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the federalist society. coming up, washington journal n address. [video clip] winning each again and every day. [applause] congress, the state of our union is strong. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] ♪ host: the president addressed immigration, border security, a call for republicans and democrats to work together on issues they can agree on and other themes. that was last night. today, all three hours dedicated to hearing from you who watched the speech and want to give reaction to it. all of those up for consideration for our three
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spans from spot onto hot air. this is the guardian, the washington reporter on last night's speech, donald trump attacks mueller and democrats in divisive speech. our three hours dedicated to you, the viewer, who want -- we want to know what you thought of last night's speech. you can give us a call on the phone or post on social media. on can see the whole speed c-span. one of the -- the whole speech on c-span. one of the ideas advanced -- was advancing america. [video clip] weunder my administration, will never apologize for interests.merica's for example, decades ago the -- the united states entered into a treaty with russia in which we agreed to limit and reduce our
soul capability -- missile capability. we followed the agreement in the rules to the letter. russia repeatedly violated its terms. it has been going on for many years. that is why i announced the united states is officially withdrawing from the intermediate range nuclear treaty.reaty or inf [applause] we really have no choice. perhaps we can negotiate a different agreement, adding china and others or perhaps we willt, in which case, we
outspend and out innovate all others by far. [applause] as part of a bold new diplomacy, we continue our historic push for peace on the korean peninsula. our hostages have come home. nuclear testing has stopped and there has not been a missile launch in more than 15 months. if i had not been elected president of the united states, we would, right now, in my opinion, be in a major war with north korea. [applause] much work remains to be done,
but my relationship with kim jong-un is a good one. chairman kim and i will meet again on february 27 and 28th in vietnam. [applause] two weeks ago, the united states officially recognized the legitimate government of ,enezuela and its new president juan guaido. [applause] the venezuelan people in their noble quest for freedom and we condemn the regime,y of the maduro whose socialist policies have turned that nation from being
the wealthiest in south america into a state of abject poverty and despair. [applause] here in the united states, we are alarmed by the new calls to country.ialism in our america was founded on liberty and independence and not government coercion, domination, and control. we are born free and we will stay free. [applause] [chanting "usa"] resolve we renew our
that america will never be a socialist country. host: just one of the themes laid out by the president at last night's state of the union and we will look at others as the morning goes on. you can give us a call or tweet or post on our facebook page. we will start with nancy in kansas, republican line. caller: hello? host: hi, you are on. caller: okay. i thought he did very well considering the democrats have not been negotiating with him like they promised. i hope that some of those females in white have a mind of their own and will side with him and give him his wall. host: when you say he did well, what do you mean by that? caller: considering the pressure he has been under and everything, i thought he
addressed everything fairly well without criticizing the democrats very much. here from california, republican line, ken in fremont. caller: i would like to say i thought the president gave a brilliant address last night. -- greatness is not a victory for our party, greatness is a victory for our people. making the right decision that he wants to pull our troops out of syria and afghanistan. we believe a stronger foreign policy than opening diplomatic relations with north korea. think if he does that, he has done the job. host: specifically to the
foreign policy angles, what did you think of his approach last night? caller: i think he gave a brilliant speech and if he gets think thef isis, i they have a talented field, but i think we have had the greatest president -- we have the greatest president we have had in 30 years. he is the best and i hope to work for him one day. host: line for democrats, gill in california. caller: good morning and thank you for c-span. my comment is i am a lifelong blue dog democrat and i voted for donald trump and mike pence and the conservative side and i thought his speech last night was a very good speech. i do not understand why they say it was decisive. i thought he was straightforward. i thought it was embarrassing
for the party that i belonged to my entire life. i am a blue dog conservative democrat. i guess part of the old guard. how they were directed, looking at speaker pelosi and how she would direct them to stand up or sit down, how she was shuffling papers, the women dressed in white, i understand why they were dressed in white, i respect that, but if you notice, they would just look at each other like sheep to follow each other and see if they should stand up or sit down. i just am completely embarrassed by the way that my party has gone or is going socialist progressive and it will ruin that party. host: that is gill from
california. speaking to speaker pelosi, the washington post highlighting the fact several democrats said that after eight years of men at the top, pelosi would be back. she wore the suffragette white blazer. her attire was festooned with a golden brooch in the shape of the housemates, the ancient -- house mace, the ancient symbol of power. her guest included two active-duty transgender army officers and -- a critique of the president-positive decision to implement a ban on transgender service and survivors of the mass shooting at the florida high school. also attending was planned parenthood's new president. indiana next on our independent line. good morning. caller: good morning.
how are you? host: fine, thank you. caller: appreciate your show very much. political of one's bent, anyone with a fundamental intellectual honesty can watch that show and did not let their bias color their thoughts prior to listening to it would have to admit that it was an embarrassing display on the part of the progressive side. frankly,litmus test, when the president made the comments about the socialist movement in this country and some of the abortion laws that have been passed, it was basically a litmus test regardless of your political persuasion as to whether or not you are patriotic about this country or not. there is no such thing as a socialist society or economy
that ever worked in the world regardless of how you may have voted in your life, that is an economic fact. host: what was particularly embarrassing about the women in white, so to speak? caller: i don't know how everybody else looks at their elected representatives, but i look at mine as someone who i believe for my research prior to voting for them would represent the viewpoint of my local community, myself, and the area i live in, the jobs that are there, the politics that are there, what our lifestyle is like. these women seem to be in lockstep almost like stepford wives. it is shocking that there was no individuality and you cannot tell me that every voter in every district represented by that group of women all dressed the same feels the same and directo one person to
whether or not they show appreciation for comments. i would hope we have elected representatives in both houses that had more of an individual mindset and conscience about their votes. host: business insider highlights the fact that both lawmakers took part in the celebration and vice president mike pence and president trump's daughter can be seen standing and clapping. some democrats saw the movement as one of celebration, when all the women got up and applauded. representative and custer -- anne custer said the president ended up "ticked off" as celebrating.t he really did not understand what we were doing. there is a picture of that on the business insider website. next up is edward in wisconsin, republican line. caller: hello.
host: you are on. caller: thank you. ii, a veteran of world war i am 92 years old. i have been around the block a few times. i think the president has given one of the best speeches i have ever heard in my life and i have been following politics now for quite a few years and i don't understand why we are so divided. there is so much common sense to what this president is saying. you may not like him. there may be things i don't like about him, but he is our president and he has done wonderful things for this country. i don't understand why some of these other people so opposed to him don't at least give him a little credit for something and that includes a lot of the press. host: what was a standout moment in your mind? caller: there was a couple of
them, but i liked the way he presented the world war ii era, that is where i am fun -- where i am from. i like the way he addressed the people he helped to get out of prison and the policies he has created in trying to make this nation better. there were quite a few moments. i cannot pick one in particular. host: do you think these speeches have a one-day impact? caller: unfortunately, from my own position in life, unfortunately, people will forget. you are going to have a certain hard-core membership that will always remember the good things. the opposition -- and they are not listening and i don't understand why that is.
we are all americans for god sakes, we want to the best for our country. don't they realize what this man has done? host: eunice is next from new york, line for democrats. caller: hi. i am calling because i am very embarrassed. i think people should vote with their hearts and put god in it. we need to come together. andeed to come together .ote with our conscience no one can tell another what to do. each person should have his own mind made up when they get to the pole. what are they going to do and how are they going to do it? host: how does this relate to the state of the union speech last night? caller: i think it was a beautiful speech.
the way everybody should come together as one. we are all god's people. host: did you support the president? did you vote for him? caller: who i vote for is my business. ok? host: okay. .hat is eunice in new york one of the themes when it came to voting rights came in the democratic response. stacey abrams making an address from atlanta, one of those seems she decided to focus on was the need to preserve voting rights. here is some of that response from yesterday. [video clip] >> let's be clear, voter real.ssion is from moving polling places to rejecting lawful ballots, we can no longer ignore these threats to democracy. while i acknowledge the results of the election in georgia, i
did not and we cannot accept efforts to undermine our right to vote. that is why i started a nonpartisan organization called fair fight to advocate for voting rights. this is the next battle for our democracy, 1 -- where all eligible citizens can have their say about the vision we want for our country. we must reject the cynicism that says allowing every eligible vote to be cast is a power grab. americans needed to understand these are the values our brave men and women in uniform and our veterans risk their lives to defend. the foundation of our moral leadership around the globe is free and fair elections, where voters pick their leaders, not where politicians pick their voters. host: when it comes to that democratic response, jake tapper spending out a tweet saying it
was a source close to stacey abrams that said she did not watch the president's speech and focused on his policies, not his words. that same source saying abrams wrote the speech herself. the length of the speech, an our, 22 minutes and 28 seconds, the second-longest speech since bill clinton. ron desantis saying i support and applaud the president's effort to work with all sides finding solutions to our nation's challenges. that is true leadership. representative barbara lee from california saying when it comes i willes of abortion -- fight any attempt to interfere in a women's constitutional right to choose. had to be aying it letdown for the president's haters to see how successful he was giving that inspiring
speech. nancy pelosi is shellshocked. -- saying stacey abrams sounded more presidential than 45. andt ideas for leadership bipartisanship, opportunity to benefit all americans. bill king also adding the president showed families that --e attacked by illegals this is some of the twitter feed from this morning. you can make your thoughts known and post on our facebook page as well. that was eunice in new york. mark is next from indiana, independent line. go ahead. caller: good morning, thanks for having me. a white guy living in the country, i have never known the kkk to exist. we definitely have a new hate group, a new kkk and those women
robed in white last night is the new kkk. host: how do you make that connection? caller: they are against me. the entire democrat party of progressives are against me, a white, male, christian. host: and from that you take a comparison of comparing them to the kkk? caller: they are worse because their numbers are greater. host: this is sean in falls church, virginia, republican line. caller: i would like to agree with the last caller and also i would like to say the lack of individualism is shocking. i am serious about the relationship between mcconnell and the president and also i would like to say -- host: how does that relate to the state of the union? that is what we are talking about and addressing.
