Transcript – President Trump State of The Union Speech…

[Transcript] TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and my fellow Americans:

Less than 1 year has passed since I first stood at this podium, in this majestic chamber, to speak on behalf of the American People — and to address their concerns, their hopes, and their dreams. That night, our new Administration had already taken swift action. A new tide of optimism was already sweeping across our land.

Each day since, we have gone forward with a clear vision and a righteous mission — to make America great again for all Americans.

Over the last year, we have made incredible progress and achieved extraordinary success. We have faced challenges we expected, and others we could never have imagined. We have shared in the heights of victory and the pains of hardship. We endured floods and fires and storms. But through it all, we have seen the beauty of America’s soul, and the steel in America’s spine.

Each test has forged new American heroes to remind us who we are, and show us what we can be.

We saw the volunteers of the “Cajun Navy,” racing to the rescue with their fishing boats to save people in the aftermath of a devastating hurricane.

We saw strangers shielding strangers from a hail of gunfire on the Las Vegas strip.

We heard tales of Americans like Coast Guard Petty Officer Ashlee Leppert, who is here tonight in the gallery with Melania. Ashlee was aboard one of the first helicopters on the scene in Houston during Hurricane Harvey. Through 18 hours of wind and rain, Ashlee braved live power lines and deep water, to help save more than 40 lives. Thank you, Ashlee.

We heard about Americans like firefighter David Dahlberg. He is here with us too. David faced down walls of flame to rescue almost 60 children trapped at a California summer camp threatened by wildfires.

To everyone still recovering in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, California, and everywhere else — we are with you, we love you, and we will pull through together.

Some trials over the past year touched this chamber very personally. With us tonight is one of the toughest people ever to serve in this House — a guy who took a bullet, almost died, and was back to work three and a half months later: the legend from Louisiana, Congressman Steve Scalise.

We are incredibly grateful for the heroic efforts of the Capitol Police Officers, the Alexandria Police, and the doctors, nurses, and paramedics who saved his life, and the lives of many others in this room.

In the aftermath of that terrible shooting, we came together, not as Republicans or Democrats, but as representatives of the people. But it is not enough to come together only in times of tragedy. Tonight, I call upon all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground, and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people we were elected to serve.

Over the last year, the world has seen what we always knew: that no people on Earth are so fearless, or daring, or determined as Americans. If there is a mountain, we climb it. If there is a frontier, we cross it. If there is a challenge, we tame it. If there is an opportunity, we seize it.

So let us begin tonight by recognizing that the state of our Union is strong because our people are strong.

And together, we are building a safe, strong, and proud America.

Since the election, we have created 2.4 million new jobs, including 200,000 new jobs in manufacturing alone. After years of wage stagnation, we are finally seeing rising wages.

Unemployment claims have hit a 45-year low. African-American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded, and Hispanic American unemployment has also reached the lowest levels in history.

Small business confidence is at an all-time high. The stock market has smashed one record after another, gaining $8 trillion in value. That is great news for Americans’ 401k, retirement, pension, and college savings accounts.

And just as I promised the American people from this podium 11 months ago, we enacted the biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history.

Our massive tax cuts provide tremendous relief for the middle class and small businesses.

To lower tax rates for hardworking Americans, we nearly doubled the standard deduction for everyone. Now, the first $24,000 earned by a married couple is completely tax-free. We also doubled the child tax credit.

A typical family of four making $75,000 will see their tax bill reduced by $2,000 — slashing their tax bill in half.

This April will be the last time you ever file under the old broken system — and millions of Americans will have more take-home pay starting next month.

We eliminated an especially cruel tax that fell mostly on Americans making less than $50,000 a year — forcing them to pay tremendous penalties simply because they could not afford government-ordered health plans. We repealed the core of disastrous Obamacare — the individual mandate is now gone.

We slashed the business tax rate from 35 percent all the way down to 21 percent, so American companies can compete and win against anyone in the world. These changes alone are estimated to increase average family income by more than $4,000.

Small businesses have also received a massive tax cut, and can now deduct 20 percent of their business income.

Here tonight are Steve Staub and Sandy Keplinger of Staub Manufacturing — a small business in Ohio. They have just finished the best year in their 20-year history. Because of tax reform, they are handing out raises, hiring an additional 14 people, and expanding into the building next door.

One of Staub’s employees, Corey Adams, is also with us tonight. Corey is an all-American worker. He supported himself through high school, lost his job during the 2008 recession, and was later hired by Staub, where he trained to become a welder. Like many hardworking Americans, Corey plans to invest his tax‑cut raise into his new home and his two daughters’ education. Please join me in congratulating Corey.

Since we passed tax cuts, roughly 3 million workers have already gotten tax cut bonuses — many of them thousands of dollars per worker. Apple has just announced it plans to invest a total of $350 billion in America, and hire another 20,000 workers.

This is our new American moment. There has never been a better time to start living the American Dream.

So to every citizen watching at home tonight — no matter where you have been, or where you come from, this is your time. If you work hard, if you believe in yourself, if you believe in America, then you can dream anything, you can be anything, and together, we can achieve anything.

Tonight, I want to talk about what kind of future we are going to have, and what kind of Nation we are going to be. All of us, together, as one team, one people, and one American family.

We all share the same home, the same heart, the same destiny, and the same great American flag.

Together, we are rediscovering the American way.

In America, we know that faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, are the center of the American life. Our motto is “in God we trust.”

And we celebrate our police, our military, and our amazing veterans as heroes who deserve our total and unwavering support.

Here tonight is Preston Sharp, a 12-year-old boy from Redding, California, who noticed that veterans’ graves were not marked with flags on Veterans Day. He decided to change that, and started a movement that has now placed 40,000 flags at the graves of our great heroes. Preston: a job well done.

Young patriots like Preston teach all of us about our civic duty as Americans. Preston’s reverence for those who have served our Nation reminds us why we salute our flag, why we put our hands on our hearts for the pledge of allegiance, and why we proudly stand for the national anthem.

Americans love their country. And they deserve a Government that shows them the same love and loyalty in return.

For the last year we have sought to restore the bonds of trust between our citizens and their Government.

Working with the Senate, we are appointing judges who will interpret the Constitution as written, including a great new Supreme Court Justice, and more circuit court judges than any new administration in the history of our country.

We are defending our Second Amendment, and have taken historic actions to protect religious liberty.

And we are serving our brave veterans, including giving our veterans choice in their healthcare decisions. Last year, the Congress passed, and I signed, the landmark VA Accountability Act. Since its passage, my Administration has already removed more than 1,500 VA employees who failed to give our veterans the care they deserve — and we are hiring talented people who love our vets as much as we do.

I will not stop until our veterans are properly taken care of, which has been my promise to them from the very beginning of this great journey.

All Americans deserve accountability and respect — and that is what we are giving them. So tonight, I call on the Congress to empower every Cabinet Secretary with the authority to reward good workers — and to remove Federal employees who undermine the public trust or fail the American people.

