It was a tale of two female Democrat lawmakers at last night’s State of the Union.
One behaved like a grown up, another behaved crass and undignified.
Like Erick wrote, President Trump’s speech was arguably his best one yet. It wasn’t just a red meat conservative speech; it was very Americana, uplifting, and appealing to all Americans—even Democrats.
The Democrat who applauded many bipartisan accomplishments was Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ).
She stood up to clap and cheer bipartisan accomplishments the most—especially for opportunity zones, tax cuts, and for the military, among many things. Here’s her statement:
Senator Sinema similarly cheered and applauded at last year’s State of the Union address, much to the chagrin of her Democrat colleagues in the U.S. Senate.
Like many others, I initially misjudged her. She has proven to conduct herself very well and shows a willingness to work productively with Republican Senators. I hope other Democrats emulate her style more. It’s refreshing. But alas, they won’t. What a squandered opportunity.
Alternatively, you have House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)—who began last night’s proceeding by forgoing tradition in announcing the President in this manner:
“Members of Congress, I have the high privilege and distinct honor of presenting to you the President of the United States.”
She said this instead, “Members of Congress, the President of the United States.”
I agree Trump should have extended his hand to Pelosi to show some grace, but tensions between the two are clearly high. I kind of don’t blame him for not wanting to shake her hand. After all, Pelosi has cheered for his impeachment and called him a third-rate politician. It didn’t help that Pelosi was smirking, eye rolling, looking down, and gesturing to the ladies in white throughout Trump’s speech. He didn’t shake Pence’s hand too—likely to avoid shaking her’s. While I agree it was petty, Pelosi certainly inflamed tensions further.
At the conclusion of Trump’s very well-received speech, the House Speaker had the gall to rip her copy of his speech to shreds on live TV. Wow.
When pressed afterwards on why she did this Pelosi replied, “It was the courteous thing to do considering the alternatives.” You have to ask yourself, What alternatives?
Even Jonathan Turley wasn’t having any of it:
What’s the takeaway from last night? In a world of Nancy Pelosis, be a Kyrsten Sinema.