My Fellow Republicans,
Last night, President Trump gave an inspiring State of the Union address, and 76% of America agrees! He asked that we be more than two political parties, but one nation. He emphasized greatness over gridlock. I echo his sentiment that we move forward together – that we keep America in our hearts and freedom alive in our souls.
Below you will find the top takeaways from political pundits throughout the Nation.
As always, thank you for your support of the Utah Republican Party.
Rob Anderson, Chairman Utah Republican Party
Over three-quarters of those who watched Tuesday’s State of The Union approved of the speech, marking a “big win” for the president
- Spirit of 76%: Two separate polls from CBS and CNN showed 76% of viewers approved of President Trump’s State of the Union Address.
- President Trump’s performance was widely praised as “strong,” and “well delivered” and a “stellar performance.”
- President Trump’s speech earned bipartisan commendation from both sides of the aisle and “was peppered with items Americans could agree on.”
- Many chimed in to express their support for policies laid out in the State of the Union, including Democrats who were “encouraged” that President Trump wants to work toward finding solutions.
THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OVERWHELMINGLY APPROVED OF PRESIDENT TRUMP’S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS BY A THREE TO ONE MARGIN
CNN’s David Chalian Claimed A CNN Poll Showed A “Very Positive Reaction” From 59 Percent Of Those Who Watched The State Of The Union And Another 17 Percent Had A “Positive” View Of The Address. CNN’S WOLF BLITZER: “Quickly, I want to go to David Chalian. He’s got an instant poll on the country reacting, at least those who watched. What do you got there David?” CNN’S DAVID CHALIAN: “Least those that watched. This is our first look at a new instant poll, but it is among speech watchers. So I just want to stress here that, for a State of the Union Address, the President’s partisans, his supporters tend to turn out to watch the speech. This is true of a President of either party. So tonight we saw a heavy Republican skewed audience turn out to watch the President’s speech. But look at this, a very positive reaction from those who watched the speech last night. 59 percent very positive, 17 percent positive, 23 percent negative.” (CNN’s ” Live ,” 2/6/19)
President Trump’s Speech Is Being Lauded By Pundits Across The Board
CNN’s Jake Tapper Noted That The State Of The Union Had “Wonderful Moments,Stirring Moments.” CNN’S JAKE TAPPER: “Well, he did at times during the speech. Obviously, the moments with Grace Eline, the young girl battling cancer, the moment at the end with the helped liberate Dachau and the old man who had once been a little boy, a prisoner at Dachau, obviously, these are wonderful moments, stirring moments.” (CNN’s ” The State Of The Union Address ,” 2/5/19)
NBC News’ Peter Alexander: “The President’s Speech Was Peppered With Items Americans Could Agree On.” NBC NEWS’ PETER ALEXANDER: “President Trump also touting bipartisan success on criminal justice reform acknowledging convicted drug trafficker Alice Johnson whose cause was championed by Kim Kardashian.” PRESIDENT TRUMP (CLIP): “When I saw Alice’s beautiful family greet her at the prison gates hugging and kissing and crying and laughing, I knew I did something right.” ALEXANDER: “Divisions again disappearing for a seemingly unheard sound. The entire chamber serenading Judah Samet on his 81 st birthday, a Holocaust survivor who also survived last year’s Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.” CROWD (CLIP): “Thank you!” PRESIDENT TRUMP (CLIP): “They wouldn’t do that for me, Judah.” ALEXANDER: “That was definitely a powerful moment there. The president’s speech was peppered with items Americans could agree on, pledging to eliminate the HIV epidemic in the U.S. within the decade. Recommitting to the fight against childhood cancer.” (NBC’s “The Today Show,” 2/6/19)
Fox News’ John Roberts Noted That He Has “Not Seen A SOTU In Recent Years When The Opposition Applauded To The Degree It Did Tonight.” “There were clearly differences of opinion on some issues, but I have not seen a SOTU in recent years when the opposition applauded to the degree it did tonight.” (John Roberts, Twitter Feed , 2/5/19)
Liz Peek, A Fox News Contributor, Claimed That President Trump On The Stump Is “Very, Very Good.” “Here’s why @SpeakerPelosi didn’t want @realDonaldTrump to deliver the #SOTU: Trump on the stump is very, very good.” (Liz Peek, Tweet Feed , 2/6/19)
Washington Post’s Heather Long Noted There Was “Big, Bipartisan Applause Tonight.” “Big, bipartisan applause tonight for: -Bringing down drug costs -Recognizing new Venezuelan leader -More women in workforce/Congress -Paid family leave -Governing as 1 nation -Made in USA manufacturing -First Step Act -More $$$ for cancer research” (Heather Long, Twitter Feed , 2/5/19)
