Trump’s first joint session congressional address was well received by viewers. A CNN poll found 78% of respondents viewed Trump’s speech favorably.

Political pundits from across the spectrum are weighing in and reactions didn’t fall cleanly down the party line, either.

Take Van Jones for example:

Jones called Trump’s tribute to a fallen Navy SEAL “one of the most extraordinary moments we have ever seen in American politics — period.”

Chris Wallace:

Wallace likened Trump’s speech to Reagan calling it, “one of the best speeches in that Senate I’ve ever heard any president give.”

Rachel Maddow:

No big surprise here. Maddow suggested Trump was disconnected from his own policies.

James Joyner:

Sen. Bernie Sanders:

Sen. Sanders decided the best way to rebut Trump’s speech was to focus on what he didn’t say.


Not sure how he figures this seeing as Trump repeatedly called for unity and his speech had a little something for everyone — a massive infrastructure spending plan, paid family leave, Obamacare reform, etc.


Larry Elder:

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