what did you think of the speech? caller: i thought it was great and the president did a fine job. host: specifically how? caller: all the great points about being more patriotic and loving of the country and wanting the best for everybody. think we just have to do better. sean in virginia. yahoo! news highlighting when it comes to those who wore white, including the president's daughter, including the president daughter. she got the internet riled up with her all white outfit. she posed for a photo with family members ahead of the address. writing as they were getting ready to watch their father at the big show, it is worth noting -- dressed in all white as well, tiffany, who is a student at georgetown lawsuit -- law school
-- independent line, michael is next, michael in athens, ohio. caller: yeah, this is michael. i have a thing to make about .hat speech last night i got mixed messages of it. what i think they ought to do on --d of putting people instead of putting the people at risk and taking all of our money and shutting the government and stuff down, why don't they just freeze all of the government? the president and washington and shut them down, but everybody
else gets paid and let's see how long that debate goes on. host: you said when it comes to the speech, you got mixed messages. specifically what mixed message did you get? caller: i got mixed messages of him saying he is wanting to go into a shut down if we have to to build that wall and then nancy pelosi, i am proud of them because i am democrat. i go both ways. himn't think it was fair of coming on their and saying stuff and everybody in an uproar right now, i am in -- on a fixed income. why don't we just freeze the government? just freeze the washington house and the president and let's see how long this government goes on. let's take all the tsa workers, everybody. host: let's go to allen,
wilmington, delaware. morning, pedro. i thought the state of the union address started with stacey abrams as a response to number 45's speech, when stacey abrams talked about education, the environment, voter suppression, things that donald trump never even mentioned during his speech, his speech started with a little bit of trying to pretend that there was unity or calling for unity and the rest of it was repeating the same old fax or non-facts that have been debunked numerous times like all of the so-called killings from illegals as he calls it that has showdebunked when facts
most of the folks who are undocumented here are less likely to commit crime and that most of the drugs that come into this country come through points of entry and not through someplace where there needs to be a wall. host: when it comes to stacey abrams' response, what was the most important part of her speech and why? caller: when she talked about education and educating our kids and the environment, which is something donald trump never mentioned. host: why are these important in your mind? caller: we are living in an age where technology has replaced just about all of the things that are done manually or that were done 40, 50, 60 years ago and if we are not having young
people who are educated, they will never be able to compete in the world because we are in a global economy now and we are not -- we cannot be isolationist to the world. host: jim is next in pennsylvania on our republican line, hi. caller: good morning, pedro. how are you? host: fine, thank you. go ahead. caller: i am not even going to comment on the previous caller, the ridiculousness of the democrats was in full force last night. the ladies in white, give me a break. all they had to do was put a hood on and they would fit right in with 100 years ago, the democratic party in south. for you democrats that don't understand what i am talking out -- talking about is the kkk was born and bred out of the republican -- democratic party.
robert byrd was a senator in the united states senate for 25-30 years. give me a break. host: several of those women said they wore white to represent the suffragette movement. caller: high don't give a rip tot they wore it for represent. they don't represent me. the president represents me and the rest of the country. thato-cortez standing with look,n the headlights she did not know what she was supposed to do. she needs to go back to bartending. host: connie, go ahead. caller: good morning. i am calling to say when the president talks so much about ,he liberation of the holocaust he put it together with the socialist party.
i wanted to inform the people who call who knows so much about hitler washillary -- not a socialist. extreme right. the extreme right is what the republican party is. when you translate from europe to the united states. the people who know so much about history, they should learn that. -- went to liberate them, they would liberate them against fascists. host: with all of that, the president did mention these things. why is that important to you? caller: because i am a product of that. i was born in spain. i am 78 years old. i know the history.
the people in this country, they know so much, they forgot the american soldiers who lost their lives there, they lost it againstthe fascists, the germans, not against the socialist of russia. today is not party mentioned in russia. has nothing to do with the russia party. host: that is connie. one of the fox news affiliates reporting on last night's speech saying it was the president inviting some previously unannounced guests, choosing to honor world war ii veterans and the second man to walk on the moon. sergeantirst class riley -- sergeant hermon were seated together in the house chamber and they rose at the president's mention of their service. the president spoke early in his
address about the world war ii veterans who participated in the day and recounted the 15,000 american men that jumped from the sky and 60,000 who stormed the sea to save our country from tyranny. john in california. caller: i just want to say the president's speech was outstanding. i think he is really starting to get it together in his public presentations. remembered?be i think that was the basic theme and i thought that was a powerful message. as far as the gals in white, they just look creepy and cultish. trump handled them very well. he was masterful. he praised them, he took away what they were trying to represent and he praised them for it.
they were applauding and cheering. it was very well done. a lot of the folks -- a lot of the trump haters are going to say the same things they always say. i felt he is really trying to bring everybody together. he is willing to compromise and i think he is going to lead us in a positive direction. host: the women have, -- come up in discussion many times. the president addressed them in the larger context of how women benefit from a thriving economy. [video clip] >> as we work to defend our people's safety, we must also ensure our economic resurgence continues at a rapid pace. no one has benefited more from a thriving economy than women, who the newlyd 58% of created jobs last year. [applause]
[chanting "usa"] >> that is great. very great. congratulations, that is great. as part of our commitment to improving opportunity for women everywhere, this thursday, we are launching the first ever governmentwide initiative focused on economic empowerment for women in developing countries. host: more of that speech available at c-span.org. a story talks about the suffragette movement. --en a suffragist
suffragists carefully picked their colors. the outfits of purple and gold over white dresses were intended to look appealing in a newspaper photographs according to historians. the white was intended to look nonthreatening so people would have a harder time criticizing the appearance as aggressive or masculine. go to new york next, independent line and we will hear from rob about the state of the union yesterday. go ahead. caller: good morning, pedro. i wanted to thank c-span for network.n your i thought that was the high point of the evening. nancy looks awful. her face was contorting and i goingsee the shifty-ness
on between her and the rest of the democrats. abrams looks like she is two french fries short of a stroke. most unhealthy woman i have seen -- okay. you are on. caller: thank you, c-span, for giving me a chance. on the president's address, he is hollering about criminal investigations and everything are and democrats supposedly investigating him and his administration or whatever. either -- is time he he says he can shut down the government or whatever. and submit go ahead
his tax returns and everything else for criminal investigation also. speech lasthe night, what was something that stood out? caller: that stood out the most this country seems to be in turmoil over who is in charge. nobody is saying they are in charge. i respect the president, i always have. i worked in government for 22 years, i should know. i always respect my bosses down the line. int: that is gene indianapolis. mike is next in maryland, go ahead. caller: that was a wonderful speech. i cannot even see what the democrats could offer the
american people. drugsre for open borders, , killing babies inside and outside of the womb. host: what was wonderful about it? caller: it showed american power , finally. it wasn't an apology or saying i was -- i am sorry, it was a speech of togetherness. you cannot get by the fact democrats are not for anything such as -- except for horrible things like socialism. as a woman from spain that's not a socialism was not a national priority, they were joined by the democrats -- the socialists and communists. socialists.olutely they believe in government control. host: maria is next in massachusetts, independent line. caller: good morning. i wanted to complement the
president of the united states. i think his speech was absolutely amazing. at the end of the day, if you ever have any questions about his motives, it is simple to just watch that and see this poor guy is trying to do his job and he is doing a wonderful job and i don't understand why everyone is all over him. i did not appreciate that nancy lady being the bully of the ring that is against him. i don't understand why everyone gives him such a hard time. host: from the speech last night to the idea of motive, give me an example of the speech last night that demonstrated the president motive? caller: his closing speech was absolutely reenergizing. host: how so? caller: how so?
i never felt so american like i have after watching that speech. host: that is maria in massachusetts. emma kratz line. -- democrats line. mike, thank you for calling. go ahead. caller: good morning. thank you for having me. everybody talking about the women in white, all i saw was a bunch of beautiful women dressed in white, the idea that -- i thought it was a good speech and if the republicans bad, buy border wall bonds. it would be a good idea. host: when it came to the speech, give me a specific. caller: he stood strong. he wants to make this country great. host: that is mike in minnesota.
justices -- out of the justices who attended, only 4 making that trip. , elena kagan are planning to join the president's two appointees. ruth bader ginsburg will not be attending. she attended a concert monday night appearing at a public event for the first time since she had cancer surgery in september. several justices in recent years -- abert litan to the event to political pep rally in 2010. stephen breyer normally attends, but the court says he is out of the country. designated survivor selected before the speech last night was
rick perry. this is from north carolina, independent line. rob is next. caller: thank you for taking my call. this is a glorious day to be in the united states. i totally agree with maria from massachusetts. i could see the earnestness of the heartfelt -- it might have --n a crafted speech, but all those people who hate trump, mr. trump is not a republican hardliner or republican all his life, he was democrat part of his life. the fellow that called in and said the women in white on the democratic side reminded me of the kkk, i live in eastern north carolina and i saw the dour look on all the people -- all the women in white, they sat on their hands, they had real sour, looks onhreatening their hands and nancy looked like the wicked witch of the
west, the grand dragon that only let them stand up when they would clap for themselves. host: a lot of different types of calls for this first 45 minutes on the president's state of the union. we are planning on getting a reaction for all three hours of the program until 10:00 when the house of representatives comes in. you can call on the phone lines and post on social media. from sherry on our twitter feed saying when it comes to the president's speech, he covered every issue. impressed. gerrymander saying it was fluff and kabuki mixed with mirror and lies. twitter is available as well as our facebook page. let's go to eli in michigan,
republican line. you are next. 3 lines that impressed me during trump's speech. he said "america was founded on liberty and independence and not government domination and control. we were born free and we will stay free. we renew our resolve america will never be a socialist country." he is right and i commend him for that. we are never going to be socialist or fascist. the goal of fascism and socialism is the government control and that is the opposite direction president trump is taking this country. host: jimmy in texas, democrats line. caller: good morning. nice to talk to you. i want to say about the young ladies who were dressed in white, i don't think the president understands what he saying about the ladies that
got more employment this year. he is saying he is the reason they are in there, because of him and that is the employment they got because they run against his goals. jimmy dropped off. we will go to ralph in new jersey, independent line. caller: good morning. with respect to the gentleman before me who claimed we will never be a socialist nation, we already are a socialist nation. states that receive more money from the government than they give back in taxation. what about the farmers in iowa that receive benefits from the president most recently because of his tariffs with china? these are all examples of socialism that already exist within our government.