In our drive to make Washington accountable, we have eliminated more regulations in our first year than any administration in history.

We have ended the war on American Energy — and we have ended the war on clean coal. We are now an exporter of energy to the world.

In Detroit, I halted Government mandates that crippled America’s autoworkers — so we can get the Motor City revving its engines once again.

Many car companies are now building and expanding plants in the United States — something we have not seen for decades. Chrysler is moving a major plant from Mexico to Michigan; Toyota and Mazda are opening up a plant in Alabama. Soon, plants will be opening up all over the country. This is all news Americans are unaccustomed to hearing — for many years, companies and jobs were only leaving us. But now they are coming back.

Exciting progress is happening every day.

To speed access to breakthrough cures and affordable generic drugs, last year the FDA approved more new and generic drugs and medical devices than ever before in our history.

We also believe that patients with terminal conditions should have access to experimental treatments that could potentially save their lives.

People who are terminally ill should not have to go from country to country to seek a cure — I want to give them a chance right here at home. It is time for the Congress to give these wonderful Americans the “right to try.”

One of my greatest priorities is to reduce the price of prescription drugs. In many other countries, these drugs cost far less than what we pay in the United States. That is why I have directed my Administration to make fixing the injustice of high drug prices one of our top priorities. Prices will come down.

America has also finally turned the page on decades of unfair trade deals that sacrificed our prosperity and shipped away our companies, our jobs, and our Nation’s wealth.

The era of economic surrender is over.

From now on, we expect trading relationships to be fair and to be reciprocal.

We will work to fix bad trade deals and negotiate new ones.

And we will protect American workers and American intellectual property, through strong enforcement of our trade rules.

As we rebuild our industries, it is also time to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure.

America is a nation of builders. We built the Empire State Building in just 1 year — is it not a disgrace that it can now take 10 years just to get a permit approved for a simple road?

I am asking both parties to come together to give us the safe, fast, reliable, and modern infrastructure our economy needs and our people deserve.

Tonight, I am calling on the Congress to produce a bill that generates at least $1.5 trillion for the new infrastructure investment we need.

Every Federal dollar should be leveraged by partnering with State and local governments and, where appropriate, tapping into private sector investment — to permanently fix the infrastructure deficit.

Any bill must also streamline the permitting and approval process — getting it down to no more than two years, and perhaps even one.

Together, we can reclaim our building heritage. We will build gleaming new roads, bridges, highways, railways, and waterways across our land. And we will do it with American heart, American hands, and American grit.

We want every American to know the dignity of a hard day’s work. We want every child to be safe in their home at night. And we want every citizen to be proud of this land that we love.

We can lift our citizens from welfare to work, from dependence to independence, and from poverty to prosperity.

As tax cuts create new jobs, let us invest in workforce development and job training. Let us open great vocational schools so our future workers can learn a craft and realize their full potential. And let us support working families by supporting paid family leave.

As America regains its strength, this opportunity must be extended to all citizens. That is why this year we will embark on reforming our prisons to help former inmates who have served their time get a second chance.

Struggling communities, especially immigrant communities, will also be helped by immigration policies that focus on the best interests of American workers and American families.

For decades, open borders have allowed drugs and gangs to pour into our most vulnerable communities. They have allowed millions of low-wage workers to compete for jobs and wages against the poorest Americans. Most tragically, they have caused the loss of many innocent lives.

Here tonight are two fathers and two mothers: Evelyn Rodriguez, Freddy Cuevas, Elizabeth Alvarado, and Robert Mickens. Their two teenage daughters — Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens — were close friends on Long Island. But in September 2016, on the eve of Nisa’s 16th Birthday, neither of them came home.

These two precious girls were brutally murdered while walking together in their hometown. Six members of the savage gang MS-13 have been charged with Kayla and Nisa’s murders. Many of these gang members took advantage of glaring loopholes in our laws to enter the country as unaccompanied alien minors ‑- and wound up in Kayla and Nisa’s high school.

Evelyn, Elizabeth, Freddy, and Robert: Tonight, everyone in this chamber is praying for you. Everyone in America is grieving for you. And 320 million hearts are breaking for you. We cannot imagine the depth of your sorrow, but we can make sure that other families never have to endure this pain.

Tonight, I am calling on the Congress to finally close the deadly loopholes that have allowed MS-13, and other criminals, to break into our country. We have proposed new legislation that will fix our immigration laws, and support our ICE and Border Patrol Agents, so that this cannot ever happen again.

The United States is a compassionate nation. We are proud that we do more than any other country to help the needy, the struggling, and the underprivileged all over the world. But as President of the United States, my highest loyalty, my greatest compassion, and my constant concern is for America’s children, America’s struggling workers, and America’s forgotten communities. I want our youth to grow up to achieve great things. I want our poor to have their chance to rise.

So tonight, I am extending an open hand to work with members of both parties — Democrats and Republicans — to protect our citizens of every background, color, religion, and creed. My duty, and the sacred duty of every elected official in this chamber, is to defend Americans — to protect their safety, their families, their communities, and their right to the American Dream. Because Americans are dreamers too.

Here tonight is one leader in the effort to defend our country: Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Celestino Martinez — he goes by CJ. CJ served 15 years in the Air Force before becoming an ICE agent and spending the last 15 years fighting gang violence and getting dangerous criminals off our streets. At one point, MS-13 leaders ordered CJ’s murder. But he did not cave to threats or fear. Last May, he commanded an operation to track down gang members on Long Island. His team has arrested nearly 400, including more than 220 from MS-13.

CJ: Great work. Now let us get the Congress to send you some reinforcements.

Over the next few weeks, the House and Senate will be voting on an immigration reform package.

In recent months, my Administration has met extensively with both Democrats and Republicans to craft a bipartisan approach to immigration reform. Based on these discussions, we presented the Congress with a detailed proposal that should be supported by both parties as a fair compromise — one where nobody gets everything they want, but where our country gets the critical reforms it needs.

Here are the four pillars of our plan:

The first pillar of our framework generously offers a path to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal immigrants who were brought here by their parents at a young age — that covers almost three times more people than the previous administration. Under our plan, those who meet education and work requirements, and show good moral character, will be able to become full citizens of the United States.

The second pillar fully secures the border. That means building a wall on the Southern border, and it means hiring more heroes like CJ to keep our communities safe. Crucially, our plan closes the terrible loopholes exploited by criminals and terrorists to enter our country — and it finally ends the dangerous practice of “catch and release.”

The third pillar ends the visa lottery — a program that randomly hands out green cards without any regard for skill, merit, or the safety of our people. It is time to begin moving towards a merit-based immigration system — one that admits people who are skilled, who want to work, who will contribute to our society, and who will love and respect our country.

The fourth and final pillar protects the nuclear family by ending chain migration. Under the current broken system, a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives. Under our plan, we focus on the immediate family by limiting sponsorships to spouses and minor children. This vital reform is necessary, not just for our economy, but for our security, and our future.

