Republicans Praise Trump for ‘Reaganesque’ SOTU: ‘That Was the Best Speech He Ever Gave’

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President Donald Trump delivered his second State of the Union address Tuesday night, and while Republicans are predictably singing its praises, some are even calling it his best political speech yet.

“That was the best speech he ever gave, it was Reaganesque,” Republican Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) told reporters as he exited the House chamber.

“This was a real olive branch kind of speech. He reached out to the other side—look, there wasn’t a cheap shot, there wasn’t any name calling — this was an extraordinarily presidential speech. And I’m proud of the president for delivering it,” Cole added.

Prior to the president’s address, Republicans called on Trump to deliver a unifying speech to the nation, especially considering the speech was coming on the heels of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

I’m not really sure what side they’re on if they’re against defeating socialism.

“President Trump just gave a great speech that was very optimistic and he talked about American greatness,” Minority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) told IJR in an interview following the president’s remarks.

Scalise, in particular, praised the president for featuring “Americans who have made America great like those three World War II heroes who stormed the beaches of Normandy. Buzz Algren, and the Holocaust survivor.”

“[Trump] also talked about the challenges we need to address to keep making America even greater. And clearly, with the crisis at the border, he did a great job highlighting those victims murdered by people who have come here illegally. He talked about the drugs and the gangs and what we need to do to keep making America even stronger … he challenged all of us in Congress. He said are we going to stick with the politics of the past or choose greatness, and I hope we choose the latter,” Scalise said.

In terms of the Democratic response, the second-ranking House Republican said he was disappointed by how some of his colleagues across the aisle reacted to the president’s more bipartisan points.

“[Trump] said that we all should reject socialism, the fact that a lot of Democrats sat down —I’m not really sure what side they’re on if they’re against defeating socialism,” the Louisiana lawmaker said.

“There were so many opportunities where everybody should have joined in but you can still see that some Democrats who supported things like a wall and physical barriers to secure our border before President Trump are against it now because President Trump is for it,” he said.

“Some people just want to oppose everything that Trump supports even if its good for the country. They’ve got to think bigger than that,” Scalise added.

Even some of the president’s toughest Republican critics in Congress seemed pleased with the president’s performance on Tuesday night.

“The president’s address to the nation at the annual state of the union tonight was, I felt, one that was designed to encourage, to be uplifting,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said after the State of the Union. “He began with a message to us in the Congress to come together, to collaborate, to corporate, to compromise. And I think it’s important to recognize that that’s an important message.”

On his way out of the Capitol, Sen Mitt Romney (R-Utah), one of the president’s most outspoken critics on the right, told IJR that he found Trump’s speech “incredibly patriotic, strong, well-delivered, and appealed to our patriotism and common values as Americans.”

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Valerie Vieyra
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Did I miss the ladies in white standing against the horrible abortion legislation going on?

banstan
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Funny that softy or rocky doesn’t have an answer to THAT question.

Phyllis Softa
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Ann Coulter said it was “the lamest, sappiest SOTU ever.” Perhaps she fell asleep before Trump got to the portion devoted to Mexican are rapist and killers.

WellHungChad
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SyPhyllis, you either need your hearing or your comprehension of the English language checked, because Trump never said that!

banstan
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NOW, you’re an Ann Coulter fan. What a hypocrite.

Michael
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Cole is so proud of POTUS for acting presidential.

Phyllis Softa
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Rep Cole has an amazingly low bar. I’m 67 and never heard Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Bush41, Clinton, Bush 43 or Obama claim “If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation. It just doesn’t work that way.” I get the no peace if there are wars. But no POTUS ever claimed “no legislation” during an investigation or war. That was bizarre. The country was at war in Afghanistan and against ISIS in many countries when the tax reform was passed in 2017.

WellHungChad
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My God!! Please, oh please, never let my mind go so awry when I get to the age of 67 as SyPhyllis’s mind has gone!! Nixon DID call for (Watergate) investigations to end his 1974 SOTU. And rightfully so. He had nothing to do with the Watergate break in! His sin was trying covering it up because of his hate for the media. We’re nearing 2 years for Trump’s inquisition and all that has come of it are process crimes based on false charges-none of them his.

Phyllis Softa
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Let’s assess. Am I the one who believed Mexico was going to pay for a wall? Am I the one who believes a wall would stop illegal drugs from entering the legal ports of entry and tunnels under the barriers at the Southern border? Am I the one who believed the tax cuts would pay for themselves? Am I the one who believed Trump did not know about the Stormy Daniels’ NDA & payment? I have never relinquished my ability to reason for total devotion to Trump. You can not make the same claim.

banstan
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YAWN!!! softy beating her dead horses again! Then, as usual, top it off with an absolutely incorrect statement “I have never relinquished my ability to reason” followed by an insult. Your comments can be blueprinted.

Phyllis Softa
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Ban, I get it. It hurts your feelings when I remind you of the wacky things Trump supporters have accepted from Trump. Get your fellow supporters to use reason and logic before blindly echoing his rantings and I will stop bring it up. If you wish to go on the record of agreeing that “a wall” would NOT stop the 90% of illegal drugs smuggled in thru legal ports of entry, then I will stop reminding you of your position.

banstan
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Now that YOU brought up stormy, just what is happening with her lawsuits, philly?

Phyllis Softa
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With Michael Cohen going to prison next month, I am guessing the NDA is null and void. What more could SHE say that she has not already shared?
Now Cliff Sims and his lawsuit over a NDA he signed during the campaign, well that is just getting started. I will keep you informed.

banstan
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” I will keep you informed.” No you won’t because it won’t fit your agenda. BUT, if you can TWIST it, you will.

banstan
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Her lawsuits are being DISMISSED, philly. Are you REALLY this obtuse?

WellHungChad
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There are more ways for Mexico to pay for the wall rather than sending a check to “Trump c/o USA” with a memo to SyPhyllis that say’s “please tell SyPhyllilus that we’re paying for the wall!” Have you heard about the new trade deal Trump cut with Mexico? Of course not.

BTW, the tax cuts ARE paying off in the form of a booming economy and (for once in a decade) record low unemployment and rising wages. Next time you leave your house and lock the door, think about how racist you’re being.

WellHungChad
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I don’t have total devotion to Trump, but I don’t GAF about his personal life and Stormy Horseface. You can thank your hero, Slick Willy for teaching us about how personal lives of our presidents don’t matter and setting that precedent.

Phyllis Softa
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How would I NOT have heard of the trade deal? I am still waiting to hear it has been ratified in Mexico & Canada, then debated & ratified by 2/3rd of each body of US Congress. Were you of the belief that those actions have occurred? Perhaps you thought we skip those steps? That would be unconstitutional. Could you explain how Mexico pays for the wall after the trade deal is ratified? I didn’t follow Trump’s logic on that, but since you repeated it, you must have understood it.

Phyllis Softa
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EARTH to Chad: The national debt on Monday crossed the 22 trillion dollar mark, adding $80 billion just in the month of January. The national debt has increased by $2 T since Trump took office. You cite a booming economy, but you wanted Obama to cut the deficit during the worst recession since the Depression. I am very happy Trump has celebrated the 100th month of continuous job growth. It is difficult not to acknowledge he has been in office for only 24 of those 100 months.

WellHungChad
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Michael, ….and I’m so proud of you not pooping in your diapers today (so far…).

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