By: Brian Evans
STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS (FEB. 5, 2019)
At tonights State of the Union, President Trump is expected to deliver a message of unity, however, the stage is already being set up to be quite the opposite. For example, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, (D-NY), said on Monday she’ll bring an anti-Trump activist by the name of Archila, who made headlines protesting against now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Archilla is best known by most Americans for cornering then-Sen. Jeff Flake in a Senate elevator and pleaded for the Republican lawmaker to vote against Kavanaugh! After her aggression, Flake agreed to delay a committee vote to allow for a brief investigation.
Archila said she is “honored” to be the guest of Ocasio-Cortez and to be able to now sit in on the State of the Union. Also, Archila said she will be wearing white and a pin the congresswoman gave her that says…
“Well behaved women rarely make history.”
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) invited an illegal alien who has violated America’s immigration laws by the name of Victorina Morales. She is a Guatemalan woman living in the U.S. illegally and was fired from the Trump National Golf Club after they became aware that she lied to the Club to gain employment. Morales has been critical of the Trump Organizations hiring practices, especially being they are implementing E-Verify, to check employees’ documentation for legal status.
Representative Jimmy Gomez (D-CA) has invited Sandra Diaz, who is a Costa Rica native, and who worked for the President’s club from 2010 to 2013. Diaz now has legal status, but she says she is angry, because of how the President has labeled some immigrants as violent. She is referring to the President’s reference to MS-13 gang members, rapists, human traffickers, and drug smugglers who are mixed in with the caravans.
Senator and 2020 Presidential candidate Kamala Harris (D-CA) has invited a federal employee who was affected by the government shutdown. She said…
Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., invited a mother and daughter from Guatemala who was denied asylum in the U.S. because they did not qualify. Eventually, under the policy that was initiated under President Bush, the two were separated for two months last spring, as they awaited deportation. Despite the policy being in place under the past several Administrations, Merkley blamed the policy on President Trump and called his Administration a “dark and evil place”. He said…
“This child separation policy came from a dark and evil place within the heart of this administration. Innocent children suffered because of deeds that were carried out in our names and using our tax dollars as Americans. I’m bringing Albertina and Yakelin as my guests to the State of the Union because we need to bear witness to the suffering that this cruel policy inflicted, and resolve to make sure that nothing like this ever happens in the United States of America again.”
A number of other Democrat lawmakers like Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), who have invited guests, primarily federal workers who were affected by the partial government shutdown. They include 11 members of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA)
Senator and 2020 Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) announced that her guest is a Department of Housing and Urban Development employee Sajid Shahriar, a furloughed Department of Housing and Urban Development employee and labor union leader. Warren said that…
“Government workers like Sajid shouldn’t be used as bargaining chips.”
Other Democrats invited guests that have been affected by gun violence to push their position of gun confiscation legislation, as well as, guests who have high insurance premiums, as they push for the government take-over of the healthcare system!
Republicans are bringing guests that sadly were involved in and survived sexual slavery, Opioid and drug survivors, and Border Patrol agents who have been begging for a wall and more money and technology to help secure the border. For example, Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) invited a police officer who overdosed on the synthetic opioid Fentanyl during a drug bust, when the powder splattered on his shirt following a drug arrest, and Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NB), is bringing Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad, who is a Yazidi human rights activist and sexual slavery survivor, who was captive under ISIS.
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, invited the sector chief for the Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley Manny Padilla to be his guest.
Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., also invited Art Gallegos, the co-founder of the Latinos Conservative Organization, to the State of the Union in an effort to emphasize the need for border security.
Debra Bissell, Heather Armstrong, and Madison Armstrong
Gerald and Sharon David of Reno, Nevada, were tragically murdered in their home in Nevada by an illegal immigrant in January 2019. The terrible loss has devastated both their community and three generations of their family who will be represented at the State of the Union: the Davids’ daughter Debra, granddaughter Heather, and great-granddaughter Madison.