to say we will never be a socialist nation is absurd. with regard to his continued , toer about illegal aliens the folks that were there as his killed by a son was drunk driver that happened to be an undocumented alien. the gentleman was not drunk because he was an undocumented alien. this is the kind of logic that seems to have permeated our discussions in the media and time weedia and it is had a little more critical thinking and a little more logic back in our discussions. host: that is ralph in new jersey. a some other reaction from state of the union including mark meadows saying what a powerful state of the union address from the president honoring the greatest generation and reminding americans to embrace the opportunities ahead.
our democrats more instead in attacking the president or working together for america's people? cory booker announced an interest in the run for presidency tang it takes -- saying it takes more than a nod and a speech bring our country together. the president spent the last two years trying to drive us apart. this from another presidential candidate, kiersten gillibrand of new york. here are her thoughts on the state of the union address and you can find some of her thinking on that. john hickenlooper, governor of colorado saying president trump may have spoken of unity, but it was stacey abrams that embodied it. the president pots -- the president's speech and stacey available onnse our website. we will show you portions as the morning goes on. for our program today, we are
getting your reaction to it. in indiana, marvin, republican line. caller: thank you for having me on. the state of the union was a perfect speech, i believe, because he spoke about everything from abortion to the wall, which i am tired of hearing about the wall. i am a republican, but if he is not going to get the money, move on to other business. my most favorite part of the speech would have to be at the end where he recognized all the world war ii veterans. it's about time they get recognition. host: the other people milling about the state of the union area saying it was a couple of hours before the main event, a smattering of minor celebrities. chris evans was there out of uniform and so was jose andres who clashed with the president over the president's comments about undocumented immigrants.
mike lindell, a trump fan who refused to join the boy count -- boycott of the laura ingraham show. .here was donald trump junior it also highlights the fact one of the representatives, democrat from maryland lingered outside the chamber until right before the speech began so he could "get the worst seat in the house." he knew no matter what the president said, it would not be the true state of the union. democrats line, devon, good morning. caller: good morning, pedro, it is always a pleasure to watch the show in the morning. i did see the speech last night. it was a very good one. i am a democrat. i did appreciate the speech. one of the things i was actually hoping he would press was the
significant increase in the minimum wage because the current federal enema wage cannot support anything. you cannot -- federal minimum wage cannot support anything. you cannot support your family or take care of yourself. i hope with his tenure, he addresses that. i was disappointed he did not anniversary400 year of slavery in this country. i was hoping he would take this opportunity to really address make some amends with the african-american community to address that. that was the perfect stage to do that. host: stan is next from florida. independent line, hi. caller: good morning. i have been listening to state
of the union speeches since jfk and in my opinion, this was the greatest state of the union speech i have heard since jfk's state of the union. it is apparent to me at this point there is nothing this president can do that can change the minds of the democrats. this country is split. he has offered an olive branch. unfortunately, this has become a .olitical -- battle of power that is the way it is. this was a magnificent speech. if anybody wants to see where we are headed, you should read "in dubious battle," which was president obama favorite book of all time. host: what do you make of some of the criticism saying the president's rhetoric last night doesn't match the president's rhetoric on a day to day basis? state: i think this was a
of the union where the president tried to unify the country, basically pending a message saying i want to work with you, let's forget what happened in the past and sit down and negotiate. democrats are not buying it. i will give you one ridiculous example because i like to listen to all the channels. all rachel maddow could talk about was the syntax and grammar of the speech. so happens, i was an english major in college. i would say my grammar is fairly good. i don't know what she is talking about. everybody on the other channels, cnn and msnbc are going berserk over the speech and looking to criticize. i think it's time the country pulled together. after listening to the speech and the comments on the speech and hearing what chuck schumer said today, there is no way this
president or any president or any republican could pull this country together. we have become divided and i truly believe we are headed toward socialism. tot: since you compared him jfk, specifically what about it rises to the level of speeches by jfk? caller: you are testing my age, here. union,irst state of the he spoke about a new frontier. he spoke about bringing everybody together and working as one country. jfk was able to unify the country. i happen to have been a big fan of his. jfk was about unification and bringing people together with his personality and with the way he approached thanks. i think the speech of president trump, i think possibly he was trying to emulate jfk and good for him. int: let's hear from gwen
detroit, michigan, democrats line. gwen in detroit, hello? caller: i am here, can you hear me? host: go ahead, please. caller: okay, pedro, i did not like the speech. he started off talking about us getting along and everything else, but it was riddled with divisiveness. it was riddled with that. host: how so? and -- host: when you say it was riddled with divisiveness, give me an example. caller: an example? iranismantlement of the , he is noteement listening to his commanders.
it is a bunch of things he says he wants to get along with everybody, but his actions speak louder than his words. he can get up there and give a nice speech, but he is not trying to do that. my main point is that he knows he could not get the wall through the republicans or either it was a strategy because he could have done it then because -- when the republicans had control of the house. they strategically wanted to wait because they knew a wave was coming through the he wanted to wait until democrats were in control and put the issue on them, knowing they did not want the wall, that is the divisiveness right there. debbie ins go to pennsylvania, republican line. caller: good morning. i have to agree so much with the caller from jfk.
this donald trump derangement syndrome that affects so many democrats/socialists. it could have announced he cured cancer and these people would despise him. americans by and large want freedom. we reject socialism because we see where that road leads. the best point i thought trump made it -- i am a republican, but i happen to be a sort of liberal socialist republican. i am a fiscal conservative. when donald trump used the word execute for babies, he was absolutely right. we have two states calling for babies to be murdered while they are being born or soon after. if that doesn't shake us to the core that we are prepared to murder babies i don't know what will. embarrassed to be a woman
last night with nancy pelosi's deplorable, rude, ignorant, petty havey or. it was disgusting -- petty behavior. it was disgusting what she did. she showed no respect for her position, the president's position. host: when it comes to nancy pelosi's behavior, how did she do that? caller: i wanted to vote for someone who is qualified and whose beliefs i share. they absolutely made me embarrassed. host: for the first hour of the program, we have taken your calls, tweets, and facebook .osting some other people bringing up various things that go along with the speech. 202-748-8001 for republicans. 202-748-8000 for democrats.
independents, 202-748-8002. @cspanwj is our twitter feed and our facebook page, facebook.com/cspan. the opioid crisis, veterans affairs accountability and criminal justice were all themes of the president's speech last night. here is a bit of that. [video clip] >> on friday it was announced we added pres. trump: on friday it was announced we added almost double the number of jobs expected. [applause] pres. trump: an economic miracle is taking place in the united states, and the only thing that can stop it our foolish wars, ridiculous partisan
investigations. [applause] pres. trump: if there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation. it just doesn't work that way. home tobe united at defeat our adversaries abroad. this new era of cooperation can start with finally confirming the more than 300 highly qualified nominees who are still stuck in the senate, in some cases years and years, waiting. not right. [applause]
pres. trump: the senate has failed to act on these nominations, which is unfair to the nominees and very unfair to our country. now is the time for bipartisan action. believe it or not, we have already proven that that's possible. in the last congress, both parties came together to pass unprecedented legislation to , afront the opioid crisis sweeping new farm bill, historic va reforms, and after four decades of rejection, we passed va accountability so that we can finally terminate those who
mistreat our wonderful veterans. [applause] pres. trump: and just weeks ago, both parties united for groundbreaking criminal justice reform. host: that full speech at www.c-span.org. some of the headlines from across the united states this morning, "the denver post," "the president wants the end of resistance politics." "trump --f a times," times," " trump's hard-sell of one nation."
those are just some of the things you can see watching the speech at www.c-span.org or getting reaction from the remaining two hours of this program. this is from charlotte, on the ohio independent line. caller: thank you for taking my call. host: go ahead. expressi just want to how much i really enjoyed hearing this speech. i think the president did a very good job presenting what his agenda, what his goals are, and i think he was trying to reach across the aisle in a lot of ways. i really don't see how anything can be done much working with the democrats because they just sat on their hands most of the time. appalling islly that you are not just talking about abortion. you are talking about infanticide. late term abortions. it is horrendous because the baby feels pain, and we wouldn't
want to do that too little, innocent little puppies and kittens or anything in the womb like that. and they are wanting to do that to human beings. these women and white, they just care about what they want. but they are ruthless. the looks on their faces were just sour and awful. it is just a shame. i can't believe what the democratic party has sunken to this level. host: duane is next from buffalo, new york. democrats line. hi. caller: hello and good morning, pedro. i just want to first make a comment regarding the women in white and the general consensus that it was something derogatory. i mean, what it demonstrated to me was merely women exhibiting some type of solidarity for suffrage and the empowerment of
women, and for so many callers to call in and degrade that movement is just mind-boggling to me. the one caller that made reference to the kkk, an organization that is probably noted as one of the most hateful, derogatory, and reprehensible organizations in this country, to make that comparison is a rather shallow thought to me. a couple of other points, and then i'll move on because i know you have other c -- other caller. the president, when he made reference to the booming economy , the economy i would assume meeting money, he prefaced that -- or after that, he subsequently said in connection with that about the partisan and ridiculous investigations. here's how i define that. he says don't worry about these
investigations because of all of the money that the government is now making for this country. so however we get this done, don't worry about if it's been illicit or illegal activity. just be mindful of the fact we are making money. that in itself, to me, is criminal in thought. my last point would be just in reference to a key point of the makee sotu, that he didn't reference to domestic violence at all. he made reference to illegal aliens coming to this country and creating crimes, murder, drugs, et cetera. but the one thing he did not mention was the mass killing's that have taken place in this country. that is domestic violence that clearly needs to be addressed. host: ok. let's go to daniel, new york, republican line. caller: hello, sir. thank you for this opportunity. i appreciate what you guys are doing for the american people
for allowing us to speak out. first of all, i would like to say that we as americans all have a duty to research who we put in office. because theof torn investigation should go beyond the president before you put him in office. it should be on the people we are putting in office below him. we the people want to complain about this. he's concentrating less about himself on his speech, rather than concentrating on himself, he concentrated more on the people. host: since we were talking about the speech, what were your impressions of it? caller: my impressions of the speech was i feel anybody can get up there and do a speech. , whether it getting is off the teleprompter or it is memorized, it is something that
-- you have to do your research to know what this person stand binds -- stands behind. it is not about the issues in the country. this is about the president and what has torn this country apart. basically i feel that people are more concentrating rather than issues on their party. host: ok. we are concentrating on the state of the union from last night. because shots -- you can make your thoughts towards that on the phone lines, facebook and twitter. this from twitter. watch live.er to more lies the normal. " "it may be proud to be an american." "more promises the president
won't deliver on, believe me." youfrom nelson carolina, are on -- from north carolina, you are on. caller: i watched the speech that may be the state of the union address is totally irrelevant. there was nothing new in that speech. there was little in detail or specifics in the president's proposals. it is really scripted theater. everybody has their role to play. the ladies in white had their role to play. the president played his role. the speaker played her role. republicans and democrats played their role, and as soon the speech was over they went back to their talking points. you are hearing them a lot on your show this morning. people are calling in and giving talking points. listen to the state of the union 1918 for the first
time because of world war i. i don't think the state of the union address has any relevance anymore. trump would have been better off sending the speech to congress. host: would you say that about state of the union speeches in the modern era, going back the past couple of administrations? or are you just particularly focused on this one? caller: no, it has been a long, evolving process where you , and it hase guests really become a show. it is less information than show. host: ok. from illinois, democrats line, betty is next. caller: good morning, pedro. first of all, i want to say that trump did not write this speech. someone else wrote the speech for him. not like president obama wrote a lot of his speeches. i noticed that melania, they didn't introduce her guest, the little boy that is supposed to
have been bullied because his last name was trump. everybody else was introduced, but the little boy that was bullied. republicans worry about the babies in the womb, but when the kids get here they don't care nothing about them. so i didn't enjoy the speech. like i say, he didn't write the speech. it was wrote for him. god bless america. thank you. host: that is betty in illinois. the editors of "the washington examiner" this morning write this when it comes to last night's state of the union speech. "if trump could only show this side of himself more often, he would have a 57% approval rating today instead of 57% disapproval rating. he has himself to blame for his situation. possesses the he
skills to change the game in his favor. if he can show that restraint and discipline in the state of the union speech, he will drastically advance his cause as he seeks reelection over the his cause as he seeks reelection over the next two years.." "democrats have overtly embraced objectively horrific positions on abortion until birth at only 13% of the public agrees with. their party has also been lurching towards socialism at a very and opportune time even as the failed ideology has brought venezuela to its knees."
