One particular moment during President Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday evoked a bizarre response from the Democrats in the chamber, especially presidential candidate Kamala Harris.
“Now, Republicans and Democrats must join forces again to confront an urgent national crisis,” Trump said during his one-hour, twenty-two-minute speech. “Congress has ten days left to pass a bill that will fund our government, protect our homeland, and secure our very dangerous southern border.”
“Now is the time for Congress to show that world that America is committed to ending illegal immigration and putting the ruthless coyotes, cartels, drug dealers, and human traffickers out of business,” he added.
Republicans rose to their feet and cheered the goals the president set forth, but Democrats stayed seated and silent, some stone-faced and others scowling. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) smirked and looked around to see if anyone on his side of the aisle was applauding.
The Democrats’ refusal to cheer what seemed like a basic, bipartisan set of goals to rid the country of violent, ruthless, and deeply damaging crimes was startling. But it was not quite as startling as presidential candidate Sen Kamala Harris’ (D-Calif.) reaction to the call to end human trafficking.
She raised her eyebrows, pursed her lips, and shook her head disgustedly as a colleague made a remark to her. Her response, the response of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), and the responses of their colleagues drew widespread condemnation on social media.
On an unimportant side note, something else observers noticed about the State of the Union address was how often House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) blinked while sitting behind the president. Satirical website the Babylon Bee joked that she was using Morse code to send an SOS signal.