Fox News’ Brit Hume Said That “People Would Remember” This State Of The Union. “On Fox News, the pundit Brit Hume declared that ‘people may remember this one,’ and the host Laura Ingraham called the speech ‘pretty pragmatic – a lot for people on both sides of the aisle to really love.'” (Michael M Gynbaum, “Prime-Time Trump Splits The Cable Pundits,” The New York Times , 2/6/19)
ABC’s Jonathan Karl Said “The President And His Speechwriters Have Accomplished Something Remarkable Here Tonight.” “The president and his speechwriters have accomplished something remarkable here tonight – striking several themes that have drawn applause from both sides of the chamber. That is not unusual for a state of the union, but it is unusual for this President.” (Jonathan Karl, Twitter Feed , 2/5/19)
Support For Specific Policies Laid Out By President Trump’s State Of The Union Speech Has Rolled In
James Hohmann, National Political Correspondent For The Washington Post, Claimed That President Trump With A “Divided Government” Has “Devoted More Attention To Foreign Policy As His Term Has Gone On.” “Like other presidents who have faced divided government, including Nixon, Trump has devoted more attention to foreign policy as his term has gone on. Obama made a similar shift in 2011 #SOTU.” (James Hohmann, Twitter Feed , 2/6/19)
Wall Street Journal Columnist Peggy Noonan Called Tonight’s State Of The Union “A Deeply Adept Speech In Terms Of Policy.” “This has been a deeply adept speech in terms of policy. He cut to the muscle on legal and illegal immigration, on abortion and infanticide, on foreign wars. His vow on socialism will be remembered. Great heroes in the balcony, a real American panoply.” (Peggy Noonan, Twitter Feed , 2/5/19)
MSNBC’s Garrett Haake Said The First Step Act Touted By The President In His Speech Was “Easily The Biggest Bipartisan Legislative Success Under This Administration.” “The First Step Act was a legit bipartisan, bicameral effort to get something done that most Americans agreed on. Easily the biggest bipartisan legislative success under this administration” (Garrett Haake , Twitter Feed , 2/5/19)
Former Major League Baseball Player Tom Glavine Thanked President Trump For His “Commitment To Childhood Cancer Research.” “@POTUS thank you for your commitment to childhood cancer research.. it’s about time!!” (Tom Glavine, Twitter Feed , 2/5/19)
President Trump’s Speech Received Praise From Both Sides Of The Aisle
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) And Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) Both Gave A Standing Ovation Following President Trump’s Remark On The Booming Economy. “Manchin and Carper the only two Dems to join GOP for standing ovation when Trump boasts of the economy and says: ‘We are just getting started.'” (Manu Raju, Twitter Feed , 02/05/19)
Representative Haley Stevens (D-MI) Stated That She Was “Encouraged That The President Wants A Bipartisan Solution On Immigration.” “I was encouraged that the President wants a bipartisan solution on immigration, and I hope he will follow up on that commitment by stepping back and letting Congress come to an agreement.” (Rep. Haley Stevens, Twitter Feed , 2/6/19)
CNBC’s John Harwood Tweeted That The “Bipartisan Applause For ‘Ending The HIV Epidemic.'” “Bipartisan applause for “ending the HIV epidemic.” (John Harwood, Twitter Feed, 2/5/19)
Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) Stated That The President’s Speech Was “Strong, Well-Delivered, And Appealed To Our Patriotism And Common Values As Americans.” “Romney: ‘The president’s speech was strong, well-delivered, and appealed to our patriotism and common values as Americans.'” (Burgess Everett, Twitter Feed , 2/5/19)
Present Trump Earned Massive Bipartisan Applause For His Accomplishments In Advancing The Economic Interests Of Women. “And that group of women provided the most surprising — even for Trump — moment of the night. In touting his economic successes, Trump delivered these lines: ‘All Americans can be proud that we have more women in the workforce than ever before — and exactly one century after the Congress passed the constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote, we also have more women serving in the Congress than ever before.’ He was repeatedly interrupted by cheers as the women — almost exclusively Democrats — slapped five and hugged to celebrate their momentous accomplishment. ‘You weren’t supposed to do that,’ Trump joked.” (Chris Cillizza, “5 Key Takeaways From Donald Trump’s State Of The Union Speech,” CNN , 2/6/19)
NBC’s Lester Holt Noted That There Were “A Lot” Of Bipartisan Proposals In The State Of The Union. “NBC’s Lester Holt: ‘a lot’ of bipartisan proposals from President Trump in SOTU https://youtu.be/kMWb8zUsZQY” (RNC Research, Twitter Feed , 2/5/19)
ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Noted That There Were Moments Of Unity During The State Of The Union. “ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on SOTU: ‘there were moments that unified’ the chamber https://youtu.be/J0emPTV7ri8” (RNC Research, Twitter Feed , 2/5/19)