In recent weeks, two terrorist attacks in New York were made possible by the visa lottery and chain migration. In the age of terrorism, these programs present risks we can no longer afford.

It is time to reform these outdated immigration rules, and finally bring our immigration system into the 21st century.

These four pillars represent a down-the-middle compromise, and one that will create a safe, modern, and lawful immigration system.

For over 30 years, Washington has tried and failed to solve this problem. This Congress can be the one that finally makes it happen.

Most importantly, these four pillars will produce legislation that fulfills my ironclad pledge to only sign a bill that puts America first. So let us come together, set politics aside, and finally get the job done.

These reforms will also support our response to the terrible crisis of opioid and drug addiction.

In 2016, we lost 64,000 Americans to drug overdoses: 174 deaths per day. Seven per hour. We must get much tougher on drug dealers and pushers if we are going to succeed in stopping this scourge.

My Administration is committed to fighting the drug epidemic and helping get treatment for those in need. The struggle will be long and difficult — but, as Americans always do, we will prevail.

As we have seen tonight, the most difficult challenges bring out the best in America.

We see a vivid expression of this truth in the story of the Holets family of New Mexico. Ryan Holets is 27 years old, and an officer with the Albuquerque Police Department. He is here tonight with his wife Rebecca. Last year, Ryan was on duty when he saw a pregnant, homeless woman preparing to inject heroin. When Ryan told her she was going to harm her unborn child, she began to weep. She told him she did not know where to turn, but badly wanted a safe home for her baby.

In that moment, Ryan said he felt God speak to him: “You will do it — because you can.” He took out a picture of his wife and their four kids. Then, he went home to tell his wife Rebecca. In an instant, she agreed to adopt. The Holets named their new daughter Hope.

Ryan and Rebecca: You embody the goodness of our Nation. Thank you, and congratulations.

As we rebuild America’s strength and confidence at home, we are also restoring our strength and standing abroad.

Around the world, we face rogue regimes, terrorist groups, and rivals like China and Russia that challenge our interests, our economy, and our values. In confronting these dangers, we know that weakness is the surest path to conflict, and unmatched power is the surest means of our defense.

For this reason, I am asking the Congress to end the dangerous defense sequester and fully fund our great military.

As part of our defense, we must modernize and rebuild our nuclear arsenal, hopefully never having to use it, but making it so strong and powerful that it will deter any acts of aggression. Perhaps someday in the future there will be a magical moment when the countries of the world will get together to eliminate their nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, we are not there yet.

Last year, I also pledged that we would work with our allies to extinguish ISIS from the face of the Earth. One year later, I am proud to report that the coalition to defeat ISIS has liberated almost 100 percent of the territory once held by these killers in Iraq and Syria. But there is much more work to be done. We will continue our fight until ISIS is defeated.

Army Staff Sergeant Justin Peck is here tonight. Near Raqqa last November, Justin and his comrade, Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy, were on a mission to clear buildings that ISIS had rigged with explosives so that civilians could return to the city.

Clearing the second floor of a vital hospital, Kenton Stacy was severely wounded by an explosion. Immediately, Justin bounded into the booby-trapped building and found Kenton in bad shape. He applied pressure to the wound and inserted a tube to reopen an airway. He then performed CPR for 20 straight minutes during the ground transport and maintained artificial respiration through 2 hours of emergency surgery.

Kenton Stacy would have died if not for Justin’s selfless love for a fellow warrior. Tonight, Kenton is recovering in Texas. Raqqa is liberated. And Justin is wearing his new Bronze Star, with a “V” for “Valor.” Staff Sergeant Peck: All of America salutes you.

Terrorists who do things like place bombs in civilian hospitals are evil. When possible, we annihilate them. When necessary, we must be able to detain and question them. But we must be clear: Terrorists are not merely criminals. They are unlawful enemy combatants. And when captured overseas, they should be treated like the terrorists they are.

In the past, we have foolishly released hundreds of dangerous terrorists, only to meet them again on the battlefield — including the ISIS leader, al-Baghdadi.

So today, I am keeping another promise. I just signed an order directing Secretary Mattis to reexamine our military detention policy and to keep open the detention facilities at Guantánamo Bay.

I am also asking the Congress to ensure that, in the fight against ISIS and al-Qa’ida, we continue to have all necessary power to detain terrorists — wherever we chase them down.

Our warriors in Afghanistan also have new rules of engagement. Along with their heroic Afghan partners, our military is no longer undermined by artificial timelines, and we no longer tell our enemies our plans.

Last month, I also took an action endorsed unanimously by the Senate just months before: I recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Shortly afterwards, dozens of countries voted in the United Nations General Assembly against America’s sovereign right to make this recognition. American taxpayers generously send those same countries billions of dollars in aid every year.

That is why, tonight, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to help ensure American foreign-assistance dollars always serve American interests, and only go to America’s friends.

As we strengthen friendships around the world, we are also restoring clarity about our adversaries.

When the people of Iran rose up against the crimes of their corrupt dictatorship, I did not stay silent. America stands with the people of Iran in their courageous struggle for freedom.

I am asking the Congress to address the fundamental flaws in the terrible Iran nuclear deal.

My Administration has also imposed tough sanctions on the communist and socialist dictatorships in Cuba and Venezuela.

But no regime has oppressed its own citizens more totally or brutally than the cruel dictatorship in North Korea.

North Korea’s reckless pursuit of nuclear missiles could very soon threaten our homeland.

We are waging a campaign of maximum pressure to prevent that from happening.

Past experience has taught us that complacency and concessions only invite aggression and provocation. I will not repeat the mistakes of past administrations that got us into this dangerous position.

We need only look at the depraved character of the North Korean regime to understand the nature of the nuclear threat it could pose to America and our allies.

Otto Warmbier was a hardworking student at the University of Virginia. On his way to study abroad in Asia, Otto joined a tour to North Korea. At its conclusion, this wonderful young man was arrested and charged with crimes against the state. After a shameful trial, the dictatorship sentenced Otto to 15 years of hard labor, before returning him to America last June — horribly injured and on the verge of death. He passed away just days after his return.

Otto’s Parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, are with us tonight — along with Otto’s brother and sister, Austin and Greta. You are powerful witnesses to a menace that threatens our world, and your strength inspires us all. Tonight, we pledge to honor Otto’s memory with American resolve.

Finally, we are joined by one more witness to the ominous nature of this regime. His name is Mr. Ji Seong-ho.

In 1996, Seong-ho was a starving boy in North Korea. One day, he tried to steal coal from a railroad car to barter for a few scraps of food. In the process, he passed out on the train tracks, exhausted from hunger. He woke up as a train ran over his limbs. He then endured multiple amputations without anything to dull the pain. His brother and sister gave what little food they had to help him recover and ate dirt themselves — permanently stunting their own growth. Later, he was tortured by North Korean authorities after returning from a brief visit to China. His tormentors wanted to know if he had met any Christians. He had — and he resolved to be free.

Seong-ho traveled thousands of miles on crutches across China and Southeast Asia to freedom. Most of his family followed. His father was caught trying to escape, and was tortured to death.