"trump can't let go of his obsession. thehe speech, he repeated warning that as we speak, large organized caravans are on their march to the united states. the wall remains paramount for him. simply put come up walls work, and walls save lives. he could have been addressing a campaign rally." times" the "los angeles editors ' thoughts. brenda, your next. caller: thank you. i thought the president's speech was excellent. i thought he touched on all of the things he's been doing. i liked the way he wove his stories,o his success the early release prisoner that was there, the woman alice.
i just thought it was excellent. it was very americana. if you didn't feel proud to be an american after that speech, i don't know when you ever will be. host: independent line, mike is next from brooklyn. hello. caller: good morning. thank you. i've got an overall point, and then a couple of good and couple bad. the speech was definitely more rick until you to then the tone trump usually -- more conciliatory then the tone trump usually uses. i feel he is taking the heat from the democratic house and preparing for the next election. that is why the speech was a shift to the center. that is my opinion. the chinese points on tariffs, i think those are overshadowed by all the money that we borrow from them in the debt that we owe them. we are going to owed them to trillion dollars in the future. we've got to stop -- oh them --
$2 are going to owe them trillion in the future. the point about the mueller investigation and the speech, i thought that was completely inappropriate. he does not have any place bring the investigation in his state of the union. that is about the state of his administration. i thought trying to take the country off of the endless war footing was a good point. we've been on war footing for 20 years. we have to come down from that. host: ok. you made plenty of points. we need to move on. this is from our twitter ,eactions, kamala harris democrat senator from california. "the cost of prescription drugs are too high in our country. we need to act to reduce prescription drug cost so no
family will have to choose between life-saving medication or putting food on the table." holy and castro, also interested -- julian castro, also interested in running for the presidency, "we must invest better in the people of our military, improving the v.a., housing and educational opportunities, not only in the machinery and of our military." democrat kelsey -- democrat , "northbbard of hawaii korea will look at president's promises." as empty that speech also announcing that on the 27th and 28th of this month, the president will meet with the north korean leader in vietnam. that is part of what happened as part of the state of the union last night. also the president used part of his speech to address the united states interest in china.
here's a bit from last night. [video clip] pres. trump: we are now making it clear to china that after years are targeting our industries and stealing our intellectual property, the theft of american jobs and wealth has come to an end. [applause] pres. trump: therefore we recently imposed tariffs on $250 billion of chinese goods, and now our treasury is receiving billions and billions of dollars. but i don't blame china for taking advantage of us. i blame our leaders and representatives for allowing this travesty to happen. i have great respect for president xi, and we are
working on a new trade deal with china. but it must include real structural change to end unfair trade practices, reduce our chronic trade deficit, and protect american jobs. [applause] pres. trump: another historic trade blunder was the catastrophe known as nafta. women oft the men and michigan, ohio, pennsylvania, indiana, new hampshire, and many other states whose dreams were shattered by the signing of nafta. for years, politicians promised them they would renegotiate for a better deal, but no one ever
tried until now. u.s.-mexico-canada agreement, the usmca, will replace nafta and deliver for american workers like they haven't had delivered to in a long time. i hope you can pass the usmca into law so that we can bring back our manufacturing jobs in even greater numbers, expand american agriculture, protect intellectual property, and ensure that more cars are proudly stamped with our four beautiful words, "made in the usa." [applause] pres. trump: tonight i am also
asking you to pass the united states reciprocal trade act so that if another country places an unfair tariff on an american them thewe can charge exact same tariff on the exact same product that they sell to us. [applause] pres. trump: both parties should be able to unite for a great rebuilding of america's crumbling infrastructure. [applause] pres. trump: i know that congress is eager to pass an infrastructure bill, and i am eager to work with you on
legislation to deliver new and important infrastructure investment, including investments in the cutting edge industries of the future. this is not an option. this is a necessity. host: again, more of that speech available at www.c-span.org. from new hampshire, democrats line, john is next. caller: yes, good morning. i appreciate you taking my call. checksing the fact regarding his speech, he got literally i think eight pinocchios concerning topics he raised and items he disclosed that weren't factual, concerning the industry, jobs in the midwest and so forth.
the trade deficit has tripled. it has not gone down. like the jobs report, for example. you have people getting second and third jobs. that's why the job report looks the way it does. it is kind of a falsehood. i just wish trump would actually tell the truth and facts, but he does not. he exaggerates. it has been proven in the fact checking of his speech last night. host: renee in kansas city, missouri on the republican line. caller: thank you for taking my call. i called in in regard to the angel family that was there last night. you had a caller earlier that was kind of condescending about the reasoning, saying that the thatal alien was here and the girl was killed by a drunk
driver, and that he happened to be undocumented, but that he wasn't drunk because he was undocumented, or because he was an illegal alien. he was really condescending about it. i wanted him to realize that what we are seeing is that -- we are saying that he don't think he is drunk because he is here illegally. the reason saying is that the crime occurred at all is because he's here illegally. if he wasn't here illegally, he never would have been in the car and driving drunk. host: the pole of fact -- the goes throughbsite some of the topics and themes in the state of the union last night and walked through them, starting with immigration. "in the past, most of this room voted for a wall, but the wall never got built. i will get it built."
politifact adding that this lacks context. was different from the wall trump promised to build on the campaign trail. it earned the support of just over half of senate democrats, including minority leader chuck schumer, but many house democrats, including current speaker need people oc, voted against it -- nancy pelosi, voted against it. there is no national database on murders committed by immigrants in the country illegally. there's also no national data or study tracking the nationality of the victims, according to experts. while some here illegally have committed murders, researchers have reported that immigrants are less likely to engage in criminal behavior than the nativeborn population." mike is in florida, independent line. caller: yes, pedro. good morning.
the problem is the republicans, and even some of the democrats, what they don't understand, this is trump trying to take credit for everything. the country, even the -- [indiscernible] andcountry makes mistakes you go back and correct mistakes. if you didn't make it, you know how to correct it. if you are driving from l.a. to theyork and a person takes wheel in new jersey, and then you go to new york and said i drove all the way from california, no. give the other person who drove all this distance credit. he doesn't. host: steve in kentucky, democrats line. caller: hello. how are you this morning? i have a couple of things to say. first of all, i watched the
speech last night. i sat through it. i find it hilarious that mr. trump wants to talk about civilized bipartisanship when just the day before, he was bad mouthing the late senator john mccain and chuck schumer. i don't know if you had heard about that are not. that he, i noticed also seemed to be focusing more on his republican audience instead of addressing everybody in general. as far as this criminal justice reform bill that he was referring to that both parties had passed, you know, i'm against it, and i'll tell you why. how can we talk about reforming the criminal justice system when we have a president and his family who think they are above the law? i don't understand that at all. we have checks and balance systems in our country for a reason, and mr. trump doesn't seem to understand that, and his
supporters don't seem to understand that either. these investigations would not be going on to begin with unless mr. mueller, who is an upstanding republican, not a democrat, who is investigating this. as far as the immigration and the wall, how can he sit here and talk about how bad immigrants are in this country when he himself has just been firing illegals from his club the past two months? he has been benefiting from this himself. mr. trump and his supporters need to understand something else. mr. trump is of german, irish, and scottish extraction. two of his three brides are immigrants themselves. his mother was a proud scots woman. if it wasn't for immigration policy in this country, he and his family would not have been able to come to this country to begin with. host: we will leave it there. the president did bring up the idea of illegal immigration during the speech in context of
what he'd like to do with it, with a border wall and other things. here is some of that from last night. [video clip] pres. trump: no issue better, streets the divide -- no issue better demonstrates the divide between the working class than illegal immigration. wealthy donors push for open borders while living their lives behind walls and gates and guards. [applause] pres. trump: meanwhile, working-class americans are left to pay the price for mass illegal immigration, reduced jobs, lower wages, overburdened schools, hospitals that are so crowded you can't get in,
increased crime, and a depleted social safety net. tolerance for illegal immigration is not compassionate. it is actually very cruel. [applause] -- one in three women is sexually assaulted on the long journey north. smugglers use migrant children as human ponds to exploit -- human pawns to exploit our laws and gain access to our country. human traffickers and sex traffickers take advantage of the wide open areas between our ports of entry to smuggle thousands of young girls and women into the united states, and to sell them into
prostitution and modern-day slavery. of thousands of innocent americans are killed by lethal drugs that cross our border and flood into our cities, including heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl. host: from columbus, ohio, republican line, nancy is next. caller: thank you for taking my call. i thought that president trump did a good job vocalizing his accomplishments and his goals for the office. i especially appreciated the ending of his speech. as for nancy pelosi, i know it is very difficult for the opposition party to sit behind the other person who is making the speech, but what i found was distracting was her constantly reading those papers, whatever they were, while she was sitting behind him. host: baltimore, maryland.
