After some back and forth over when and where it would happen, President Donald Trump finally delivered his second State of the Union Address on February 5. Now that the government is open again, Trump moved on to discussing some of his administrations’ successes over the past two years and calling for bipartisan support. Oh, and Rick Perry was the designated survivor. He currently serves as Secretary of Energy. Perry has held the position for the entire Trump administration, a real feat when you consider turnover.
Some of the guests of the Trump’s included a young girl recovering from brain cancer, a boy who shares the Trump’s surname and was bullied for it, a Holocaust survivor, and a World War II soldier who helped liberate a concentration camp. Not all of the Supreme Court Justices made an appearance, as RBG is still recovering from surgery. Nancy Pelosi loomed in the background as the newly re-elected Speaker of the House, and despite that and the rancorous partisan gridlock, the speech was well-received in the polls.
Here are some of the highlights of Trump’s speech
“To help support working parents, the time has come to pass school choice for America’s children. I am also proud to be the first President to include in my budget a plan for nationwide paid family leave — so that every new parent has the chance to bond with their newborn child.”
Venezuela and socialism
“We stand with the Venezuelan people in their noble quest for freedom — and we condemn the brutality of the Maduro regime, whose socialist policies have turned that nation from being the wealthiest in South America into a state of abject poverty and despair. Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country. America was founded on liberty and independence –- not government coercion, domination, and control. We are born free, and we will stay free. Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.”
Criminal justice reform
“My Administration worked closely with members of both parties to sign the First Step Act into law. This legislation reformed sentencing laws that have wrongly and disproportionately harmed the African-American community. The First Step Act gives non-violent offenders the chance to re-enter society as productive, law-abiding citizens. Now, States across the country are following our lead. America is a Nation that believes in redemption.”