Today he lives in Seoul, where he rescues other defectors, and broadcasts into North Korea what the regime fears the most ‑- the truth.

Today he has a new leg, but Seong-ho, I understand you still keep those crutches as a reminder of how far you have come. Your great sacrifice is an inspiration to us all.

Seong-ho’s story is a testament to the yearning of every human soul to live in freedom.

It was that same yearning for freedom that nearly 250 years ago gave birth to a special place called America. It was a small cluster of colonies caught between a great ocean and a vast wilderness. But it was home to an incredible people with a revolutionary idea: that they could rule themselves. That they could chart their own destiny. And that, together, they could light up the world.

That is what our country has always been about. That is what Americans have always stood for, always strived for, and always done.

Atop the dome of this Capitol stands the Statue of Freedom. She stands tall and dignified among the monuments to our ancestors who fought and lived and died to protect her.

Monuments to Washington and Jefferson — to Lincoln and King.

Memorials to the heroes of Yorktown and Saratoga — to young Americans who shed their blood on the shores of Normandy, and the fields beyond. And others, who went down in the waters of the Pacific and the skies over Asia.

And freedom stands tall over one more monument: this one. This Capitol. This living monument to the American people.

A people whose heroes live not only in the past, but all around us — defending hope, pride, and the American way.

They work in every trade. They sacrifice to raise a family. They care for our children at home. They defend our flag abroad. They are strong moms and brave kids. They are firefighters, police officers, border agents, medics, and Marines.

But above all else, they are Americans. And this Capitol, this city, and this Nation, belong to them.

Our task is to respect them, to listen to them, to serve them, to protect them, and to always be worthy of them.

Americans fill the world with art and music. They push the bounds of science and discovery. And they forever remind us of what we should never forget: The people dreamed this country. The people built this country. And it is the people who are making America great again.

As long as we are proud of who we are, and what we are fighting for, there is nothing we cannot achieve.

As long as we have confidence in our values, faith in our citizens, and trust in our God, we will not fail.

Our families will thrive.

Our people will prosper.

And our Nation will forever be safe and strong and proud and mighty and free.

Thank you, and God bless America.

THE WHITE HOUSE,

January 30, 2018.

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597 Responses to Transcript – President Trump State of The Union Speech…

  1. thinkwell says:

    Forget chain migration. I want to hear about chain DEPORTATION! (Trump did say that he wanted to keep families together.)

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    • C R Lord says:

      The enemies just couldn’t wait to smear the President this morning with a little old news (Prostitute) and continuing attacks on Melania and of course as many imagined faults as they could muster on the President’s great speech.

      The picture madelinesminion posted says it all! They stood when they should have gone into hiding and sat like petulant little children when the good stuff was presented.

      The only exception to their rebellion was when they were forced to stand for issues that would have have insulted citizens and killed any chance for them in the mid terms they think exists. They stood up slowly for those, but I could tell they would rather be sitting.

      If there was ever a representation of the phrase “man child” it would be the democrats exhibition with the world watching. Praise God that three or four stood up from the group of democrats and even spoke to the others to try to get them to stand up on different parts of the speech.

      Now that I got that off my chest I need to remember the words of the Apostle Paul who said; “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers and spiritual wickedness in high places.” Our battle is not with the democrats according to the scripture but the demonic forces behind them. The principalities and powers and spiritual wickedness in high places in the demonic realm.

      We are still commanded by Jesus to love our enemies including those who oppose us and themselves by extension. When Jesus was hanging on the cross he said something very startling; “Father forgive them FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO.” As a Christian I am reminded of my wicked days and how ignorant I was before God had mercy on me. I truly did not know what I was doing in the very best sense of knowing. I was spiritually blind and thought I was really a cool dude enjoying life.

      Those who have fallen for the lies of liberalism, socialism and globalism are bound in sin and need to be set free. I am praying for all of them that if they haven’t moved beyond the love and mercy of God he would spare them in spite of what they have done and are doing. I say that because the Bible states that “God will not always strive with men.” I believe there is a cut off point where we shut God out completely and it’s over. Eternity is unending existence and without salvation it is horrific. I can’t say I love my fellow man and wish eternal damnation on them. I encourage Christians to join me in that prayer.

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      • C R Lord says:

        My closing line above should have read. “I encourage Christians to join me in praying for these men and women who are unable to see with clarity the end of their wicked labors.

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        • Neural says:

          Fortunately, the act of choosing to not pray for your enemies is a sin, and Jesus died to forgive *all* sins. Because I will go to my grave dreaming of seeing them torn atom from atom on judgement day and thrown into the lake of fire which they have gleefully and willingly *chosen*.

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          • C R Lord says:

            Neural – God is able to save from the guttermost to the uttermost. Think of what he did with the Apostle Paul mentioned in my post. He had Christians removed from their homes, imprisoned and executed as a mad Pharisee thinking he was doing what was right in his “religious mind.”

            Jesus knocked him off his horse on the road to Damascus and totally rejuvenated his life and his thinking to the core of his being. He then became a hated unrelenting man of God with uncompromising purpose and established bodies of believers across the world he lived in. He was finally executed for his faith.

            The only people who are beyond the reach of God are those who are “reprobate” as the scripture says. I believe reprobate means incapable of discerning between good and evil. The best example of that I know of was the French philosopher Voltaire. He was adamant in his renunciation of Christianity up until his last moments of life. The nurse who attended him as he was dying said that he screamed out; “Oh God, Oh God, I am lost and without hope and without Christ.” In spite of that knowledge he could not repent and died in such a way that the nurse said she would not want to attend anyone who died as he did ever again. God gives great mercy to some very wicked people. The Bible says that “mercy rejoices against judgment.” We are not greater than God and should follow his example.

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  2. kinthenorthwest says:

    I have found that MEMEs say more than a ton of words can.

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  3. South Col says:

    Mitch didn’t like “the biggest tax reductions and reforms in American history”.
    Taxing Americans to support the crony corporates and deliberate mendicants is classic UniParty.

    And lots of Black lawmakers didn’t think lowest rates of Black unemployment ever was anything to cheer about…… dependent Blacks are always Democrat voters, so whom could blame the stoney faced “lawmakers”?

    :-))

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    • Trumpmendous says:

      I saw a familiar phrase the other day on REDDIT with a new ending. It went like this.

      Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day.

      Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.

      Promise a man an endless supply of someone else’s fish and you create a Democrat.

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    • filia.aurea says:

      The uniparty are all shameless beggars, to them, Congressional salaries are mere crumbs…they only consider “serving” the people for those crumbs at election time.

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  4. South Col says:

    who

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  5. 21leelee says:

    What a great speech. So many topics were covered that affect our nation. I loved all the American stories included. The applause was spontaneous and heartfelt. At some point, the Dems must have felt they were in a Trump rally with all the good vibes and resolve to do more!

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  6. South Col says:

    And I fully understand the shocked silence from the Democrats when PDJT rammed home the fact that the US lives by family and god not by bureaucrats.

