Local Democrats Not Happy With Trump’s State Of The Union Speech


Rep. Soto Response to President Trump’s State of the Union Address

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Darren Soto issued the following response following Trump’s first State of the Union Address to Congress on Jan. 30, 2018:

“President Trump’s State of the Union address was yet another display of hollow pledges and divisive rhetoric. At a time when Congress is working on bipartisan efforts to craft a DREAMers –TPS –Border Security deal, Trump’s fear-inducing message paints a dangerously inaccurate picture of immigrant communities across the nation. Immigrants are good people, immensely contributing to our country. It is irresponsible, and simply wrong, for the President to categorize all immigrants as criminals and gang members. We cannot accept this false agenda!

“The President failed to address disaster relief in a meaningful way, as Florida Citrus growers are still reeling from Hurricane Irma. Also, the same night the President told Puerto Ricans “we are with you, we love you”, his administration discontinued food and water aid to over a million Americans in Puerto Rico who are still suffering. Not only did Trump fail to address the dire situation on the island during the State of the Union, he also failed in the recovery efforts and ultimately has failed Puerto Rico.

“We were pleased to hear about infrastructure, albeit brief and in scant detail, as well as proposals for lower prescription drugs. Yet, President’s Trump’s self-congratulatory claims on the GOP tax plan were worrisome. The fact is that under this new plan only high-income Americans will receive tax cuts. And while Wall Street is surging, main street faced an unimpressive 2.3% economic growth rate in 2017. The majority of middle-class American families will not receive tax relief. The “forgotten Americans” that the President often refers to, were forgotten in this speech, and that group is present in Central Florida.

“The state of our union is indeed strong, thanks to resilient Americans who continue fighting for opportunities for everyone. Let’s not allow the sowing of division and hate from the President to dishearten us. Americans will always rise above.”

Chris King Statement in Response to State of the Union Address

Winter Park, Fla. – Chris King, Orlando-area entrepreneur and Democratic candidate for governor, released the following statement in response to the President’s State of the Union Address:

“What we heard from President Trump was deeply dishonest and bigoted speech that ignored a simple truth: one-party rule isn’t working for regular middle-class families.

“Here’s the real state of our union: From Washington, D.C., to Tallahassee, Republican politicians would rather serve their special interest donors and party leaders than find real solutions to grow our economy.

“Floridians deserve better than to hear more empty speeches from politicians who are more loyal to their wealthy donors than to the people who elected them. It’s time for big ideas, new leadership and a governor of Florida who focuses tirelessly on creating quality jobs, raising wages, and lifting up Florida’s hardworking families.”

Gwen Graham: The State of Florida Hurt by Trump
Trump’s policies have hurt Florida’s schools, environment and economy 
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham released the following statement responding to Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address:

“I have seen Trump’s failures firsthand while working across our state with entrepreneurs, students, families — real Floridians. While the rich and well-connected are benefiting from Trump, working Floridians are finding it harder and harder to get ahead.

“Donald Trump has set Florida children and families back by placing the education industry in charge of our public schools. The appointment of Betsy DeVos has only encouraged more high-stakes testing and the privatization of our public schools.

“Donald Trump has threatened Florida’s entire environment and economy by withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement and threatening to drill off our beaches.

“And Donald Trump has made it more difficult for working Floridians to get ahead by undermining the Affordable Care Act and caving to the insurance companies, special interests and lobbyists who are making health care more expensive.

“Millions of Floridians have raised their voices to stop Trump’s most dangerous proposals — and we will continue to make our voices heard until the last day of his administration.

“As governor, I will stand up to Donald Trump when he betrays our values and hurts working Floridians. I will take on the president to defend our public schools, protect our environment, and strengthen health care.”


Murphy Responds to President’s State of the Union Address


WASHINGTON—U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., issued the following statement regarding the President’s State of the Union address:

Tonight, President Trump stated that we are one American family.  However, my sense is the vast majority of Americans do not feel that way; instead, while they are deeply patriotic, they believe our nation is being torn apart by excessive partisanship, severe dysfunction, and a lack of civility and mutual respect.  If we truly aspire to be one American family—to unify as a nation—the President and Congress must put country above party and people before politics.”


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  1. I am a life long Democrat who is very happy with what Trump has done. I watched the State of the Union with a mixed political crowd (both dems and reps) and we all gave it A+. I agree with life long Dem, Alan Dershowitz. The democratic party has been coopted by the far left. Go back and listen to both Clintons before Obama. They sound much like Trump on so many issues. It is time for everyone to start loving America more than they hate the other side.