we will hear next from isaac, independent line. caller: thanks for taking my call. hello? host: you are on. caller: ok. let's start with the positives. i thought the positive about donald trump's speech last night was that he was very articulate, and that was actually the most articulate and coherent i've heard him speak since his time as president. that i found very refreshing. with that being said, unfortunately his speech was extremely divisive, and is continuing the narrative of picking and choosing what matters to him personally versus what matters to the american public as a whole. host: ok. that is isaac in maryland. cbs news has some of the first polling from the address that took place. this is from their website, saying that 76% of americans who tuned into the president's state
of the union address tuesday approved of the speech he gave, just when he 4% disapproved. , as often is the case, the people who watched tonight's speech leaned more toward the president's own party when it comes to party identification among speech watchers. saying thatlicans they approved of the president's speech, 24% of democrats, 30% of independents. the story adding that while 97 -- sorry, when it comes to those who approved the speech, 97% of republicans did, 30% of democrats, and 82% of independents. more of that available at cbs as part of their cbs yugo pole. cynthia in virginia, democrats line. hi.er: how are you.
i feel that this whole state of the union is so sad right now. we are watching the speech and hearing this president say things -- i don't want to bash the president or republicans. i am a democrat, but not because i hate republicans and everything they stand for. it is just him talking about partisanship, and he is the main perpetrator about that. every speech is about democrats are doing that and that. he is not the president of the united states. he is the president of the republican party, and it is very sad to me. i have republican friends i love dearly. i have tons of democrat friends who didn't watch the speech because we are tired of the same thing. i am not trying to offend anyone. it is just the truth. all the facts he spewed about el paso, crime going down because of the wall, the sheriff of el paso has spoken and said that is just not true.
paso's safety has not been tremendously affected by the wall and all of these things. it is just really sad. it just make me sad that we have this person that will get up there and say what makes people happy and appeases the country for five minutes, and then goes back to totally caring people apart. host: ok. that is cynthia from virginia. newsbertram from fox offers this tweet about the speech last night. "it ran an hour, 22 minutes, and 27 seconds. was interrupted 98 times. in the president's previous speeches, they averaged more than 70 minutes." steve is from texas. caller: i am a 21 your disabled veterans who uses the v.a. -- a 21 year disabled veteran who
uses the v.a., and it is amazing what trump has done for the v.a. system. it is night and day from two years ago. for these democrats to sit on their hands and not applaud something that helps disabled democrats and republicans is very sad. the other thing i'd like to mention real quick is that these late-term abortions -- like i said, i'm not religious, and i agree with women's rights. if they want to have an abortion in three or four months, that is their choice. but it gets to nine months, i don't longer think that is a woman's choice. that is a human rights choice. i would like to ask each one of these democrats if they believe in that because to me, i think that is really sick. i appreciate your time today. host: anthony is next from pennsylvania, independent line. caller: good morning. thank you for taking my call. i think the president's speech was right on point across the board. unfortunately isaac a lot of people didn't watch the speech
in full -- i think a lot of people and watch the speech in full because one guy mentioned the president talked about the mystic crime. the last i knew, pittsburgh was in the united states. the tragedy that happened in pittsburgh and the police suffered injuries. people are so petty. this president has done so much. host: what was the standout moment in your mind? caller: the recognition of all those poor families that suffered the crimes from the people who shouldn't have been here, acknowledging all the veterans. his ability to stand up and control and that he's the commander in chief when he's been attacked from before. he became the president relentlessly. this is a maverick. seen nobody like
this to lift our country. up when we were almost done -- our country up when we were almost done. host: david curran on twitter says "there was nothing the speech about the deficit, gun violence, voter suppression, and the impact of the shutdown and climate change. it was a campaign speech. that's all. ." "it was exactly what i thought it would become of the state of delusion." "speaker pelosi should be reprimanded for her total disrespect during the state of the union. a shameful display." representative haley stevens on twitter also giving thoughts from last night. "i would have liked to hear more about public education, protecting students from gun violence, protecting our natural resources, and leading the future by investing in innovation and research."
al gore says "the president doesn't get it. solar and wind represent the fastest growing jobs sectors. there is a global sustainability revolution happening, and he is focusing about more dirty and outdated oil and natural gas products." withineement is totally reach with both the president and the democrats now agreeing the southern border needs more agents, technology and drones, more humanitarian assistance, immigration judges, and better screening at ports of entry to stop the flow of drugs." representative jared huffman includede speech "eight sodium plea -- a nixonian plea to end the investigations. ouruggested if we abandon constitutional duties, maybe he consider doing bipartisan stuff. then he resumed demonizing
immigrants, demanding a border wall, and accusing democrats of killing babies." caller: this is about sex trafficking and people stealing children for the southern border and crossing them over for slavery. these kids are not being brought that havee borders police checking vehicles. him needing more security on that border is for the sake of the children themselves. host: wisconsin, republican line. greg, go ahead. caller: good morning. a lot of good points being made here. the thing i took away from last night's speech is the democrats just don't want to cooperate. they don't want to compromise. they look foolish. nancy pelosi did come the women in white. they are representing everyone in the country. it is really getting pathetic to
see the democrats and the liberals not wanting to compromise and do anything to help us. host: when you say the women look foolish, what do you mean by that? caller: sour looks, sitting on their hands, not cheering for something so obvious that they should be cheering for. and this late-term abortion thing, if that is not going to divide the country even more come i don't get it. why are the democrats so hateful in the rhetoric? host: the initial reaction, republicans and democrats have done that for decades when it comes to these type of speeches. why highlight the women? caller: have we seen anybody in beyondt wear a uniform the supreme court justices? what are they trying to say? why did 30 women all wear white? host: they say they are highlighted the suffragette movement. caller: how many hundreds of years ago was that, pedro? come on. you are a liberal. i get it.
i'm not, and i thought what they were doing was an investment to the country. host: gina from virginia. caller: thank you for taking my call. i wanted to really say something that i observed. i am really sick of people bringing up this infanticide thing. everybody who has any opinion realizes that infanticide is definitely something that is heinous and should not be encouraged. but the truth of the matter is to people who are claiming be so against infanticide are no better than the people who are trying to do these late-term abortions. people whohe same would not spend a dime to save the same child who was saved if thes mother's womb
hostel administration came in and said your family cannot afford to pay the cost to save these children. donald trump will have you socialism fort is the government to come in and say we think that our people are valuable. host: ok. that is regina in virginia. when it comes to matters of infanticide, the president also addressing that during last night's state of the union. here is that portion of the speech. [video clip] pres. trump: there could be no greater contrast to the beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child then the chilling displays our nation saw in recent days. lawmakers in new york cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a
baby to be ripped from the mother's womb moments from birth. these are living, feeling, beautiful babies who will never get their chance to share their loves and their dreams with the world. and then we had the case of the governor of virginia, where he stated he would execute a baby after birth. to defend the dignity of every person, i am asking congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother's womb. [applause]
pres. trump: let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life. [applause] pres. trump: and let us reaffirm a fundamental truth. all children born and unborn are god.in the holy image of next we will hear from ida in orlando, florida. democrats line. caller: good morning. thank you. i'm calling in because i am trying to understand why men are
calling in and talking about the appearance of nancy pelosi, stacey abrams. how the women looked. two -- to me that is disgusting. it tells me they have a problem with women being in power. that is how i see that. the other thing that i want to say is that i believe that president trump is not the president of the united states. he is the president of a party. i have a problem with that. host: clarksville, tennessee. george on our republican line. caller: hi. i generally thought the speech was very positive in nature, but it kind of reminded me, if you will let me say, of an earlier time in my life. a place called checkpoint charlie, east germany. republicans on the western side in west germany.
sunshine, hope. then you walk through checkpoint charlie, as i had in my earlier life. gloom, doom, despair. that's what i saw in the spectators last night. host: how so? caller: if you walked through checkpoint charlie, you would know. it is a feeling that is hard to describe. host: but how is that demonstrated last night? caller: the feeling i got when watching the democrats is like when i walked in and saw the faces, the despair of the east berliners. when you walk back, you can feel it. sunshine, hope, dreams. to me, west berlin republicans, east berlin -- which, by the way, east berlin was the socialist part. worst. hate to see the it is very hard to describe, but
believe me, i've been there, and i felt it. if you ever walk through their, which you won't because it is not there anymore, you can feel it. host: one of the critics of the president last night was the former senator rick santorum, saying yesterday he thought the president's state of the union addressed "as probably the worst delivered speech he had seen donald trump give. it was light on domestic policy and not a big speech. he ran over his lines, mixed up and didn't deliver his punchlines. i don't think he realized he was moving onto the next issue. someone did a good job of breaking his speech, so we didn't know what to do. donald trump proposed eight the mystic policies, and to -- ofestic policies, and two those were child cancer and aids ." that is in "the hill" this
morning. we will hear from harry, independent line. caller: hi. good morning, everybody. thank you for c-span. i would like to say trump proved that he could read it helicopter. he's done that before -- a teleprompter. he's done that before. but i found most disgusting about the speech was the republican caucus in congress acted like a trump rally. it was really difficult to watch. i didn't watch it. i tried to listen. it was remarkable how it was so partisan. host: but isn't that the nature of these types of speeches with any party with the person in power? couldn't you say the same about the democrats when obama was in power? caller: no you cannot. i'm sorry, but it's just
stressing as can be. thank you. host: massachusetts is next. we will hear from shelley, democrats line. caller: hi. when i was watching the speech , i'mrday, and it was great kind of sad because everybody they't understand that kill babies after they are born. i think it is a mortal sin. thou shalt not kill. i should hope everybody agrees to it, they will be punished. can i say one more thing? host: quickly. caller: all right. pelosi's daughter had a baby yet nine months, and she didn't want it all the sudden -- host: greg is next from north carolina, republican line.