    Some of those “progressive” Democrats are gonna need counselling to cope, or at least a safe space.

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    • MaineCoon says:

      At some point some of them must have felt that they are out of step, out of tune with a movement in America that is all around them to see.

      Who can be against Americans Making American Great Again except someone who has hate in their heart for America, for Americans and for a President leading the way.

      They are out of step, out of tune and soon to be out of office. We have no need for them. They do not serve us. They serve their own self internest; their own financial interest and lobbyists’ financial interest.

      Praise God for President Trump, who gives God the glory and puts his trust in God.

      Thank you President Trump, FLOTUS Melania, the Trump family, Trump Cabinet and Trump administration for leading and fighting for me and all Americans. God bless and protect you and your loved ones.

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      • beach lover says:

        I don’t know. I watched the fantastic speech, and then most of the news coverage afterward. First inkling was good ole Juan Williams. He was down on it, and said it was a divisive speech. Now, I doubt he would have given it high marks no matter what Trump said, but all the negativity on the part of the Dems, and the MSM proves to me, they huddle back with their “tribe” and console themselves that by standing together AGAINST anything Trump is the only way for them to win back their power. It is sickening to witness how human beings can be so deluded with reality.

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        • jmclever says:

          In all fairness, the speech did illuminate the hearts of his listeners In that room, and there was a clear line of demarcation. Therefore, a divisive speech. 😂😂😂

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        • PoCoNoMo says:

          It’s what you’d expect, since Juan’s role as Democrat defender/apologist is how he earns his bread and butter, (and plenty of it! ).

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  7. DoggyDaddy says:

    President Trump used the first person singular pronoun less than 30 times in his speech — less than half the number of times Obama used “I” in his speeches.

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  8. Pam says:

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    • Conservative_302 says:

      Scalia’s is a true America hero. He took a bullet for us. It is unimaginable to think the left thought he deserves it for being a republican. You can’t get any lower than this. They are absolutely despicable.

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      • filia.aurea says:

        Not unimaginable, Scalise, thankfully, is still alive. Assoc Justice Scalia is not – no autopsy. Hussein needed that 4-4 SCOTUS decision.

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        • beach lover says:

          Which we need to be reminded that McConnell stood firm, thank God. He had no way of knowing Trump would win, and the fact that he did may have saved our democracy in more profound ways than we could have imagined.

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    • ILOVEPRESIDENTTRUMP says:

      Scalise supports Trump. Notice what the Left tried to do to him, a Congressman.

      They want that for us.

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      • jmclever says:

        Tried to do it to a large number of Rs at that ball practice. But, like everything else they do to undermine our Republic, they are generally incompetent and our people are tougher!

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        • Sharon says:

          “…they are generally incompetent”

          If that were true, our nation would not be in the mess it has been for decades.

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          • jmclever says:

            Everything dems touch crumbles. Take a look at every Democrat led city. They are not even good at lying. Its just that now the internet no longer allows them to control the flow of information.
            Their sense of entitlement makes them think that they do not have to work at anything to have an accomplishment, the everyone gets a trophy mindset. Hence the poor marksmanship of Scalise’s shooter (for which I am grateful).

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          • cjzak says:

            They are visciously, hatefully incompetent. That’s why the nation was in a mess that Pres. Trump is trying to correct.

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            • Sharon says:

              I grant your point and agree that they are viciously, hatefully incompetent at most everything they touch (see jmclever’s comment as well…) in matters of governance and management of all kinds.

              Unfortunately, when they have a political priority (like being elected again and again, like finding a listening audience willing to be deceived) they are devastatingly efficient and “competent”.

              When they have a personal and political goal, they get it done, against all odds. Again and again. They are efficient like the government in Venezuela is efficient at staying in power and doing what they want to do. Even vile, wicked people are actually effective in their sphere. If they were not, there would not be so many of them in places of authority, causing so much damage.

              This capacity goes back over a hundred years.

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        • Carolina Kat says:

          God sent his angels that day. It could have been so much worse.

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    • C R Lord says:

      I am certain that Rep Steve Scalise is more keenly aware of what it means to die for your country. It’s one thing to talk about it and quite another to have to deal with it for real. It’s great that he didn’t die. God still has plans for his life that include his family and more.

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  9. konradwp1 says:

    I took the time to listen for the whole 1 hour, 22 minutes and 16 seconds.

    A powerful address, a brilliant address.

    My only complaint? Too much clapping. Stop with the clapping! I want to hear the 45th President of the United States of America speak without interruption!!

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    • fuzzi says:

      Agreed, konradwp1. I wish they would have limited their clapping, but I guess they’re so unused to WINNING, they couldn’t help themselves! 😀

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    • At least we could see who was clapping and who was pouting. We got many chances to see who the bad guys/gals were and come up with a plan for them. They either need to get bombarded with complaints to force them to start help us MAGA or resign/quit or get fired so we can get better representation of the will of the people, not the will of the ones elected. We pay them to respect us and do our will and follow the laws of the constitution.

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    • MaryLS says:

      I liked the clapping — in fact, I found myself clapping at home in front of the TV — goofy, but it felt good. I think other’s clapping were glad of the opportunity to express their approval of what the Pres was saying.

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      • PoCoNoMo says:

        Also, the Dems sitting with lemon-sucking faces while the Reps stood and clapped, made for a nice contrast/

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        • M_from_Texas says:

          Also made some great fodder for campaign ads. The optics of all those Dems sitting on their hands, instead of cheering on American prosperity (for blacks, latinos, women, middle class, ALL Americans) is pretty telling.

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  10. wodiej says:

    I have never watched a SOTU speech before. This brought tears to my eyes and few speeches make me do that. The heartwarming stories like the one about Preston are what resonates with Americans. We want to hear about the great firefighters and Army medics who save lives while risking their own. We want to hear about the successes of Americans like Cory Adams who had a childhood with limited options but turned that around as an advantage. We want to hear about American companies providing good paying jobs for American people.

    The Democrats sat on their butts and rarely clapped throughout this inspiring speech for one reason-because they support illegal aliens crossing our border, breaking our laws, harming innocent people, and having no respect for this country. For that, I am glad because not only do conservatives know it, now the whole world knows it. The Democrats do not want accountability, independence, or self-sufficient informed people. They want to enslave them as they always have throughout History. Like Plantation owners, Democrat voters to them are only good for one thing-helping line their pockets without working for it.

    God Bless President Trump, First Lady Melania and the USA.

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    • Swrichmond says:

      I have always personally found the vignettes to be tiring and contrived, to the point where they make me want to turn the channel. The one notable exception this time was the one about the small business employer which Trump noted were hiring more people, and then they included a vignette about one of their employees, a man who had lost his job in the 08 meltdown and had not given up but instead had retrained himself and found a new good-paying job as a welder.

      People who are making it happen, people who want the “dream” and are willing to work for it, showing that it is possible and a positive for them and for the nation, not merely using their vote-thing to leech a lifestyle from others at the muzzle of a government rifle.

