The DC: 'Socialism destroys nations' and other key quotes from the SOTU, and... ⚖️ Should the Senate convict or acquit Trump today?
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President Donald Trump was equally defiant and theatrical in his third State of the Union address.
Trump delivered his remarks on the eve of his expected acquittal by the Senate in his impeachment trial, which will happen later today.
Here are some of the key moments of the SOTUS:
- “The years of economic decay are over,” Trump said toward the beginning of his remarks, bragging he had “moved rapidly to revive the economy."
“If we hadn’t reversed the failed economic policies of the previous administration, the world would not now be witnessing this great economic success."
- Trump awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom to conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, who was seated next to first lady Melania Trump. “Thank you for your decades of tireless devotion to our country,” Trump said to Limbaugh, who recently revealed he had advanced lung cancer.
- Trump targeted Democrats for supporting “Medicare for All,” which he called a “socialist takeover of our healthcare system." Earlier, he warned:
"Socialism destroys nations. But always remember, freedom unifies the soul."
- As Trump concluded his speech, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) ripped up the transcript of his remarks.
- Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivered the Democratic response, in which she focused on healthcare and American workers. "Democrats are trying to make your healthcare better. Republicans in Washington are trying to take it away," Whitmer said in her speech, adding later:
"American workers are hurting. ... Wages have stagnated, while CEO pay has skyrocketed."
On the Radar
What is the Actual State of our Union?
Between President Trump's SOTUS and Gov. Whitmer's response, it might be difficult to determine if the country is moving in the right or wrong direction.
The nonpartisan civic initiative analyzed dozens of State of the Union addresses to find the most-covered issues from the past 40 years.
The result: The State of the Union in Numbers.
SOTUS in Numbers provides a snapshot of the data behind SOTUS' most-popular topics.
These visuals are all new, interactive, and allow you to easily compare recent numbers and historical metrics. Immigration. The economy. Education. Healthcare. You can look at the data for yourself and make your own judgments.
Here's a preview:
Population: The absolute number of non-Hispanic white people has been falling since 2017. It has decreased every year since.
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And, in the End…
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In 1999, the first official site dedicated to the hazelnut cream went online in the U.S.:
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