President Donald Trump delivered his first ever State of the Union address on Jan. 30 before the members of Congress, along with 45.6 million Americans viewing across 12 networks.
A familiar pattern of reactions were recorded after the address with mostly praise from Republicans on the topic of economic policy, while a majority of Democrats say Trump’s speech further deepened the divide between parties with his talks of immigration and his call for more reverence for the flag and the national anthem.
Still, some conservatives were not completely in tune with Trump’s talk on American economy. Jonah Goldberg at the National Review was disappointed that the budget deficit nor the national debt were touched on.
“Except for some laudable bits about streamlining the bureaucracy and improving FDA policy, there wasn’t a hint of fiscal conservatism to it,” said Goldberg.
Opinions from very opposite ends of the spectrum were shared almost immediately following the address. Fox News host Sean Hannity tweeted, “Amazing, inspirational speech @realDonaldTrump. To the haters in the media and those that wanted him to fail, nobody cares what you have to say. America is back. Thank God.” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer also took to Twitter saying, “After a long and divisive year, many Americans were yearning for the President to present a unifying vision for the country. Unfortunately, his #SOTU address stoked the fires of division instead of bringing us closer together.”
Although the first half of Trump’s speech focused on a call for bipartisanship, arguably one of greatest things lacked since the 2016 election, Democrats weren’t fully convinced by his words about being “one people, and one American family.”
“We need a president who will not only call for more bipartisanship, but shows he’s willing to work in a bipartisan way,” tweeted Florida Senator Bill Nelson.
The president focused mostly on immigration and foreign policy as main points stating that, “Americans are dreamers too,” but much rebuke came from the fact that Trump only made a passing nod at the tragedy Puerto Rico is still enduring after Hurricane Maria. Representative Luis Gutierrez of Illinois said that Trump’s remark about Puerto Rico “is a metaphor for how this President sees all Latinos and people of color: he does not see us as his equals and he does not see us as fellow human beings.”
Another big topic of conversation was the difference in body language seen during the speech. Heaps of standing applause came from the Republican side while the Democratic side sat with somber expressions.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz, expressed disdain over the lack of Democratic reaction during the State of the Union with Fox News, saying “It was stunning to watch Washington Democrats sit there stone-faced and refuse to applaud more jobs, higher wages, jobs coming back to America.”
It was truly a State of the Union address for the books, with opinions ranging from “a unifying message” to “he was selling sweet tasting candy with poison in it.”
Trump wrapped up the night with a tweet that reads, “Thank you for all of the nice compliments and reviews on the State of the Union speech. 45.6 million people watched, the highest number in history. @FoxNews beat every other Network, for the first time ever, with 11.7 million people tuning in. Delivered from the heart!”