Quigley Response to President Trump’s State of the Union Address
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s first State of the Union address:
“Last night, President Trump delivered a State of the Union address long on self-congratulation and short on solutions to improve the lives of hardworking Americans across this country. He attempted to use insincere pledges of bipartisanship to distract from his consistently extremist proposals, and took full credit for an economy that began recovering early in the Obama presidency. One scripted speech will do nothing to reverse the irreparable harm committed by his administration, or disguise the demeaning and embarrassing rhetoric used by the President to attack immigrants, communities of color, the press, foreign allies, and countless others during his first year in office.
“President Trump used the opportunity to take a victory lap for raising taxes of tens of millions of middle-class families, exploding the deficit by $1.5 trillion, and trying to take away health care from Americans struggling to keep up with rising costs. However, he failed to lay out a vision that will unify a country divided by the hate and chaos almost entirely generated by his own actions and words. There was no mention of climate change, gun violence prevention, the sexual assault epidemic, or Russian interference in our elections. Instead, President Trump prioritized policies that will undermine environmental protections, proliferate anti-immigrant hatred, and fail to fix our crumbling infrastructure.
“Over the past year, we have seen no legitimate efforts by the President to build bipartisan bridges that lead to compromise and progress. Instead, we have seen reckless decision-making, name-calling, denials, distractions, and an abundance of other impulsive behavior that threatens our national economy, our national security, and our national values. Unfortunately, I remain incredibly doubtful that this Administration will revert course and get us back on track towards a more prosperous, equal, and just nation.”