caller: good morning. c-span.u for i thought the speech was a good speech. bordered on a great speech. is tempo might be off a little bit, and i didn't think the sound was very good. it sounded a little muffled, a little tinny. but i thought it was a great speech. the democrats have a hard time looking in the mirror. i'm a socialist. i claim the socialist party. communists back, the and the socialists were one-party and they split. we were additionally going that way. host: when you say it was bordering on great, give me a specific line. what about the speech makes it so? caller: because he didn't antagonize anybody. he didn't poke anybody in the eye, ok? he talked about the greatness of america.
how we should look after ourselves first. order,ss about one world it's not good. look at europe. england wants to get out of it. host: i don't understand how that relates to state of the union, though. , like i say, he didn't poke anybody in the eye. he didn't antagonize anybody. he brought up some good points about child cancer. be againstossibly cancer prevention for children? who? host: let's go to kevin in virginia, independent line. we are getting reactions to the state of the union speech last night. kevin, go ahead. caller: hello. i thought the speech was fair for donald trump because he didn't really get out of hand, like the german said. he didn't -- like the gentleman
said. he didn't poke anybody in the eye. but everyone is harping on the women wearing white, calling them klansmen and stuff. there was a senator out of south carolina named sean berman. he was a democrat in 1964 after the voting rights bill and all of that was passed. he was on the republican convention in 1968. the republicans left the democrat party right after the civil rights voting act and all of that. they left the democrat party in droves. the congress someday may be majority women, and i think the guys harping on the women are insecure in the first place. host: ok. that is kevin from virginia. again, state of the union is our topic. (202) 748-8001 for republicans, (202) 748-8000 for democrats, independents (202) 748-8002. a little bit of news when it
comes to the potential of another government shutdown. cbs president mike pence on was asked if there was a guarantee that there would not be another government shutdown. here is some of the reaction from that interview. [video clip] >> can you guarantee there will not be another government shutdown? vp pence: i think our hope is that there is not, but i cannot make that guarantee. the simple truth is congress needs to do their job. the president laid out last night a commonsense approach to deal with what is a very real crisis on our southern border. a humanitarian crisis where the majority of people coming across our border our families and unaccompanied minors taken on a long and dangerous journey up the peninsula and the hope of being able to come into our country illegally and stay. the reality is there's also the security threat.
flowlow of narcotics, the of individuals with criminal backgrounds and gangs that come into our country. the president has made it clear. he's laid out a plan to secure elr border, to build a ste barrier in the 10 most important areas where we need it, to use additional technology to stop the flow of illegal drugs, additional border personnel to deal with illegal immigration and human trafficking, additional medical support to deal with the humanitarian crisis approaching our border. all of that is exactly what the american people want us to do. congress should come together and deliver that, and by delivering that, we not only can avoid a government shutdown again, but we can finally, after decades of looking the other way , we can finally take decisive steps to secure our border. host: again, that is the vice president from cbs in an
interview conducted this morning. sallyo, democrats line, -- from new mexico, democrats line, sally. go ahead. caller: yes. all of the people worried about the women in white and how they acted, clapping and not clapping in unison, the republicans were standing up and clapping in unison. i don't see the difference there. but the one thing that really bothered me about his speech was a lot of the things that some of your callers have already addressed about what was not included in the speech. but the one glaring thing that hurts my heart are the children that are still lost. how could we lose all those kids they swept up during that first round up of kids that they had several months ago? how could we lose track of them?
in this thing of protecting children, children and cancer, late-term abortions, why aren't we that concerned about these children that were ripped away from their parents? and they say they don't know where they are. host: ok. we will go to new york next, republican line. jim is next. caller: yes. the president last night extended an olive branch to both parties, democrats and republicans. he wants to work together. democratsoblem is the have such hatred for him personally, which is going to block any attempt to get anything done until they can look past that and try to work together but the president announced last night. that is what he's trying to do. he wants to unify. together.o work
until everybody comes together and decides to work together and put their personal differences aside, nothing is going to get done. host: from arizona, independent line. janie, good morning. caller: thank you, c-span, for having an unbiased channel. to me, i thought nancy was rude. her body language said a lot. looking at her papers constantly, sometimes being the last to sit down. one time when trump was talking about copper mice, she stood up, leaned over, and clapped emotionally in his ear. to me, republicans seem more logical based. democrats see more emotional based. the first person they asked was a democrat, booker, running for president in 2020. so of course he wasn't about to say anything positive. as far as trump with russia and china and north korea, isaac it is an old-school thing. keep your friends close and your enemies closer. i also want to say people expect
trump to be emotional, but he is a businessman. he wouldn't be as successful if he based things on emotions. as far as the caller who mentioned domestic violence in our country, to me i feel that is more of a mental health issue, and societies glorify mental health issues. for example, identity issues, which are, 12 diagnosis. saycrats hear trump illegal immigrants and pick and choose what they want to hear because they based things on emotion. host: ok. that is janie in arizona. for the last two hours, we have taken your calls, tweets, and facebook postings on the state of the union speech. we will do so for the next hour, leading into the house of representatives coming in at 9:00. if you want to give thoughts on the speech and the reaction it is getting, (202) 748-8001 for
republicans, (202) 748-8000 for democrats, and independents (202) 748-8002. independents.ost @spa you can see the speech in its entirety if you go to our website at c-span.org. you can also see the democratic reaction from stacey abrams. she delivered that from georgia. it occurred right after the president's speech last night. aboutf that speech talked the topic of unity. here's stacey abrams from yesterday. >> in this time of division and crisis we must come together and stand for and with one another. time andas stumbled again on its quest toward justice and equality. but with each generation we have revisited our fundamental truth and where we falter we make amends.
we fund jim crow with the civil rights act and the voting rights act. yet we continue to confront racism from our past and present which is why we must hold from the highest offices to our own families accountable for racist words and deeds and call racism what it is: wrong. america achieves a measure of reproductive justice in roe v. ite but we must never forget is immoral to allow politicians to harm women and families to advance a political agenda. we affirmed marriage equality and yet the lgbtq community remains under attack. am veryas i disappointed by the president's approach to our problems, i still don't want him to fail. we still need him to tell the truth and respect his duties and the extraordinary diversity that defines america.
our progress has always been find in our n-rescued in the basic instinct of the american experiment. commitment toewed social and economic justice we will create a stronger america together. because america wins by fighting for our shared values against all enemies foreign and domestic. that is who we are. waveringwe do so never , the state of our union will always be strong. host: mary gay scanlon saying only works for the people and it reflects the people. the headline of the wichita eagle this morning trump says investigations could derail progress. away from theake state of the union speech.
govern as one nation is what they write. state of the union address. and that's just some of the headlines on how it's playing out in papers all across the united states. we are getting your reaction as well. from maryland, democrat line. omar. go ahead. one thing i like about his speech yesterday is that he keeps himself calm. i think this is a good thing for him in comparison to other speeches. he did not repeat his words over and over again. bothers me when he uses cases to generalize. like this undocumented individuals that kills members of a family. i really felt so sorry for that family lost their loved ones. what he's doing is creating fears among neighbors about
people. immigrants come over here to work hard. some of them pay taxes and they will even get benefits. ofhis creating this image immigrants being criminals. that is not the case. we come over here to work hard, get a student loan, become professional and part of this society. so what donald trump is talking about is not us. host: let's go to remi in texas. independent line. caller: yes. because ig from texas live where trump visited. this is the safest city in the country. you can ask our mayor. we haven't had a murder. what i'm calling about is why isn't anybody talking about the
deficit? owe$22 trillion that we that no one is doing nothing about. they are kicking the can. nobody wants to pay that money andi think trump is wrong anybody who thinks he's doing good for the country is wrong. in trout filled virginia. caller: thanks for having me. the celebrity apprentice president did not get the memo that the state of the union is not the place to give a campaign rally speech. it was full of embellishments and half-truths all of it driven by this america -- imaginary border crisis. a bait and switch to keep us away from the deficit. thank you very much. int: the speech was given the shadow of the end of the government shutdown. the potential of another man --
another government shutdown as a possibility. the president addressed that during that speech last night. has sent tostration congress a commonsense proposal to end the crisis on the southern border. it includes humanitarian assistance, more law enforcement, drug detection at our ports, closing loopholes that enable child smuggling, and plans for a new physical barrier or wall to secure the best areas between our ports of entry. in the past most of the people in this room voted for a wall. but the proper wall never got built. i will get it built. [applause]
this is a smart, strategic, see-through steel barrier. not just a simple concrete wall. it will be deployed in the areas identified by the border agents as having the greatest need and whereagents will tell you walls go up, illegal crossings go way way down. [applause] san diego used to have the most illegal border crossings in our country. in response a strong security wall was put in place. this powerful barrier almost
completely ended illegal crossings. the border city of el paso, texas used to have extremely high rates of violent crime. in the entirehest country. and considered one of our nation's most dangerous cities. now immediately upon its building with a powerful barrier in place, el paso is one of the safest cities in our country. work and wallsls save lives. [applause]
so let's work together, compromise and reach a deal that will truly make america safe. host: gabrielle giffords on twitter saying that this is the state of america's gun violence crisis. thousands of people in america have been killed with a gun. there have been at least 3300 children shot and killed. over a thousand women shot by intimate partners. instead of manufacturing a crisis at the border president trump should commit to signing our bipartisan plan to keep government open. joe biden saying stacey abrams achieved in a manner of minutes something donald trump failed to do in an hour. to embrace and give voice to the spirit and core values that make america great. stacey abrams also getting some reaction off our twitter feed. saying it was
really good. the unchallenged assumption that stacey abrams represented the people which the election proved she did not. let's go to california. priscilla is next on the republican line. good morning. caller: oh my goodness. thank you for taking my call. i watch you every morning. this morning is extra special because i am so proud of our president. proud of the speech he made. he left nothing out. he addressed everything that we as americans should be concerned about. about my safety and i pray every night that god would just build a hedge of protection around him and give them the wisdom that he seemed to have. he sounds like a father who is anding us what's going on i'm just proud. it reminds me of president kennedy's speech, ask not what
your country can do for you but what you can do for your country. and our country needs fixing and he sees that. was the mostt beautiful speech. i'm 73 years old. i'm a black woman. but it's the most beautiful speech that i've heard from a president in my lifetime. host: john in michigan. independent line. caller: hello. i'm calling from michigan. i'm a youth mentor. i would just like to thank donald trump for taking the american people's interest into consideration and their safety in the way that he did and i would like to bring to the republicans and the democrats one thing. lincoln stated that a house divided will not stand. and we are watching on tv a house divided.
