Miss the State of the Union? Here's what happened. Trump addressed some policy: Calling for the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to remain open, vowing to lower prescription drug costs, again dangling infrastructure as something both parties could work on, Trump also promised to rebuild America's Nuclear Arsenal, and threatened to cut off foreign aid to other countries. Afterward, Trump delivered a line that started a lot of controversy saying that Americans were dreamers too. All in all, it has seemed that Trump was doing a lot of bragging about how much he had done for this country, including his “record low” unemployment of minorities.
At President Trump's state of the Union Address, he claimed many things that he has done for the United States. The first of these things is that he claims that since the election America has created 2.4 million new jobs. In truth, since his inauguration, Americans have only found 1.8 million jobs which is actually the averaging slowest rate since 2010. According to the Guardian, a second thing President Trump claimed at his address was that “African American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded, and Hispanic American unemployment has also reached the lowest levels in history.” Here we have done well because in truth African American unemployment right now is at a record low at 6.8% and Hispanic American Unemployment just nearly there at 4.9% the record low being 4.8% according to Alan Yuhas from the Guardian. Many other topics were covered that day, but finally Trump spoke of Tax cuts saying “We enacted the biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history. Our massive tax cuts provide tremendous relief for the middle class and small businesses.” In truth, this is a large tax cut but only the eighth largest. It is misleading as well to claim that this is helping everyone, seeing that overtime this disproportionately helps the wealthy save money. All in all, it is found that Trump does stretch the truth but he has done some good it seems.
After the Donald J. Trump's 128 minute long speech, the democrats offered a considerably shorter speech of around 20 mins. As democrats often do, the speech was more emotionally driven with words like ”Bullies may land a punch, they might leave a mark. But they have never, not once, in the history of our United States, managed to match the strength and spirit of a people united in defense of their future." The speech was widely considered inspiring and refreshing, and given by Joseph Kennedy III.
Many wonder if Joe Kennedy III plans to run for president come 2020. If he did, he would follow his great uncle's footsteps. Like his great uncle he would be a historically young president. While it remains unclear whether he wants to run, it would be unprecedented due to his young age and relative inexperience, only being a congressman. Whatever the case, Joe Kennedy would enjoy support from many democrats.
Story by Peter Hornaday and Franklin Bester-Sproul