      Communism sucks.

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      • cjzak says:

        I usually agree with that. Too contrived and fake praise given most times for the people they bring in.

        But this time, the stories were an integral part of illustrating exactly what Pres. Trump was telling us. He wove them in beautifully. So much so, that I couldn’t wait to hear and see the next story. I knew they were going to be there but didn’t fully realize what their story was until Pres. Trump began to tell them in such a truly mesmerizing way. He used these wonderful stories at the beginning of each change of point he was making. Maybe it was that he and his team know entertainment and how to tell a story that people will like, be drawn into, be appreciative and emotionally attached to, that isn’t fake in the telling or presenting. I was hanging on every shift of subject to see how it would be brought home. Every one was done respectfully and masterfully and grabbed right at my heart.

        Maybe others didn’t see all that or feel it, but that’s the message I felt and heard. I couldn’t believe when it ended because darn it, I wanted more. I felt so uplifted by the end and I didn’t want it to stop. Such a great commentary on America and most importantly, Americans from someone who loves both.

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  11. Jaymi says:

    Magnificent move by our POTUS – expertly removed DACA from the hands of Schumer & co. and made it a solidly conservative gift / OPPORTUNITY. The best relationships start with personal accountability and always meet with compromise. MAGA TRUMP AMEN!

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    • Publius2016 says:

      More than generous…three times the present number over 12 years…shows that the Globalist Plan is really full open unfiltered Immigration with continued violence and fraud…Dems can’t win otherwise.

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      • filia.aurea says:

        It’s not going to work, even if the dimwits reach a consensus. When these DACA nightmares are vetted, the majority of them will not pass muster. The laws are already on the books (don’t know how current) https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/8

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        • The Boss says:

          Meanwhile, during the proposed 12-year DACA path, what do you think will happen? We will allow qualified, educated and skilled America-loving immigrants into this country in sufficient numbers to overcome the remaining unskilled, illegal alien/democrat voters who haven’t been rounded up and shipped out. Brilliant!!! And the democrat apparatchiks know this.

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    • unconqueredone (American Dreamer) says:

      Mass deportation will never happen. Ever. The best approach is going to be something along the lines of what Trump proposed. A small percentage will criticize “DACA Don” for taking action, but IF he secures the border and eliminates chain migration along with the lottery, he will not lose me or most others. The current status of immigration cannot be allowed to continue, so something must be done.This at least allows some kind of filter.

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      • ej says:

        This is correct. Violent criminals and maybe drug traffickers will be deported but that is it. America doesn’t have the stomach to remove the illegals. It would be a blunder for the GOP to push mass deportation.

        With that said, the Dems are not going to agree. By doing so, they are essentially giving up the issue and they are short on issues. They really need the issue to continue to drive a wedge and campaign on. Once the issue is resolved, they got nothing.

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      • fuzzi says:

        unconqueredone, maybe mass deportation will never happen, but if I were a betting person, I’d put forth that SELF deportation will take place once we remove the freebees.

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        • unconqueredone (American Dreamer) says:

          For some self deportation will occur, to be sure. However, people from all over the world pay huge amounts just to get a visa from their own government and have the opportunity to apply to come here. Look at the criteria to get a green card. It’s not easy, and anyone here illegally who is willing to work would be beyond stupid to leave unless they absolutely have to.

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          • Alligator Gar says:

            For my American with Dreams son, I’ll volunteer to put a bayonet in the illegal aliens’ backs and FORCE them to leave. They are NOT Americans and they do not want to be. They tell me to my face that they are superior. I watch them give me the middle finger while grabbing their crotch, chanting that they will take over MY country because we pay them to over breed. They are only here for a Big Mac and some free money at our expense. They don’t care about our values, only our opportunities.

            I pray DACA is dead and deportations, whether ICE or self inflicted, snowball.

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            • unconqueredone (American Dreamer) says:

              1) “American Dreamer” is a reference of admiration for Trump’s turn of the phrase in the SOTU. I’m not your son.
              2) I abhor illegal immigration as much as anyone. Secure the border. Expel those who commit crimes beside being here.
              3) My point isn’t whether anyone ought to be allowed to stay but rather that there is no realistic possibility of removing so many except through self deportation. Anyone here who leaves voluntarily is crazy, so they will not self deport because the are not crazy.
              4) Your bayonet scenario will never occur. There is no political will to do so, and not enough public support for it to ever happen.

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      • PoCoNoMo says:

        I agree with you, and the responses to your post. The only thing I would add, is that it be made clear that all the ‘Dreamers’ in question won’t be handed anything, before being thoroughly vetted.

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        • Jaymi says:

          Absolutely right. Trump is extending DACA as a gift of OPPORTUNITY not entitlement!
          I just couldn’t be more proud or thankful for his leadership. It’s been a long time coming….

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  12. Conservative_302 says:

    Trump is my president. 100%. MAGA!

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  13. jbrickley says:

    I’m worried for those Democrat Congress members. They could get a blood clot from sitting so much! At least they almost all stood for the Bronze Star recipient.

    WINNING!!!

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  14. ivanthenuc says:

    A few thoughts.

    First, President Trump is giving us a lesson in real leadership that we would not be able to get no matter how much we paid to attend whatever institution of higher learning that you can think of – there just are so few who truly understand and embody real leadership. Look at what he is accomplishing using the same sad GOP that has failed us repeatedly for the last 30 years. Real leaders use the tools they are given and make the sum of the parts so much greater than you think possible.

    Second, the democrats simply don’t know how to handle this as it is the first time in many years that they have had a real adversary. It has been over 10 years since they had to listen to a SOTU that didn’t support exactly what they want or wasn’t given by a spineless, useless wimp. Many of them have never had to experience this before and I believe that they are shell-shocked.

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  15. Faye says:

    If the Congress was a business and the Democrats were staff, wouldn’t they all get the sack?

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  16. IMO says:

    Incredible sotu speech given by President Trump celebrating America and everyday Americans past and present. My family and I were applauding through out the speech.

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  17. Coast says:

    Here’s my take…when will we learn that “working with democrats” doesn’t work? How much back-stabbing and outright lying do we need from the other party? And when did The People elect President Trump to work with democrats? Yeah, it’s nice to reach out, but the democrats have proved themselves to be totally unreasonable and untrustworthy, and most of all destructive to America. I want nothing to do with them and the best possible outcome in working with them will be unreasonable and destructive compromise. We don’t need them, and if President Trump actually provided a real truthful “state” of the union address, it might give more people more reason to think twice about voting for democrats.

    Second, President Trump didn’t run on giving 2M illegals amnesty. In fact, he ran on a clearly “they must go home” platform. I’m grossly disappointed in any amnesty or path to citizenship talk, and I would encourage everyone to get involved in NumbersUSA and help prevent this. How many more times does this country need to grant amnesty to Hispanics that invaded the USA? Really, when will enough be enough? Haven’t we already lost enough states this this liberal madness. When will any politician live up to our Constitution which clearly states that the Fed will prevent INVASION?

