Text, Excerpts From State of the Union Address, Response

Text, Excerpts From State of the Union Address, Response

  • Editor’s Note: The following are excerpts, YouTube video and transcripts from the Jan. 30 State of The Union Address and the Democratic response.

If you missed the State of the Union Address and Democratic response last night and want to catch up, there are a lot of easy ways to do that online. You can visit YouTube to see and hear the entirety of both speeches, you can read up on local, state and national media for analysis and insights or turn on the TV nightly newscasts of your choice.

Presented here are links to the full text of each speech, plus embedded YouTube videos of each speech.

Since the State of the Union Address was more than 2 hours and 13 minutes, we’ve also included excerpts from the speech as posted by the White House website as well as the full text of the Democratic response, which lasted about 13 minutes.

State of The Union Address Excerpts, President Donald Trump

State of The Union Democratic Response, Rep. Joe Kennedy III

Read the full text of the Democratic response to the State of the Union address here.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you. Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. It is an absolute privilege to join you all tonight.

We are here in Fall River, Massachusetts, a proud American city. An American city built by immigrants. From tech tiles to robots, this is a place that knows how to make great things. The students that are with us here this evening in the autotech program carry on that rich legacy. Like many American hometowns, Fall River has faced its share of storms. But the people here are tough. They fight for each other, they pull for their city. It is a fitting place to gather, as our nation reflects on the state of our union. This is a difficult task. And many have spent the last year anxious, angry, afraid.

We all feel the fractured fault lines across our country. We hear the voices of Americans who are forgotten and feel forsaken. We see an economy that makes stocks soar, investor portfolios bulge and corporate profits climb, but fails to give workers their fair share of the reward. A government that struggles to keep itself open. Russia knee-deep in our democracy. An all-out war on environmental protection. A Justice Department rolling back civil rights by the day. Hatred and supremacy proudly marching in our streets. Bullets tearing through our classrooms, concerts and congregations. Targeting our safest sacred places. And this nagging, sinking feeling, no matter your political beliefs, that this is not right. This is not who we are.

Folks, it would be easy to dismiss this past year as chaos, partisanship, politics. But it’s far, far bigger than that. This administration isn’t just targeting the laws that protect us, they’re targeting the very idea that we are all worthy of protection. For them, dignity isn’t something you’re born with, but something you measure. By your net worth, your celebrity, your headlines, your crowd size. Not to mention the gender of your spouse, the country of your birth, the color of your skin. The god of your prayers. Their record is a rebuke to our highest American eye deem, the belief that we are all worthy, that we are all equal, that we all count, in the eyes of our law and our leaders, our god and our government. That is the American promise. But today, ladies and gentlemen, today that promise is being broken. By an administration that callously appraises our worthiness and decides who makes the cut and who can be bargained away.