Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is criticizing the president’s second State of the Union address, slamming it as “political, divisive, calculating, even nasty at times” — even as many of Americans approved of it.
Democrat Schumer told CNN’s John Berman that Stacey Abrams’ Democratic response showed “real leadership,” while to him, President Donald Trump’s did not.
Schumer said there’s “very little nice to say” about Trump’s address.
“I think Stacey Abrams showed the President what real leadership was last night. She was thoughtful, caring,” Schumer said.
“The president was political, divisive, calculating, even nasty at times,” he added. “You can’t talk about comity and working together and give a speech that’s so divisive, that just doesn’t fly.”
“So in the areas, where he tried to reach out, drug prices, transportation, infrastructure, there was no meat, there was no enthusiasm. All the enthusiasm was for the divisive parts like immigration, abortion, things like that,” Schumer said. “So it was not a good speech.”
Watch the video below:
“There’s very little nice to say about it. It’s sort of like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” Senate Minority Leader @SenSchumer says about President Trump’s SOTU address.
— New Day (@NewDay) February 6, 2019
This comes as Schumer blasted the president’s address on Tuesday before he even delivered the speech, calling the Trump administration “chaos.”
Trump swiped back at Schumer:
I see Schumer is already criticizing my State of the Union speech, even though he hasn’t seen it yet. He’s just upset that he didn’t win the Senate, after spending a fortune, like he thought he would. Too bad we weren’t given more credit for the Senate win by the media!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 5, 2019
Trump’s SOTU approval skyrockets
Despite Schumer’s claim that the State of the Union address on Tuesday was “political” and “divisive,” the president received a high approval rating on his address.
As IJR Red reported, a CBS News poll revealed 76 percent of Americans approved of President Trump’s address. Additionally, 72 percent of those polled said they liked the parts of the president’s speech on immigration.
“The agenda I will lay out this evening is not a Republican agenda or Democrat agenda,” the president said. “It is the agenda of the American people.”
Read what he said during his address on immigration:
“The lawless state of our southern border is a threat to the safety, security, and financial well‑being of all Americans. We have a moral duty to create an immigration system that protects the lives and jobs of our citizens. This includes our obligation to the millions of immigrants living here today, who followed the rules and respected our laws. Legal immigrants enrich our Nation and strengthen our society in countless ways. I want people to come into our country, but they have to come in legally.”
“There is a new opportunity in American politics if only we have the courage to seize it,” President Trump said. “Victory is not winning for our party. Victory is winning for our country.”