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President Trump’s First State of The Union

by Countable | 1.29.18

What’s the story?

At 9 PM ET on Tuesday President Trump will offer his first ever State of the Union address. If you don’t have regular tv, you can stream it live online via C-span.

According to a report by Politico the president is expected to step away from his more incendiary rhetoric and offer, instead, a more bipartisan message focused on immigration, infrastructure, trade policy and national security.

The person chosen to be the designated survivor should be announced just prior to the evening's activities.

On Monday night at 8 PM ET a variety of celebrities who oppose the administration’s policies are staging a "People’s State of the Union" with speeches and musical performances, which will be livestreamed on Facebook. They are also asking people to post videos to Twitter stating their dream for America, tagged with #StateOfTheDream, at the same time as the president’s address on Tuesday night as a “digital alternative”.

On Tuesday, some Democratic lawmakers are boycotting the speech, including Rep. Maxine Waters, who will provide an unofficial rebuttal to the president’s address on BET at 10 PM.

The official Democratic Party response will be given by Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA), and will stream on C-span immediately following the president’s remarks.

What do you think?

Are you going to be tuning into the State of the Union address? What about the responses? Will you watch Kennedy’s official response or Water’s unofficial one? What are you hoping to hear the president say? What are you concerned he may say? What do you think of the state of our union, and what would you say to Congress given the chance?

Tell us in the comments what you think, then use the Take Action button to tell your reps!

— Asha Sanaker

(Photo Credit: Wikimedia / Creative Commons)

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  • Tim
    01/30/2018
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    I have watched many State of the Union addresses presided over by past Presidents of every stripe. Tonight I’ll be sitting this one out. I refuse to subject myself to the inevitable glad handing and ego stroking that attempts to legitimize this President. Any attempt at reaching across the aisle will ring hollow in my ears. The damage is already done and nothing he says or does will change that. If he does manage to strike a conciliatory tone tonight it will only be undermined later when he finds his next enemy to attack on Twitter.

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  • RadicalModerate
    01/29/2018
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    We will not watch live. The dark energy that enslaves that man is not welcome in my home.

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  • Michael777
    01/30/2018
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    This is one State of the Union that I will NOT be watching. F--- Donald Dump and the Republicans! They voted to take away our healthcare, take away our local and state tax deductions, take away the laws that keep our air clean, and take away our democracy through gerrymandering! No one should ever have to respect or listen to a Party that has done its very best to try and hurt as many people as hard as possible. Like if you agree!

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  • Michael.J.L
    01/29/2018
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    For the first time I will not watch the State of the Union address. I have no interest in watching this wannabe dictator spouting his lies and attacks on the press, F.B.I., immigrants and others. And I have no desire to listen to his GOP members of Congress cheering him on and on. Unfortunately, the world will also be watching this disgraceful person spewing his hatred and ignorance. Our government has ceded it's global leadership in favor of a Republican / Evangelical agenda that will not only enable other nations who wish to act badly to do so but will destroy our nation as well.

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  • C
    01/29/2018
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    Hey America Turn off Trump. Nothing gets to him like low ratings.

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  • Ishaq
    01/30/2018
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    I’ve no interest whatsoever in a “president” who believes my lineage derived from a shithole country.

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  • Donna
    01/30/2018
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    I will not watch this circus performance live. I have heard enough of DJT praising himself over the years and will not waste my time to listen to more. He has no desire to work in a bipartisan fashion to unite this nation. He has no desire to work in any fashion to unite this nation. Whatever the speechwriter puts on the teleprompter will not have anything to do with the man who will wake up tomorrow morning in the White House and take up space in the Oval Office. He will not be speaking to or for the American people tonight, he will be speaking to the diehards that still believe his lies and for the sake of hearing his own voice. He is destroying our country and should not have been invited to speak from the Capitol. But, of course, the 'Never-Trump' convert, Paul Ryan, has no spine and cares more about himself than the country he serves. You are all a disgrace.

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  • Gabriele
    01/30/2018
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    Will not watch Trump speak. Will be the same as always, lies, lies and more lies and how great he is, what wonderful things he’s done, things nobody else has ever accomplished. I’m tired of hearing him speak. He reminds me of Hitler and this is a time I like to forget, it’s scares me.

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  • Kevin
    01/29/2018
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    Waste of time watching a pathological liar!

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  • Diana
    01/30/2018
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    Please boycott this speech which is a non legitimate use of the office to spread hate and bigotry

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  • Karen
    01/30/2018
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    I’d rather watch water boil than waste my time watching and listening to more lies and unkept promises from a man I have NO respect for.

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  • Jack
    01/30/2018
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    I’ve watched the state of the union address as far back as I can remember, but I won’t watch a pathological liar reality tv star speak incoherently ever. No thanks!

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  • Phillip
    01/29/2018
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    Considering all the lies so far and his constant tweeting if policy. This will not be a good use of time to watch or attend

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  • Mark
    01/29/2018
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    A criminal and traitor should not be giving the State of the Union. Lock him up.

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  • Marylynn
    01/30/2018
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    I can't stomach seeing his face plastered on every news website, tv. Listening to him speak is even worse. His speeches have always nauseated me, therefore I won't be watching his pathetic state of the union address. I'd rather have a colonoscopy then sit and listen to more of his lies. The only thing I want to see is Robert Mueller indicting him on obstruction. Better yet, seeing the GOP grow some cajones and impeach his excessively large ass.

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  • DrCindyBean
    01/30/2018
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    I will boycott. The creep is a money laundering mobster - loyal only to Putin, Sater, Semion Mogilevich, and to his own greedy self. He was installed by Putin and organized crime including some GOP. Crimes are being committed daily by this creep and his criminal corrupt cronies and GOP enablers. He and the international organized crime mob are working to destroy USA and NATO and strip all of our wealth and resources - to enrich the dictators and oligarchs. ——Notes after the appearance. I did not watch. But clearly from all reports He’s still the same dangerous delusional demagogue fascist dictator thug he has always been. More of the same. Lies. Self aggrandizement. Cruel racist policy proposals. And proposals for money laundering scams labeled as ‘the wall’ and ‘infrastructure ‘.

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  • Judy
    01/30/2018
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    I will not watch this egotistical display from the most ineffective, ignorant and bigoted so-called leader of our country! The destruction of all morals and true American values from this administration is appalling!

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  • Patricia
    01/29/2018
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    I’m looking forward to it. I’m very proud of President Trump, and of myself for having the wisdom to not buy into leftist rhetoric.

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  • Esther
    01/30/2018
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    I will be boycotting the SOTU. He will be reading something written by someone else. He doesn’t read well. And I don’t believe anything that he says anyway. How can he take a stand on any issues when he doesn’t even seem to know what they are. His total disregard for what the majority of Americans want is truly abhorrent and appalling. I think I’ll watch The Handmaid’s Tale.

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  • Tooluser1
    01/29/2018
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    We all live in the same country. Its truly saddening that there are SO very many who would rather see us all fail together than work with someone they find objectionable. The level of overlap between those who would choose failure and suffering over working with the lawfully elected government and those who hectored everone who would listen to work with Obama despite all the many reasons HE was objectionable. Do you want civil war? Because refusing to accept election results that your party didn't win is how you get civil war....

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