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Unity? LA-area Democrats aren’t feeling it after Trump’s State of the Union

By in Press Enterprise on January 31, 2018

By Kevin Modesti

President Trump began his State of the Union Address with a call for national unity. Judging by Los Angeles-area politicians’ reactions Tuesday night and this morning, the rest of the speech inspired mostly division.

Many of L.A.’s members of Congress, who represent some of the nation’s most liberal districts, blasted Trump on social media.

Rep. Brad Sherman, a Democrat from Sherman Oaks, took a dim view of the whole speech.

Long speech with few policy proposals. Very few that will have bipartisan support. #SOTU

— Rep. Brad Sherman (@BradSherman) January 31, 2018

Rep. Judy Chu, D-Pasadena, was one of several L.A.-area House members challenging Trump’s claim of credit for an improving economy.

Trump has not implemented one policy to achieve any of the unemployment numbers he is touting. #ThanksObama #SOTU

— Judy Chu (@RepJudyChu) January 31, 2018

Rep. Norma Torres, D-Pomona, heard Trump tout the tax changes passed by the Republican-led Congress and wasn’t convinced.

83% of the tax cuts under the #GOPTaxScam are going to the wealthiest 1% of Americans. #SOTU #ThingsTrumpWontTalkAbout

— Rep. Norma Torres (@NormaJTorres) January 31, 2018

The president’s comments about immigration policy drew sharp responses from many, including Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, and state Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-South Gate.

Why is that whenever the President speaks of immigration it always seems to be in the context of gang members and murderers? There were dozens of DREAMers at the #SOTU tonight who could teach him a lot about immigrants.

— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) January 31, 2018


Trump said just immigrants “have caused the loss of innocent lives.”

Completely misplaced scapegoating. This type of thinking is unacceptable.#SOTU

— Anthony Rendon (@Rendon63rd) January 31, 2018

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