Quick Reaction now that speech concluded:

It was an excellent speech and performance. The content struck home on many fronts, and he rattled off all his accomplishments without the media distorted filter. This was the most effective inclusion of guests I’ve seen, including the Holocaust survivor and the American soldier who rescued him, seated side-by-side, was particularly emotional. All and all, as good as it gets.

Transcript of speech here.

Money quotes:

No issue better illustrates the divide between America’s working-class and America’s political class than illegal immigration. Wealthy politicians and donors push for open borders, while living their lives behind walls and gates and guards.

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Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country.

America was founded on liberty and independence — not government coercion, domination and control.

We are BORN FREE, and we will STAY FREE.

Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will NEVER be a socialist country.

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There could be no greater contrast to the beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child than the chilling displays our nation saw in recent days.

Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments before birth.

These are living, feeling, beautiful, babies who will never get the chance to share their love and dreams with the world.

And then, we had the case of the Governor of Virginia where he stated he would execute a baby after birth.

To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb.

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BEFORE THE SPEECH

The White House has been somewhat closed chested about Trump’s speech (per usual for most administrations), but here’s what we know. From The Daily Caller:

President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday night will review the apparent accomplishments of his past two years in office and include an appeal to Congress to act on issues of immigration, trade, infrastructure and prescription drug pricing, two sources briefed on the matter tell The Daily Caller.

Trump’s address will have a theme of “Choosing Greatness” and will also feature a prolonged review of the administration’s foreign policy achievements and vision, spanning North Korea, Venezuela, the Islamic Republican of Iran, the fight against the Islamic State, the U.S. presence in Syria and the future of the U.S. role in Afghanistan.

One official briefed on the speech said Trump is also likely to deride recent Democratic state legislative efforts to pass late-term abortion legislation and appeared particularly animated about the topic at a White House meeting Monday afternoon.

One official briefed on the speech said Trump is also likely to deride recent Democratic state legislative efforts to pass late-term abortion legislation and appeared particularly animated about the topic at a White House meeting Monday afternoon.

There will be several special guests in attendance, including a sixth-grade boy who’s been bullied for his last name.

The White House’s full guest list is here.

 
 
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