    Flame away, but I’ve had enough of people saying one thing then changing their tone after getting elected.

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    • Eric C. says:

      Oprah’s running in 2020. You should probably donate to her campaign, she won’t “change” her mind, but she probably won’t get elected so you won’t have to be disappointed later.

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    • mostlyogauge says:

      Not flaming, suggesting and commenting.

      Have you read any of Trump’s books? I have read them all. In order. They provide an excellent understanding of the man, what he believes, how he thinks, and how he gets things done. President Trump has been saying the same things, doing the same things, and operating in the same way his entire business life. I do not think or believe he is going to change just because he became President of the United States.

      President Trump is a compassionate and empathetic man. He knows the DACA situation is going to be a tough nut to crack. The Obozo DHS made up something and then implemented it. The old pen and phone trick. Will everyone be happy with what is finally done to resolve the situation? No. However, President Trump knows that something must be done. Will the Democrats agree to what he has proposed? I really don’t think so. Or, if they do, it will not be before the March deadline President Trump announced almost 6 months ago. By then, it will be too late.

      I’m thinking and hoping the DACA problem will solve itself: the deadline will pass with the Democrats not agreeing to anything, the people that could have participated in DACA will be deported, the wall will get built, chain migration will be stopped, and any kind of amnesty will not be any part of any bill passed by Congress and then signed by President Trump. Is it sad that many people that only know the USA as where they live will be deported? Yes, that will be sad. Will some people think that some peoples lives are being played with? Yes, some people will think that. But, what about all of the forgotten USA CITIZENS of this country that have been, well, forgotten for the past 28 years, post-Reagan? Now THAT is sad.

      Do some people have to live with the stupid decisions their parents or guardians made? Yes. Welcome to the real world.

      I have the faith and trust in President Trump that he will do the right thing for US Citizens. Sometimes I feel like I’m hanging on by my fingernails some days, but I keep the faith. I keep the trust. We all have to keep that faith and believe. A perfect solution is the enemy of a good or optimal solution. I believe that President Trump goes for optimal. In a post I read here on CTH earlier this morning, a Treeper mentioned that a real leader works with what he has. President Trump has been doing just that. Optimal, not perfect.

      Sorry for ranting and rambling but had to get it out.

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    • Alex F says:

      I understand your concern. I believe what POTUS is doing is exposing the democrats for using DACA recipients as a means to get amnesty for all illegal aliens. The democrats won’t go for the other conditions of the plan, therefore the plan will die. All while exposing the democrats as not caring about Americans at all and only fighting for illegals.

      Some of Pres. Trumps maneuvers have been difficult to understand as it seems that he is backing away from his promises…but in the end he pulls it off.

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    • Actually, while running he never said he would deport the DACA people. In fact, he expressed compassion for their plight. So, no, he is not going back on his word on that. I do feel bad for the Angel moms and dads, who were not represented last night and probably because they are unhappy, but, well, don’t know what to say. The DACA are never going to go to Mexico. But, how about their parents?

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    • scdd1919 says:

      Most of the time you’re goign to need 9-12 of them to get to 60 votes thanks to Senator McConnell (U-KY).

      Both parties need to purge themselves of Uniparty globalist hacks and send some pro-America people to Congress.

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    • Just Beachy says:

      My thought was similar on amnesty. But I have come to see the brilliance in it. They (meaning the dreamers) are going to stay anyway if we deal w/the dems. The point is to stop the flow. Trump has cut to the chase to expose the dems as not really caring about DACA after all. It is so clear that they are only interested in saying no to whatever is suggested. If they argue its daylight and Trump agrees, they will then decide its night.
      Hopefully soon, the dreamers will turn on the dems because they have a path to citizenship and the dems are squandering it.

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      • cjzak says:

        I just hope that the chain migration part doesn’t take 12 years to implement fully. I can live with a path to citizenship done this way because they won’t be stepping all over people waiting in line now for legal citizenship the right way. I always knew they would never deport those who have been in the DACA program and candidate Trump did show some signs of being concerned about the DACA people, but I had hoped they wouldn’t include any other dreamer types. I wanted e-verify emphasized too, but did not see it mentioned. Yet anyway.

        We shall see what happens and the devil’s in the detail, but I do agree that the Dems will find this immigration plan very bitter to bite into and will most likely not vote for it. I trust the Pres. to do what needs to be done the best way for America.

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    • PoCoNoMo says:

      ….mmm, I think it was 1.8M, not 2M. I do agree with you on principle, but I think in this case, President Trump is making a necessary compromise. As PDJT said last night, a compromise where “nobody gets everything they want, but where our country gets the critical reforms it needs and must have.” And as Joshua said, “do not confuse planning with implementation.”
      I mean, you can’t ship them off in cattle cars, although the Democrats would LOVE that. And I think people will settle down IF:
      – If we can see that each ‘Dreamer’ is well vetted, and if one is found unacceptable, and deported, it be made known, the reasons why. One thing Republicans don’t need, is for ongoing stories of criminal ‘Dreamers’ who made it in.
      – If stopping the chain migration aspect is implemented.
      – If that stupid ‘diversity lottery’ is stopped – fast.
      – I would like to see a provision where, once having been vetted and making it in, that if they commit a felony there after, the deal is off.
      – Immigration reform involve the merit system, with points for skills, knowledge of English, etc.
      The thing is that PJDT was elected to put us first, and he will, but he is nothing like the Hitler-esque fascist the Democrats continually proclaim him to be.

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  18. Love of country is what I heard from President Trump. I do love me some United States of America!

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  19. Blacksmith8 says:

    “Americans are dreamers too”
    And with that ladies and gentlemen, PDJT just won his reelection. 2020 will set standard above and beyond 1984. He might just win California too.

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  20. duchess01 says:

    Thank You, Sundance! The hearing impaired greatly appreciate this post – God Bless You!

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  21. ej says:

    If I am ever lucky enough to run into the President, I hope the Secret Service allows me to give him a hug. He deserves one from every American.

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  22. Blessedtobetexan says:

    Hail to the Chief!

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  23. wodiej says:

    I’m not a violent person but I feel like smacking the sh*t out of Nancy Pelosi.

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  24. joshua says:

    Joe Kennedy III: Chapstickaquiddick

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  25. Just Beachy says:

    I have not read every post, so forgive me if this is repetitious. I have never watched a SOTU address with tears in my eyes before. Our President was amazing.Just wondering if anyone else picked up on the statements 30 seconds in. He was talking about his speech a year ago and said, ” That night, our new administration had already taken swift action..” Is it wishful thinking that he was sending a message? What about a few sentences later when he referred to seeing things they could never have imagined.

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  26. duchess01 says:

    For the first time in my life, I am proud of Our President and First Lady!

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  27. labrat says:

    Without a doubt this is the best review of last night’s speech I’ve read today.

    https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/269181/trump-divides-americans-and-un-americans-daniel-greenfield

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  28. jefcool64 says:

    Dare I say it? Statesman like, a word that sometimes has negative connations but only because we are really lacking in that department right now and forgotten just how important we need leaders in congress.

