By: Chris Guzman
On January 30th President Donald J. Trump delivered his State of the Union address to Congress. It followed Congressional decision to shut down then reopen the Government, a controversial decision. Several Democrats in an act of protest have chosen to not attend The State of the Union. Among those protesting is: (Rep-D) Maxine Waters of California, (Rep-D) John Lewis of Georgia, and (Rep-D) Earl Blumenauer of Oregon.
In another act of protest Democrat Debbie Dingell is bringing the wife of Jorge Garcia. Jorge an undocumented immigrant who made headlines after being above the age restriction for Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). It allows children who were brought into the United States to have their deportation deferred (for two years, via a work visa) and are given a path to possible citizenship. DACA was rescinded by the Trump administration in September, but Congress delayed the process by six months.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg abstained from President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address. It’s not unheard of for Supreme Justices to not attend The State of the Union; Antonin Scalia did not attend a State of the Union for twenty years before his passing. Also, Judges Clarence Thomas and John Roberts have not attended for a long period of time. However, in Ginsburg’s case she has attended every single one of Obama’s State of the Union addresses. And has clashed words with President Trump in the past.
A small, but significant protest had some Congressional Democrats wearing black as part of the #MeToo movement as was done at the 2018 Golden Globe awards.
Trump brought the parents of Otto Warmbier who was a college student accused of stealing a propaganda poster from a hotel in North Korea. Warmbier was tried and sentenced to 15 years of labor and was only released after he was severely injured. Another guest was Ji Seongho, a North Korean defector who’s harrowing story of escape from the regime captivated the floor.
Trump’s approval rating for the State of the Union was slightly below average, however 75 percent of those who watched gave a positive reaction. The ones who watched the State of the Union were mostly Republicans, with Democrats making 25 percent of the overall viewership, and Independents making 33 percent of the viewership. With nearly 46 Million Americans watching his 1st State of the union address, President Trump couldn’t be happier.