Trump’s Speech to Congress

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Tonight, President Trump (two words that will always sound uncomfortable together, as articulated by John Oliver) is speaking to Congress. I’m here to let you know my thoughts on all the cringe-iness to come. Grab your friends, get some soft blankets and yummy snacks. We’re in for the long haul.

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Allison Gordon February 28, 201710:11 pm

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Allison Gordon February 28, 201710:11 pm

Interested to see what pundits have to say.

Allison Gordon February 28, 201710:10 pm

Basically, that speech is the same one he’s been giving for months… just slightly different tone.

Allison Gordon February 28, 201710:10 pm

IT’S OVER.

Allison Gordon February 28, 201710:09 pm

“The time for trivial fights is over….”

Maybe you should try and take your own advice on this one?
Allison Gordon February 28, 201710:08 pm

Closing sentiments: “We all bleed the same blood. We all support the same great American flag. And we are all made by the same God.”

Allison Gordon February 28, 201710:05 pm

ok the screen is flickering eerily in lower Solomon…. technology knows what’s up

Allison Gordon February 28, 201710:03 pm

“We strongly support NATO…”

talk about a code switch
Allison Gordon February 28, 201710:02 pm

“Ryan’s legacy is etched into eternity.” brings biggest applause so far tonight

Allison Gordon February 28, 201710:02 pm

when Trump invokes the Bible…. EERY

Allison Gordon February 28, 201710:01 pm

Question: isn’t the imposition to “buy American steel” a regulation?

Allison Gordon February 28, 201710:00 pm

The image of Ryan Owens’ widow crying is heartbreaking.

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:58 pm

“Our veterans have delivered for our nation. And now we must deliver for them.”

Huge, huge cheer– pan to McCain
Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:56 pm

WHAT are these pins (frantically Googling right now)

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:56 pm

he goes on and on and on

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:56 pm

killing, violence, madness, division….

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:55 pm

Trump loves words like slain, vicious, criminal, carnage…

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:55 pm

this whole segment is SO rough

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:54 pm

VOICE: victims of immigration crime engagement

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:53 pm

God, his segues are so clunky

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:53 pm

seems like everyone’s standing for law enforcement support

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:53 pm

waiting for him to say blue lives matter

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:51 pm

yep. there it is.

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:51 pm

here we go. violence.

waiting for mention of chicago
Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:51 pm

“Private school graduate.”

what are these pins?????
Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:50 pm

https://www.buzzfeed.com/mollyhensleyclancy/betsy-devos-is-under-fire-saying-hbcu-school-choice?utm_term=.dnOJYAj1l#.jjvwRoP6g

this is MADNESS.
Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:49 pm

“Education is the Civil Rights of our time…”

What.
Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:47 pm

very lost on this transition, here.

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:47 pm

Megan Crowley…?

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:46 pm

“women’s health” and clean air and clean water AND military and infrastructure all in one sentence. damn.

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:46 pm

did he just mention paid family leave?

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:45 pm

“Everything that is broken in our country can be fixed…” there’s the message of optimism he kept reiterating.

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:44 pm

Driving down artificially high price of drugs gets some applause from Democrat’s side as well

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:43 pm

does he ever say Affordable Care Act? or always Obamacare? *late night thoughts*

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:42 pm

oooooh, Pelosi is so mad. I’m right there with ya.

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:42 pm

Feels like this is the most heated part of the night so far (re: ACA)

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:41 pm

Kentucky had a really dope plan under Kynect but Republicans did away with it!

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:40 pm

GIVE ME A CONCRETE PLAN THEN…..

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:40 pm

If you haven’t seen the new John Oliver about this healthcare situation, reconsider your life.

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:39 pm

first mention of Repeal and Replace Obamacare

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:39 pm

Two core principles: “Buy American. Hire American.”

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:39 pm

Update again: “trillion” is same level of creepiness as “billion” as “million.”

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:38 pm

Thought he was invoking this (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Wetback) not infrastructure

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:38 pm

I got so nervous when he mentioned Eisenhower…

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:37 pm

Mitch McConnell’s presence never fails to overwhelm me.

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:36 pm

Such tepid clapping for “merit based immigration system.” Even most hardline Republicans cringe at this notion.

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:36 pm

Chuck Schumer… tonight is not your night.

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:35 pm

update: “millions” has the same creepy intonation as “billions.”

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:35 pm

Trump always mentions Lincoln. Always.

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:34 pm

Wow, Mike Pence and Paul Ryan are hella synchronized right now.

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:33 pm

pics or it didn’t happen (@Harley Davidson)

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:33 pm

Trump uses such blanket statements when he speaks about tariffs… I hate how no one ever corrects him on this

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:32 pm

s/o to David Perdue (home senator!!! woooo)

jk. he’s kind of the worst.
Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:30 pm

first mention of Chiiiiiiii-na

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:30 pm

“More than 1 in 5 people in their prime working years are not working…”

would love a fact check on this
Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:29 pm

What is that pin Maureen Scalia is wearing? @anyone?

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:28 pm

First mention of Israel

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:28 pm

Shoutout to Elena Kagan’s face right now.

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:28 pm

I wonder when (if?) he will mention Russia

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:27 pm

He says they will implement “improved vetting procedures.” But what does this mean? The process is already months, even years long for some.

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:26 pm

where’s the mention of cyber extremism, though?

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:26 pm

He used this term although some Republicans are asking him to refrain from using this specific phrase…

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:25 pm

first mention of *wait for it* Radical. Islamic. Terrorism.

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:24 pm

FIRST MENTION OF GANGS

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:24 pm

FIRST MENTION OF THE WALL

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:23 pm

If you don’t already follow Onion Politics, I 100% recommend

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:23 pm

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:21 pm

Interesting that so many Republicans cheer for the end of TPP… (http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/09/pro-trade-republicans-switch-sides-in-tpp-fight.html)

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:20 pm

cheers for Dakota Access Pipeline and Keystone Pipelines. wow.

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:19 pm

“For every new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated”

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:19 pm

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/newt-gingirch-trump-drain-the-swamp-232878 (see below)

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:18 pm

I thought they were getting rid of the term “drain the swamp” ?

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:18 pm

I take it back– screen grab of Nancy Pelosi is one for the ages

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:17 pm

Billions, beel-yuns, biiiiillllliiiiooooons

Truly, what is the best way to capture his pronunciation?
Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:15 pm

We were trying to figure out which revolution he was referring to… himself, of course.

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:15 pm

“Finally, the chorus became an earthquake”

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:14 pm

That screen grab of Debbie Wasserman Schultz is one for the ages

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:13 pm

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/02/28/us/politics/trump-congress-address-live-video-analysis.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=b-lede-package-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0 (a slightly more respected liveblog)

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:12 pm

“A new national pride is sweeping across our nation…” Interesting. Reagan-esque?

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:12 pm

“Message of unity and strength, a message deeply delivered from my heart.” OKAY.

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:11 pm

Jewish community centers, vandalism of cemeteries already mentioned. wow.

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:10 pm

First invocation of Black History Month

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:10 pm

NGL, Melania looks amazing

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:08 pm

Melania next to a girl who’s father was killed by an undocumented worker

Allison Gordon February 28, 20179:00 pm

heading over to lower Saloman (Salomon? Salmon? the forever mystery) to watch with the Brown Dems