Taking on pharma. Call for bipartisan legislation that achieves the goal of dramatically lowering prescription drug prices.  Get a bill on my desk and I will sign it into law immediately.

Democrat women stood up and chanted something. Couldn’t tell what it was.

Launched ambitious new initiatives to substantially improve care for Americans with kidney disease, Alzheimer’s and those struggling with mental health, and because Congress was so good as to fund my request, new cures for childhood cancer, and we will eradicate the AIDS epidemic in America by the end of this decade.

Announces Rush Limbaugh will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the country’s highest civilian honor). (Rush looked stunned, teary, and a little choked up.) Melania presented him with the medal.

One of the earliest premature babies. Born at less than 1 lb. She’s now a healthy 2 year old. Reminding us that every child is a miracle of life. Requesting of Congress $50 million funding for neonatal patients. And calling for a ban on late-term abortion. (Nancy couldn’t stand up for that one.) Every human life is a sacred gift from God.

“Whether we are Republican, Democrat, or Independent, surely we must all agree that every human life is a sacred gift from God!”

Called on Congress to pass the bipartisan Advancing Support for Working Families Act, extending family leave to mothers and fathers all across our nation.

United States will join the 1 trillion trees initiative, an ambitious effort to bring together government and private sector to plant new trees in America and all around the world.

Reuild America’s infrastructure (everyone stood for this one!)

Keep America safe means supporting men and women in law enforcement, including America’s ICE officers.

Local officials refuse to cooperate with ICE in removing criminal illegal aliens.

Asked Congress to pass the Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act immediately. Our cities should be sanctuaries for law-abiding American citizens, not criminal aliens. Trump Administration has ended catch and release. If you come illegally you will be promptly removed.

Admin is restoring the rule of law. Thanks to the Senate, confirmed a record number of 187 new federal judges to uphold our Constitution as written. Confirmed 2 brilliant Justices to SCOTUS. And we have many in the pipeline!

Administration is also defending religious liberty, including the Constitutional right to PRAY in public schools. In America, we don’t punish prayer.  We don’t tear down crosses.  We don’t ban symbols of faith.  We don’t muzzle preachers and pastors.  In America, we celebrate faith.  We cherish religion.  We lift our voices in prayer, and we raise our sights to the glory of God.

Just as important as free speech, I will always protect your right to keep and bear arms.

America will be the first nation to plant it’s flag on Mars.

Combating radical Islamic terrorism. Al Bagdadi is dead.

The terrorist responsible for killing Sergeant Hake (wife and son in the gallery) was Qassem Soleimani. Our message to the terrorists is clear.  You will never escape American justice.  If you attack our citizens, you forfeit your life. 

It is also not our function to serve other nations as law enforcement agencies.  These are war fighters that we have, the best in the world, and they either want to fight to win or not fight at all.  We are working to finally end America’s longest war and bring our troops back home.

Brought home husband and father, Sgt. Williams, from deployment, reuniting with family in the gallery. (Everyone chants USA!)

He closed with “the best is yet to come.”

And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wasted no time in ripping her copy of his speech in half right behind him after he finished! When asked about it afterward, she said “it was the courteous thing to do considering the alternative.”

Democrat Chuck Schumer comments that it was more of a campaign speech than that of a true leader. Calling it undignified.

See full speech at NPR.

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