President Trump took it to the Democrats during an impressive State of the Union address that left Americans hungry for more.
“The state of our union is stronger than ever before,” Trump declared early on to applause, as most Democrats — including those who have recently sought to have the president removed from office – remained seated, stone-faced and apparently dejected.
Trump went right at socialism and left-wing policies which didn’t sit well with Democrats in attendance.
The president used the opportunity to publicly challenge Democrats on policy grounds while touting what he called the “blue-collar boom” in the country.
“Since my election, the net worth of the bottom half of wage-earners has increased by 47 percent — 3 times faster than the increase for the top 1 percent,” Trump said.
“After decades of flat and falling incomes, wages are rising fast — and, wonderfully, they are rising fastest for low-income workers, who have seen a 16 percent pay-increase since my election. This is a blue-collar boom.”
Trump then pivoted to the condemnation of socialist healthcare policies.
“As we work to improve Americans’ healthcare, there are those who want to take away your health care, take away your doctor, and abolish private insurance entirely,” Trump said.
“One hundred thirty-two 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 Americans. To those watching at home tonight, I want you to know: We will never let socialism destroy American health care.”
He added: “Over 130 legislators in this chamber have endorsed legislation that would bankrupt our Nation by providing 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. These proposals would raid the Medicare benefits our seniors depend on, while acting as a powerful lure for illegal immigration.”
“This is what is happening in California and other States — their systems are totally out of control, costing taxpayers vast and unaffordable amounts of money,” Trump continued.
“If forcing American taxpayers to provide unlimited free healthcare to illegal aliens sounds fair to you, then stand with the radical left. But if you believe that we should defend American patients and American seniors, then stand with me and pass legislation to prohibit free Government healthcare for illegal aliens!”
Drawing some audible murmurs of disapproval from Democrats in the chamber, Trump repeatedly took aim at the Obama administration’s disastrous economic and foreign policies.
“If we had not reversed the failed economic policies of the previous administration, the world would not now be witness to America’s great economic success,” Trump said. “Under the last administration, more than 10 million people were added to the food stamp rolls. Under my administration, 7 million Americans have come off of food stamps, and 10 million people have been lifted off of welfare.”
Leading to more grunts from Democrats, Trump further hammered “sanctuary city” policies that shield illegal immigrants from federal immigration authorities.
“Tragically, there are many cities in America where radical politicians have chosen to provide sanctuary for these criminal illegal aliens,” Trump said.
“In Sanctuary Cities, local officials order police to release dangerous criminal aliens to prey upon the public, instead of handing them over to ICE to be safely removed. Just 29 days ago, a criminal alien freed by the Sanctuary City of New York was charged with the brutal rape and murder of a 92-year-old woman.”
“The killer had been previously arrested for assault, but under New York’s sanctuary policies, he was set free. If the city had honored ICE’s detainer request, his victim would be alive today. The State of California passed an outrageous law declaring their whole State to be a sanctuary for criminal illegal immigrants — with catastrophic results.”
Trump then touched on the incredible economic results that his presidency has produced, in particular for minorities and women while Democrats refused to applaud the nation’s success.
“The unemployment rates for African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and Asian-Americans have reached the lowest levels in history,” Trump said. “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.”
Trump then celebrated the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), adding that it would only serve to accelerate job growth.
“[The USMCA] will create nearly 100,000 new high-paying American auto jobs, and massively boost exports for our farmers, ranchers, and factory workers. It will also bring trade with Mexico and Canada to a much higher degree, but also to a much greater level of fairness and reciprocity. This is the first major trade deal in many years to earn the strong backing of America’s labor unions.”