In a staid #SOTU2019, Trump touts unity yet makes unyielding demands

Amid palpable partisan rancor, the president urged an end to the ‘politics of revenge, resistance and retribution.’ Optics in the House chamber grabbed the lion’s share of online buzz, however.

Whether you found his oratory soaring or boring, President Donald Trump stuck (mostly) to the teleprompter on Tuesday night.

His 82-minute State of the Union address covered a multitude of hot-potato topics, ranging from health care costs to Venezuela to anti-Semitism. Multiple outlets reported that Trump’s address was well received by viewers.

The speech, however, underscored the “apparently unbridgeable ideological divides that hold Washington hostage and stifle a latent yearning for national unity,” as CNN wrote.

Afterward, Stacey Abrams of Georgia offered the Democratic response—the first time an African-American woman has been chosen to do so.

To read the full story, log in.
Become a Ragan Insider member to read this article and all other archived content.
Sign up today

Already a member? Log in here.
Learn more about Ragan Insider.