Matthew Charles’s life is a story of redemption. In 1996, he was sentenced to 35 years in prison for selling crack cocaine and other related offenses. While in prison, Matthew found God, completed more than 30 bible studies, became a law clerk, taught GED classes, and mentored fellow inmates. On January 3, 2019, Matthew was the first prisoner released as a result of the First Step Act.
Everyone who knows Grace would tell you that she has always been special. Wherever she goes, she brightens the room with her kind heart and infectious smile. At an early age, she decided that she wanted to forgo gifts at her birthday parties, and instead ask for charity donations. At 9 years old, Grace was diagnosed with Germinoma, a germ-cell brain tumor, and in May 2018, Grace started cancer treatment. Throughout the rest of the year, Grace stayed positive and strong, making the rounds in the hospital, cheering up other patients, and always having a smile for the many caring medical professionals who treated her. Grace recently finished chemotherapy and today shows no evidence of the disease. She is determined to help other children who are fighting cancer.
Ashley Evans has struggled with opioid and substance abuse for much of her life. In 2017, she was pregnant and suffered a relapse. Her recovery began with the birth of her daughter along with the help of Brigid’s Path, a medical care facility in Kettering, Ohio. Ashley has persevered and overcome many obstacles to maintain her sobriety. She is passionate about sharing her story of hope. On February 9, 2019, Ashley will celebrate 1 year and 1 month in recovery and on February 15, 2019, she will be reunited with her daughter full-time.
Elvin Hernandez is a Special Agent with the Trafficking in Persons Unit of the Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security Investigations division. He has more than 18 years of Federal law enforcement experience investigating narcotics, gangs, and human trafficking. During his current 7-year assignment, Elvin has conducted numerous successful international human trafficking investigations involving transnationally organized crime groups.
Roy James is the Plant Manager of the Vicksburg Forest Products lumber facility. He had worked at the sawmill for 26 years and become Vice President of Operations when he was told that the facility would close its doors. Thankfully, last year, Vicksburg was designated an Opportunity Zone through provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The plant soon reopened and Roy was hired to oversee the entire facility.
Timothy Matson joined the Pittsburgh Police Department in 2005 and made the SWAT team in 2016. As a key member of the SWAT team, he would breach the entrance during raids, a very dangerous task. In October 2018, Tim responded to the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds and saved countless lives in that heinous, anti-Semitic attack.
Judah Samet is a member of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. In October 2018, he survived the horrific shooting that killed 11 members of his community. Judah is also a survivor of the Holocaust. Judah immigrated to Israel after the war and was present for the declaration of the Israeli State in 1948. He served as a paratrooper and radioman in the Israeli Defense Forces and moved to the United States in the 1960s.
Joshua Trump is a 6th-grade student in Wilmington, Delaware. He appreciates science, art, and history. He also loves animals and hopes to pursue a related career in the future. His hero and best friend is his Uncle Cody, who serves in the United States Air Force. Unfortunately, Joshua has been bullied in school due to his last name. He is thankful to the First Lady and the Trump family for their support.
Tom Wibberley is the father of Navy Seaman Craig Wibberley, a Seaman killed on the U.S.S. Cole. Craig grew up in Williamsport, Maryland, and enjoyed fly fishing, snow skiing, and working with his father on old Corvettes. He had a passion for computer science and decided to join the Navy to serve his country and pursue an opportunity to further his training in computers. Craig served aboard the U.S.S. Cole with distinction and was accepted to the Navy Information Technician School. His commander planned to recommend him for Officer Candidate School. However, on October 12, 2000, Craig and 16 fellow members of the crew were killed in a terrorist attack. Craig was only 19. After Craig’s death, a scholarship fund was created that gives out four $1,000 scholarships each year to students studying computer science.
President Trump granted Alice Johnson clemency on June 6, 2018. Alice had been serving a mandatory life sentence without parole for charges associated with a nonviolent drug case. During her nearly 22 years of incarceration, Alice accomplished what has been called an “extraordinary rehabilitation.” After her release, she was overjoyed to be reunited with her family. She has now dedicated her life to helping those who are in a similar position as she was and giving a voice to the criminal justice reform movement.