that's a problem that needs to be fixed right there on top of some other issues. the biased nest and the sarcasm. through the whole deal with president trump. i would just like to thank him and i would like the american people to reflect back on what abraham lincoln had said and done in his presidency. patty said, topped off the larrywatching -- and then jones off of facebook saying it was the greatest yet. going to do is not anything like the last 20 years. caller: hello. i know the president lies tremendously. the issue on abortion. that weticularly upset
constantly want to regulate what women can do with their bodies and we are still treating women like their property. wanted to come up with laws and regulations on what i could do with my genitalia i would be particularly upset. we need to leave morality with the churches and the people themselves because our country was originally founded on the separation of church and state. and this abortion issue needs to be out of our politics and back where it belongs with the people living their own personal guidelines. host: thomas is next from florida. go ahead. caller: good morning. trump -- decision is making but only because for his own country and people he doesn't care if other -- things or say about him.
people have occurred to humiliate him but he's not looking for a good name for himself. -- alwaysetter life seeing in his mind. so nobody cares about him from make america great again. so accusation or whatever. thank you. host: the new york times highlights some of the people. one of the highlights was to a man who survived the holocaust and the tree of life shooting in pittsburgh. timothy mathieu responded to the attack and was shot multiple times. the father of a navy seamen who was killed years ago in a terrorist attack. matthew charles was recently released from prison after turning his life around. ashley evans, a young woman
[singing happy birthday] happy birthday to you happy birthday to you happy birthday dear judah happy birthday to you ♪ [applause] >> thank you. [laughter] they wouldn't do that for me, judah. speech -- part of the all the rest of the speech available at c-span.org. saying steny hoyer donald trump used the state of the union to continue to mislead the american people. the only real immigration crises are the ones he himself has created. also rosa from new york adding that if trump were serious about protecting patients the
administration wouldn't be fighting in court to gut the affordable care act. let's go to michael in louisiana. go ahead on our independent line. caller: thanks a lot. i really appreciate your show and i watch it every day. i would just like to say that i think the president came out and tried to bring everybody together and i think he did a pretty good job. i thought everybody was coming together and i still think we have a little problem going on there but i guess at the end i -- he did his best. trying tok that he's do his best and people need to open their minds. and get off the premise of him being a racist. i'm a black person myself. i've than observing donald trump
throughout my life. i'm 58 years old. i never thought donald trump was a racist. thought he was anything that people say he is right now and i appreciate that he's andng to keep us sovereign keep us out of communism and keep us all together and i wish the democrats would come out and stop hating him so much so we can get on with our government and get on with our lives here in this country. host: that's michael in louisiana. ingrid in pensacola, florida. democrat line. caller: good morning. i look at several challenge -- channels. i finally saw and heard something from an intelligent judge on fox about the wall. 80% of the area is
an eminent domain. it's going through courts. and only 20% is going to need a and i haven't heard that from anybody. so all this bit about 2000 miles of wall it's an eminent domain. it's private property. carol is next. caller: what really is bothering me when the president is announced and comes in, he's shaking hands on both sides and the session is not supposed to be over until the president leaves and the speaker of the house closes the meeting.
what the democrats have done last year and this year is as soon as the president stops speaking they are out of there. so when the president is leaving they bring him around the other side because that side of the room all the seats are empty already. in other words the democrats don't wait for the president to leave which is the spent -- the respectful thing which has always been done. they screwed out of their before the president even leaves the room. all you see is empty seats for the democrats were sitting. meanwhile the president is still in the room. nobody did this for obama. everybody stayed with respect until the president left the room. i think it's disgraceful what the democrats are doing. it doesn't look good to our foreigners, to other american people that they have such
little respect for the president. hear from carmen in new jersey. independent line. >> hello. i just wanted to say i thought the president's state of the union speech was powerful. very good. the best i've seen in a long time. i'm going to be turning almost 60 years old soon. as far as this nancy pelosi, she was looking down at her notes. that's disrespectful. i think they ought to but out her and charles schumer from new york and let the president of the united states do his job and put that wall up. host: back to the speech itself, what made it powerful? he said he wants immigrants in the country but legally. bravo.
host: from west virginia. democrat line. stephen. caller: hay. i agree with some of the things that trump said but not about this wall. he's not going to get it. all he keeps on talking about is the wall. when the republicans were in charge of the house and everything before, he didn't get it. youuse democrats said aren't going to get it. democrats in charge of the house like they are he still isn't going to get it. host: what did you agree with him in the speech. -- speech? forer: to give money up people that have aids and stuff like that. i agree with that 100%.
-- that's the only thing i did like about it. host: let's hear from sylvia in virginia. republican line. we are getting reaction to the state of the union speech. go ahead. saw the speech in the eyes of my grandchild. she sat there. she's only seven. she said do you think i could be president of the united states? i said yes, anyone can. we thought the women in white were beautiful. even though i'm a republican i love nancy pelosi and i think they were trying to show unity except for some of the people on the democrat side. but i thought it was very inspirational in the eyes of a child. she doesn't know she wants to be a teacher or a president. you can be anything you want to be. she enjoyed it. why do yourepublican love nancy pelosi?
i respect her i know she's tried to reach on the other side of the aisle she shows unity and i think she's just great. and some of our republicans that didn't bother running. a lot of democrats filled that seat and i feel they just ran with their tail between their legs and i think we have to get along with both to get anything done. topics was thee politics of revenge and rejected most politics. >> we can make our community safer, our family stronger, agriculture richard -- our culture richer, and are middle-class more prosperous than ever before. [applause]
and unlock the extraordinary promise of america's future. the decision is ours to make. between greatness or gridlock. results or resistance. vision or vengeance. incredible progress or pointless distraction. their takeaways from the state of the union speech those comments about the politics of revenge going on to say he also extolled his achievement in accomplishing a measure of criminal justice reform. he also added plenty of rhetoric that cut the other way. he delivered a fiery attack on abortions. build a culture that cherishes innocent life. he cast his stance on immigration in stark terms.
meanwhile working-class americans are left to pay the price for mass illegal immigration. you see that speech at our website at -- c-span.org. if you want to watch a speech including the democratic response another person giving comment is senator patty murray. saying that with truth and passion stacey abrams shared a vision last night of our nations future building on fighting for our shared values and the uncool -- uncommon embrace of community. from washington state, margaret is next on our line for independents. good morning. caller: it's not so much about what he's said. it's what he didn't say. one of the questions i had was talking about the women and
late-term abortions. no woman ever wants an abortion. they want safe effective birth control so they never have to face that decision. he should have said offered affordable health care that provides women with prepregnancy options. he also talked about the oil energy being the largest in the world. no talk about green energy. there's a huge military buildup that only threatens to kill citizens from other countries. he's already got oil tankers ready to take out the oil in a tina. on countriesions that he considers socialist. remember it's only the population that suffers, not the government. host: this is the from bellevue. caller: i was terrified. i realized bernie made off had a
lot of people he fooled and donald trump is our bernie made off. madoff.e of oneive punishment undocumented immigrant does something wrong represents all of them. all the whole race. holmes or like jim adam lanza does something wrong it's the individual. and we are caught up in that and i'm just so surprised that we are not doing any critical thinking. i'm terrified. i'm watching handmaids tale take place in front of me. that apply to the state of the union last night? -- ir: in reference to don't want to use illegal aliens because no human is illegal. in reference to his comment about undocumented individuals.
and how his guest and creating this fervor of hate and fear. in our southern border. not our northern border but our southern border. a lot of people are falling for it. host: asked if she would join the crowded field of democrats the minnesota senator responded sunday come to boom island and you will find out. boom island is a minneapolis park on the mississippi river. she touted her wins in all eight thatessional districts election also saw democrats win a majority in the legislature for the first time in 2014.
from texas we will hear next from jeremy. republican line. caller: i'm right out here retired soldier. president seen the that's willing to be so vilified as trump. he says things that do make me cringe from time to time. have so manystand people can hate this man. he's got to make some of the toughest decisions that are needed at this time in our country and the fact that he's a vilified the way he is just shows me even more that he's making the right decision. when jesus came to the world people hated him. he offended people. but he did things that were great for the world. look what the whole christian religion did for the whole world if people want to hate on trump
or they want to vilify him they don't understand the decisions he's making for this country. the fact that he's willing to take that says a lot to me about this man and has integrity. he does say some things that offend people. he doesn't care what people think. i respect that. host: when it comes to the president's 2020 vision he used the speech to layout themes. a notable new twist that we will hear a lot about the campaign trail -- america will never be a socialist country. an official on the campaign told me -- elevated the wedge issue of socialism in a way nobody else could you republicans love the freeze-frame of democrats sitting emotionless when the president railed against late-term abortions.
a veteran of the last campaign told me that the president trying to frame 2020 as another election --nal that's mike allen this morning. c in crestview, florida. independent line. caller: good morning. thanks for taking my call. i just thought it was really funny that he made a point to say bipartisan investigations are also going to tear the country apart. when he ran his campaign on the promise of opening up another investigation with hillary's emails and everything and plus the several investigations that are currently going on. results and proved that there has been just not ethical stuff in his administration.
thought it was really strange that is something he would bring up to try to unify unify us by saying, don't investigate me. that's how we are all going to get along. host: from maryland in silver spring. jim. calling on the line for democrats. caller: kudos to you, pedro. i want to thank you for citing the reaction going on in the press that we can't see unless we watch c-span. what rick santorum said i agree with completely. i thought it was not a very good speech. i just wanted to say my own reaction, my own concern, i was very disappointed that the president would make so much of our safety and security with building the wall and yet gave not a single word, not one word
in his speech about global warming. about climate change. that's a threat to us and our children and our grandchildren. and not a single word about guns. a year and he's concerned about illegal immigrants who are less likely to commit violence against americans? it really upsets me. host: a representative weighing in on a tweet saying gun violence at the magnitude we currently witness is a distinctly american problem. not one single mention from the president last night at the state of the union. one thing he did mention was the middle east. in resolving issues there. what he sees as the future of america's role in the middle east. here's a portion of that from yesterday.