    There was almost nothing political about the message. It was upbeat and positive about American values. Some may call it generic but I call it effective. It’s hard to find fault in something which could have easily been spoken by any other president. Well, if the economy was working as well as it is now 🙂

    And that’s what frustrates the establishment and their media allies the most. There was nothing really divisive about the speech. It was just a wrap up about last years successes. In essence, a State of the Union.

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    • Eric C. says:

      I would only disagree about the not political part if your an extreme left-wing communist/socialist type. Being or saying American is political posturing in their opinion!

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  29. kallibella says:

    I have never heard an address like last night’s. President Trump was in control last night. He was the Boss. The Visionary. The Kind and Compassionate Leader who reminded us what America is.

    As a PROUD naturalized American citizen, I say “There is no place like the USA!”

    This is truly the land of the free and of the brave. The idea of America is born out of an ideal our Founding Fathers nurtured in their hearts. Never in the history of man has there been a dream of this magnitude, such that it sounded unreachable, undoable. But here We the People are the blessed recipients of a dream come true.

    We had forgotten our potential, our guiding principles, we had been beaten into believing that our blessings are sins against the rest of the world, and as such that we’d better become like the rest: the fallen, the hopeless, the ruined the lost.

    Last night, I cheered, cried tears of joy and gratitude. I grieved with those parents who have lost their dear and beloved children at the hands of pure evil. I laughed a freedom-loving laugh when I heard the chant of USA! Last night, I stood up when Our President entered the chamber. Saluted our brave soldiers. Honored our great achievers and applauded the 12-year- old whose heart bleeds red, white and blue. And who will forget that freedom is the universal yearning of the human soul at the sight of the South Korean shaking his crutches at the evil he overcame??!!

    I was reminded how great we are, how great our Founding is, how great a people we have been and can be. I was reminded of that dream, that peculiar dream of becoming better, or striving for better, of working for better. All these are ideals based on our common belief that all men are created by our Creator to be equal and we have been bestowed with freedom to set an example, to show the way of freedom and personal responsibility.

    The potential is yet untapped! We ARE making America great again when we look to Our Creator in reverent fear and respect and gain wisdom form above.

    Thank you Lord, for allowing us an opportunity to see Your way is best. Help us to keep America and her ideals safe, and help us to endeavor to live worthy of such a blessing that can only come from Your hand. In Your mercy and kindness, enable US to cede to Our posterity the blessed dream We have thus far enjoyed that bespeaks of Your greatness and grace.

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  30. TreeClimber says:

    Sat here reading this while nursing my not-quite-four-week-old son and thinking he couldn’t have been born at a better time. When he asks me, in ten years, “Momma, who was president when I was born, and what was it like?” I will tell him, “It was the greatest President in the history of the US, Donald Trump. The American Dream had never been so attainable, two weeks after you were born your father and I went and bought a car, while saving for a house. Taxes had just been slashed, your father had recently gotten a new job, and for the first time in my life I had hope for a brighter future than my life had always been.”

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  31. Gov Jay says:

    Our great President Trump brought Americans to the SOTU… while the commie democrats brought Mexicans… let that sink in for a moment…

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  32. Mr. Morris says:

    President Trump delivered such a beautiful State of the Union speech. Our family was thrilled as our President spoke of God, Country, and we, the American people. The Americans highlighted by President Trump came from many different communities, and many walks of life. Some stories were tragic, some stories were uplifting, but through these Americans we felt an unbreakable bond. We are Americans and we will stick together, we will continue to dream, defend our country, work and build a better America for all of us.
    President Trump delivered a positive, strong message. We felt his speech was a message of love.

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  33. Bonitabaycane says:

    Trump and Miller have surpassed Lennon and McCartney as lyricist partners. Trump and Miller are producing unrivaled American music….to my ears. 🙂

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  34. Elder Son says:

    Every time someone postulates about Trump and his 20,000D Leagues Under The Sea Chess on illegals, Trump takes a step back… then someone postulates it is just more 20,000D Leagues Under The Sea Chess. As if, every step back Trump takes on illegals, he is removing wiggle room from the pro-illegal crowd. When SUDDENLY, someone thinks Trump will say, “I can’t work with you guys! Every step back I take is not enough for you! Fine! Everyone leaves then! Neener-Neener!”

    What you are really doing, is: Oh please oh please let it just be 20,000D chess! Please!

    It’s okay. You can all be Dreamers too.

    You are going to watch this DACA/illegal drama for Trumps entire presidency.

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  35. Bert Darrell says:

    When it’s made easy for foreigners to come in illegally, without consequences, and abuse the system for their own benefit and that of their even-distant relatives, it’s unrealistic for the invaders to have any sense of patriotism. They feel entitled and expect us, taxpayers, to serve them unconditionally. They even come out and manifest against us, on our soil, but under a foreign flag.

    Soon, the system that used to work for all, except criminals, reverts to one in which only the criminals can enjoy it. Those who choose to ignore this situation are traitors and hate America.

    Yesterday, the images of those traitors, displayed on TV for all to see, as PDJT was listing his incredible accomplishments and extended his hands in friendship, offering to work together for the good of the country, not for themselves and their donors, were extraordinarily revealing.

    The entire dem leadership (what a misnomer!) was naked on TV last night, and we all saw it.
    Pelosi was swallowing cold sand stones and Schumer was ingesting flames.

    Small men, like senator Marco Rubio, who is in no leadership position, descended to a very low and miserable level, perhaps to secretly join US Rep Luis Gutierrez (IL), who once openly stated in California that he had been elected in Illinois specifically to defend and protect illegal immigrants.
    May both of them receive what they justly deserve and rot in he!!. Who needs corrupt officials like them?

    The black caucus brought abject disrepute to their constituents by making it obvious that, for them, skin color is just a tool to exploit others sharing the phenotype.

    It took PDJT only a mere 60 minutes to put the traitors in evidence. Anyone who saw the spectacle yesterday and still votes D in the next elections deserves pity, for they do not know what they are doing.

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    • Alligator Gar says:

      ^^^This. The Demonrat party is the party of the crotch-grabbing, middle finger wagging illegal aliens who drape themselves in foreign flags and boldly tell Americans that we can’t deport them.

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  36. MaFreeman says:

    “Nancy Pelosi scolds a Democrat who dares to stand up during the #SOTU address This is the face of the Democratic Party!”

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    • phoenixRising says:

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      • phoenixRising says:

        You know that big house you have Nancy? Created with money from all the ill-gotten graft you and your hubby took from Americans? You’re gonna lose it… gonna need money for all those lawyers you’ll both need to keep your butts out of prison.

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  37. MfM says:

    Someone asked on a thread today if was video of Gutierrez walking out. I couldn’t find it, but her are a few stills at the Daily Mail.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5333355/Democrat-Luis-Gutierrez-walks-State-Union.html

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