5 Times Democrats Should Have Stood and Clapped During Trump's State of the Union — But Didn't
When President Donald Trump gave his first State of the Union address last night, Democrats weren't happy about it. It was a real shame, because Trump offered them many olive branches — libertarians would say he gave them too many.
Here are 5 times Democrats should have stood and clapped, but didn't.
1. Black unemployment.
Early in the speech, President Trump noted that African-American unemployment has reached a record low. He declared, "Unemployment claims have hit a 45-year low. African-American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded, and Hispanic American unemployment has also reached the lowest levels in history."
Black congressional Democrats were stone-faced.
Shouldn't African-Americans celebrate low black unemployment?
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) credited former President Barack Obama, rather than Donald Trump, for the drop in black unemployment.
The data does suggest that the decline began under Obama, but continued under Trump.
Liberal commentator Jarrett Hill credited Obama — and made it seem like Democrats should stand and applaud at Trump's mention of low black unemployment, because they'd really be clapping for Obama.
This suggests that Democrats can't even celebrate a vitally good thing that began under Obama, just because Trump mentioned it in his State of the Union.
2. Paid family leave.
President Trump offered Democrats an olive branch with the issue of paid family leave. Democrats called for this issue throughout the 2016 election, and Obama mentioned it in his State of the Union last year.