>> one of the most complex set of challenges we face is in the middle east. our approach is based on principle realism. not discredit the -- discredited theories that have failed for decades to your progress. administration recognized the true capital of israel and opened the american embassy in jerusalem. our brave troops have now been fighting in the middle east for almost 19 years.
in afghanistan and iraq. nearly 7000 american heroes have given their lives. havethan 52,000 americans been badly wounded. than $7spent more trillion in fighting wars in the middle east. i a candidate for president loudly pledged in your approach. great nations do not fight endless wars. when i took office, isis controlled more than 20,000 square miles in iraq and syria. just two years ago.
liberatedave virtually all of the territory from the grip of these bloodthirsty monsters. now as we work with our allies to destroy the remnants of isis it is time to give our brave warriors in syria a warm welcome home. accelerated our negotiations. to reach if possible a political settlement in afghanistan. side is also very happy to be negotiating. our troops have fought with unmatched valor and thanks to their bravery we are now able to pursue a possible political solution.
to this long and bloody conflict. in afghanistan my administration is holding constructive talks with a number of afghan groups including the taliban. as we make progress in these negotiations we will be able to reduce our troops presence and and wen counterterrorism will indeed focus on counterterrorism. we do not know whether we will achieve an agreement but we do know that after to get -- two decades of war, the hour has come to at least try for peace.
host: this is sarah sanders from the white house saying that president donald trump rises to the occasion, brings americans together behind a unifying message. says last night trump suggested that the congressional oversight of his administration will hurt our economy. that's. rooting out malfeasance is of vital to our democracy and prosperity. liz cheney off of twitter also this morning saying that things my democrat women colleagues .ouldn't clap for last night phil from texas is next. republican line.
caller: i wanted to talk about the jobs that are being produced. how manyly amazing jobs are being produced during this trump era. i was at one time a democrat and i'm not anymore because i can see the error that they are leaning toward and i'm real proud that the name of jesus christ is being proclaimed again. can talk about any other religion and there's no offense. it seems like today if you speak of jesus christ you are bad. look at hollywood. hollywood hates god. they have invited god out of youywood in california and see the turmoil it's in. that's all i have to say. host: paul is in illinois on the independent line. caller: thanks for having me. i just wanted to say that we
have a president giving a speech last night who even his supporters would agree is either a full-time or part-time liar. it's really kind of a theater of the absurd. really all of this has come about because we really have an utterly failed to party political system. both parties have failed the people. until we have a viable third party with a voice, these parties are going to continue to polarize the nation. host: what did you find at fault with the speech last night? caller: i'm in education. he didn't talk about education i don't think at all. sixth-graders who don't know the difference between north america and africa as
continents on a world map. our education system is utterly both elementary and secondary schools. to say nothing about higher education. we have the dumbing down of america. guys like this get in because people don't have the capacity to really think about where he's going. to isaac ingo michigan. caller: very nervous. first of all i would like to say i like the way you handled yourself about an hour ago when a guy accused you of being a liberal. you just sat there. silence is golden. that's basically what the women were doing last night during the speech. oo.y didn't b
and wearing white, i didn't know about the suffragette movement but i thought that was nice. i don't see how wearing a color could be offensive or distracting. i just remember watching president obama's state of the union and i remember supreme court judge samuel alito shouting out you lied. host: that was representative joe wilson of north carolina. caller: ok. thank you. well i'm nervous. but they were a lot more disrespectful to president obama and i agree with the last caller about independence. we definitely need to get together. speech last night with a soldier and i watched it with a trump supported in some
of the things that they talked about i agree with and some of the things we agreed with so thank you for taking my call. let's go to dolores in montana. republican line. hello. >> mike ullman on president trump's speech last night. i thought it was wonderful. he said everything that we needed to hear and i don't understand people with their blinders on and what they can't see what is going on. demdems are -- i've voted and i've voted republican and i voted trump. he's doing exactly what the people want him to do and what he was voted into do. dems are usinghe -- they areon
slowly for communism. this is ridiculous because some new people die for this country to keep us free. host: several reactions off of twitter last night. numbers usa singh last year's state of the union dealt more with broad issues of immigration. after long government shutdown -- understandable president thed try to -- chaos on southern border is a major problem. five topics we would like to see the president discuss during the address, e-verify, asylum reform, immigration judges, guest workers chain migration, border walls. there are other issues that ought to be addressed. singh stacey
abrams showed president trump what real leadership looks like. she was compelling and warm and caring about people. she knocked it out of the park. thette barragan saying president made no mention of climate change or how it is literally putting our health and environment at grave risk. the energy commerce committee will hold its first meeting on climate change where i will address its impact on communities of color. some of the twitter reaction from last night date of the union. you can participate and make your reaction known on twitter feed that c-span2 bj. the house comes in at 10:00 and we will take your calls up until that point. from jupiter, florida. john is next. independent line. caller: such an eloquent speech he had last night and enumerated all of his great accomplishments
and i find it difficult to believe that a true american could actually be a democrat today. it's just unbelievable to me. and i have as now long perspective of many decades to see what has been happening and i just can't see these democrats. they are just nasty, ruthless and disrespectful to our president. their actions and attitudes show they have little comprehension of history and worldly matters. host: jenniffer is next in maryland. democrat line. caller: good morning. thank you for c-span and for taking my call. i have a very brief statement. i am a democrat and a woman opposed to trump for many reasons. however, although i know and
support the basic premise of what the women in white stood for and/or opposed, it has 100% backfired and has made women sh,ear childish, clanni uncooperative, unqualified and unprofessional. women are capable and we could have shown strength and unity without the aggression. host: how did that happen last night? how was that demonstrated? caller: in my mind by the looks on their faces. i've never seen such -- it was embarrassing. host: from michigan, republican line. willy. you are next. go ahead. caller: good morning. i'm calling because of the immigrants. immigrants that have been in the united states since the
united states was thought about. they are still struggling. they've still got the judges doing dirty stuff to them. how do you judge who is accountable for all the dirty stuff for they do and the police and everybody. they stay doing dirty stuff to the citizens. what are the citizens supposed to do then? host: michael cohen's testimony that was expected on friday now inayed and him delaying that the entrance of the investigation. that until february the 28th. that's according to the house intelligence chairman adam schiff. from richard in new mexico. hello. independent line.
caller: i thought the speech last night was pretty good. on education or anything like that. that falls back to past presidents. trump, i voted for him. i wanted bernie but when he didn't win i went for trump because i like his idea. for these parties democrats and republicans -- it's been chaos in this country. long before trump even thought about running for president. i hear people call in and say it's the republicans fault, it's the democrats fall. it's all their faults. centers that have been there for 20 and 30 years and still can't solve the problems?
i truly believe in having term limits. host: as a bernie sanders supporter did you watch his response to the state of the union? caller: yes. i was embarrassed because these are top americans making great decisions for this country and like the previous caller said, they asked childish. they sit there and they are acting like high school kids because a girl don't like the way another girl is dressed in the face as they make. the world is watching this. how embarrassing can they be? post --ffington huffington post saying that bernie delivered a rebuttal to the president's state of the union.
sanders said at the top of the speech after offering congratulations to stacey abrams who delivered the democratic rebuttal. reporting that the president's first make america great rally of 2019 will be in texas. that is scheduled for monday in el paso. pennsylvania is next. david. hello. first let me say that you do a good job. thank you. speech that he put on last night was very good if you are a con man or used car salesman. because he just filled the air with the whole we've got to have a wall, we've got to do this. we've got to do that about the wall. there's other things involved in this country we've got to get taken care of which he is not doing. we've got to get school and back again, infrastructure back again. about the health care.
everything stopped all of a sudden. he's trying to brainwash people to go in for the wall. there's other things that we have to do, too. host: this is the president wrapping up his stated union, second-longest state of the union speech in modern political history. here he is wrapping up this idea about recognizing america and what it stands for. >> here tonight we have legislators from across this magnificent republic. come from the rocky shores of name. and the volcanic peaks of hawaii. from the snowy woods of wisconsin and the red deserts of arizona. the green farms of kentucky and the golden beaches of california. the mostwe represent
extraordinary nation in all of history. what will we do with this moment? how will we be remembered? i asked the men and women of this congress, look at the opportunities before us. our most thrilling achievements are still ahead. our most exciting journeys still await. our biggest victories are still to come. we have not yet begun to dream. whether we are defined by our differences or whether we dare to transcend them. we must choose whether we squander our great inheritance
or whether we proudly declare that we are americans. we do the incredible. we defy the impossible. we conquer the unknown. reignite theime to american imagination. this is the time to search for the tallest summit and set our sights on the brightest star. this is the time to rekindle the bonds of love and loyalty and every that link us together as citizens, as neighbors, as patriots. this is our future, our faith. and our choice to make. i'm asking you to choose greatness. no matter the trials we face.
no matter the challenge is to come. we must go forward together. we must keep america first in our hearts. we must keep freedom alive in our souls and we must always keep faith in america's destiny. mustone nation under god be the hope and the promise and amongght and the glory all the nations of the world. host: that will speech is available at c-span.org. debbie dingell represents the 12th district of michigan. today, friends know i would be in washington right now unless something was up. i'm home with john and we have entered a new phase. he is my love and we have been a team for newly 40 years. she's referencing john dingell.
92, was temporarily hospitalized in september after suffering a heart attack and was first elected to the house in 1955. it goes on from there, doesn't necessarily explain the nature of the tweet it was sent. that was from debbie dingell. representative of michigan. today hasam of ours taken a look at the state of the union speech. one more quick call. joe from alabama. republican line. caller: the democrats on the tv, trump has only been in office two years and most democrats
have been in office for 10 to 20 years and people talk about the deficit, high prescription drug price. they need to call their representatives because they have an office for all those years and they are all blaming the persons far as that called, trump did say something about the education system. he said they are going to have choices of schools. kids can't bebout educated. host: that's joe in alabama. with no guests for a siu have just heard from you. the state of the union is still available to you. want to watch portions of it, go to c-span.org.
for that come the democratic response and everything leading up to the state of the union. this being a normal workday in washington for members of the house of representatives their coming in for their session. we will take you there now. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's rooms, washington, d.c. february 6, 2019. i hereby aa point the honorable benny g. thompson to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, nancy pelosi, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 3, 2019, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour