Democratic response to Trump's speech: He's 'Wall Street's champion'


#1

Following President Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night, the Democratic Party gave its response. Party leaders chose former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to do the honors this year. Beshear, who left office in 2015, has a record of expanding access to affordable health care, lowering his state’s uninsured rate from more than 20 percent to 7.5 percent.

Mr. President, as a candidate, you promised to be a champion for families struggling to make ends meet and I hope you live up to that promise. But one of your very first executive orders makes it harder for those families to even afford a mortgage.

Then you started rolling back rules that provide oversight of the financial industry and safeguard us against another national economic meltdown.

And you picked a Cabinet of billionaires and Wall Street insiders who want to eviscerate the protections that most Americans count on and that help level the playing field.

That’s not being our champion, that’s being Wall Street’s champion.

And even more troubling, you and your Republican allies in Congress seem determined to rip affordable health insurance away from millions of Americans who most need it.
Does the Affordable Care Act needs some repairs? Sure it does. But so far, every Republican idea to replace the Affordable Care Act would reduce the number of Americans covered, despite your promises to the contrary.

Mr. President, folks here in in Kentucky expect you to keep your word, because this isn’t a game, it’s life and death for people.

These ideas promise access to care, but deny the importance of making care affordable and effective. They would charge families more for fewer benefits and put the insurance companies back in control.

Behind these ideas is the belief that folks at the lower end of the economic ladder just don’t deserve health care. That it is somehow their fault that their employer doesn’t offer insurance or that they can’t afford to buy expensive health plans. But just who are these 22 million Americans, including 500,000 people right here in Kentucky, who now have health care that didn’t have it before?

Look, they’re not aliens from some distant planet. They are our friends and neighbors. We sit in the bleachers with them on Friday night, we worship in the pews with them on Sunday morning. They’re farmers, restaurant workers, part-time teachers, nurses aides, construction workers and entrepreneurs working at high-tech startups. And before the Affordable Care Act, they woke up every morning and went to work, just hoping and praying they wouldn’t get sick because they knew that they were just one bad diagnosis away from bankruptcy.

Another commitment now being tested is to our national security. Look, make no mistake, I am a military veteran myself and I know that protecting America is a president’s highest duty. Yet President Trump is ignoring serious threats to our national security from Russia, who is not our friend, while alienating our allies who fought with this side-by-side and are our friends in a dangerous world.

His approach makes us less safe and should worry every freedom-loving American. Instead, President Trump has all but declared war on refugees and immigrants. Look, the president can and should enforce our immigration laws, but we can protect America without abandoning our principles and our moral obligation to help those fleeing war and terror, without tearing families apart and without needlessly jeopardizing our military men and women fighting overseas.

President Trump also needs to understand that people may disagree with him from time to time, but that doesn’t make them his enemies. When the president attacks the loyalty and credibility of our intelligence agencies, the court system, the military, the free press, individual Americans, simply because he doesn’t like what they say, he’s eroding our democracy and that’s reckless. Real leaders don’t spread derision and division. Real leaders strengthen.

npr.org/2017/02/28/516829714/democratic-response-to-trumps-address-to-congress-annotated


#2

They need to start acting like our allies, and not our wards.
They need to pony up their agreed share towards our mutual defense.


#3

What was not said verbally but was said with the Democrat’s choice of former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear was (in my view) this:

“OK, OK, We finally get it. We ignored white voters, especially working class southern white voters, and focused to much on minority, LGBT, identity politics, and that is why we lost the election.”

The following is from a 2014 article but it still applies today since they ignored this in 2014:

“The Democratic Party’s autopsy of its devastating defeat in 2014 calls for a renewed focus on the party’s message and winning back white Southern voters.”

“In order to win elections, the Democratic Party must reclaim voters that we’ve lost including white Southern voters,” the report states. The topic was a subject of discussion Thursday during a meeting of state party chairs, led by South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison. On Saturday, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, who chaired the task force, faulted the party for having “a single-minded electoral strategy” focused on White house and said, “the Democratic Party has lost its way."

Picking former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear was an admission that they lost because the Democrats purposefully ignored white voters. Beshear was saying this atleast two years ago and now the rest of the Dems are saying to themselves “maybe that guy knew what he was talking about”.


#4

So they will continue to be the party of sore losers. Its ok. We don’t need them!


#5

Didn’t watch the rebuttal last night but I pity the man who had to do it. Hardest job anyone had to take.


#6

President Obama got more contributions from Wall Street than any other presidential candidate. Hillary Clinton was Wall Street’s pick because she was the status quo candidate, yet Trump is “Wall Street’s champion?”

Selective outrage at its best.


#7

I agree. The Dems are floundering around as if what they say means something!


#8

After watching the address, I flipped over to msnbc to watch the total meltdown from Maddows and company. I was glued to the TV until 1AM. Not to proud to admit this, but I had a euphoric wave of Schadenfreude moving through me.


#9

lol, I might have actually turned MSNBC back on for that! :wink:


#10

Yep.


#11

I, too, did this for the exact same reason haha!! Although I didn’t keep it on for as long because my roommate was trying to do work and also because their guests were so boring.

However, I did indeed hear some of the meltdown from Maddow on how Trump doesn’t know what he’s doing at all, which was expected…


#12

NancybPelosi can run her tongue over her teeth in a show of disdain for President Trump.the Dems can continue to behave like petulant sore losers.in the end,any of them would be hard pressed to find fault with the address last night.Well done Mr.President!:+1::us:


#13

I’m glad the Democratic response called out Trump for his lies and broken promises.


#14

Didn’t watch the rebuttal, both parties are corporate shills.


#15

Furthermore, a Democrat (Clinton) gave us what may have been our only surplus. Trump made no mention whatsoever of the d-word (deficit.)

Trump basically broadcast to the world that he’ll out-deficit spend W. So much for being “conservative.” :shrug:


#16

Trump’s a “sore winner,” still trying to justify how he got in the White House when Hillary (who he promised to lock up) won the popular vote.

“Sore loser” my foot. :Dr


#17

When are you impeaching Trump, which you promised to do? :smiley:


#18

One of the people invited by his congressperson to attend Trump’s speech was Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter who was imprisoned for 540 in Tehran’s Evin prison by the Iranian government on fabricated charges of espionage and “collaborating with hostile governments.” He had an interesting thing to say in his reaction to Trump’s rhetoric:

At times, he spoke in tones that often did not reflect the actions of his first weeks in office, adding to what was already a jarring experience for me.

“Each American generation passes the torch of truth, liberty and justice, in an unbroken chain all the way down to the present. That torch is now in our hands. And we will use it to light up the world,” Trump said.

But then I would hear again the strains that reminded me of so many speeches delivered by authoritarian leaders.

“The chorus became an earthquake, and the people turned out by the tens of millions, and they were all united by one very simple, but crucial demand, that America must put its own citizens first, because only then can we truly make America great again,” Trump said.

Like much of the American public, I had come to view Trump as a reactionary, and reactionary rhetoric provokes responses from other reactionaries. This is not a new dance, but the tempo is reaching new speeds, as leaders with no personal filters are taking to social media along with everyone else.

But Trump isn’t the only leader with a Twitter account, and right now in Tehran, and other capitals, anti-American leaders are licking their lips.

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has one, too, and he has been using it to share his assessment of the White House’s newest occupant.

“We appreciate Trump! Because he largely did the job for us in revealing true face of America,” Khamenei tweeted on Feb. 7 on the heels of the executive order temporarily banning arrivals from seven predominantly Muslim countries, including Iran.

washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2017/03/01/i-watched-the-2016-state-of-the-union-on-a-prison-tv-in-iran-this-year-i-attended-as-a-free-man-with-reason-to-hop/?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_rezaian-645a-1%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.75006412fbde


#19

Please explain how putting America first is a bad thing? Are we supposed to put Mexico first? Should Islam be first? Canada? Where does America fall on that list?


#20

Trump is not conservative. “W” wasn’t really a conservative either. Being in the Republican party does not make one a conservative.


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