Democrats have announced that they have chosen to have the 2018 Georgia Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D-GA) to deliver their response to the President’s State of the Union.
Abrams became a nationwide household name when she lost the election and refused to call Brian Kemp the legitimate Governor. Abrams mounted a massive legal team and vowed to have the election results thrown out, as she called for an election do-over. Abrams is also known as a controversial candidate, being she stated during the election that undocumented immigrants / illegal aliens are part of the Democrat’s “Blue Wave” in 2018.
Also, Democrats will have California Attorney General Xavier Becerra deliver the Democrat response in Spanish. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) have tapped him to give the response, due to his extreme stance against the President and his pro-American policies. In fact, Becerra has launched a whopping 45 lawsuits against the President and his Administration over the past few years, ranging from his fight to protect illegal aliens, stop the Administration from ending Sanctuary Cities for illegals, preventing the President from building a border wall, protecting Obamacare, forcing Christian employers to violate their faith by paying for contraceptives, fighting against the Presidents Energy Independence initiative, block the President from rolling back the massive regulations that were suffocating corporations, manufacturers, businesses, and cash strapping the American consumers! He has also sued to protect Progressive education policies and curriculum, to protect ‘net-neutrality’ policies that empower Silicone Valley leftists. Also, Becerra has fought for the LGBTQ community by demanding they have access to whatever restroom they choose.
Therefore, although the President has called for unity for tonight’s State of the Union, it is abundantly clear that not only have Democrats invited guests to push their Socialist and even Marxist agenda, but they are having two of the most controversial and radical members of their Party to deliver their response to the President’s State of the Union Address!
Last year, the Democrats were highly criticized for their behavior during the President’s State of the Union Address. Democrats chose to disrespect the occasion and the office, as they chose to defy the President and remain seated as the President talked of showing respect to our flag and country. President Trump talked of showing respect for our country, family, and God. Democrats shocked many in the nation as they chose to sit on their hands, frown, and many playing on their smartphones. Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called the President’s speech ‘dangerous’, and on MSNBC, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) said Trump used “ugly” fear-mongering on immigration, religion, and patriotism to “divide.” Also, Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) walked out of the SOTU address amid chants of “USA!” “USA!” “USA!”, and a majority of the Democrats dishonored their office by booing the President’s speech several times throughout his address, which set a new unprecedented low in America. In fact, at one moment President Trump was talking to the parents of a murdered child by an illegal alien MS-13 gang member, and the Democrats quickly stopped booing, but they refused to stand out of respect. Robert Mickens, the father of Nisa Mickens, said that he was disappointed with the Democrat Party’s response to his tragedy. He stated:
“I thought it was very disrespectful. For the simple fact that the Democrats who were there and did not stand up, they were African-Americans. So that hurt me a lot… Regardless of how they feel about the president, they should show respect, because I would show them the respect if that was their loved one.”
In addition, the Congressional Black Caucus members refused to stand or applaud when President Trump announced the huge drop and record low unemployment rates for black Americans. Then to make matters worse, the Mainstream media attacked the President’s speech. For example, Joy Reid said…
“Church … family … police … military … the national anthem … Trump trying to call on all the tropes of 1950s-era nationalism. The goal of this speech appears to be to force the normalization of Trump on the terms of the bygone era his supporters are nostalgic for. #SOTU”
She went on to say that ‘family values’ were “backward looking. Has the Progressive-Left gone so far off of its hinges that it thinks that something so important as the family is an outdated and nationalistic trope? If so, it shows just how far out of touch Joy Reid, the Mainstream Media, and the Democratic party has become. NBC’s Chuck Todd said that Trump’s speech “set things back,” and that he “offended a lot of Democrats.” Not really a surprise since they openly are claiming to be fighting against Christians, family, and American values. Media Research Center President Brent Bozell said:
“The media’s overwrought, liberal bias was on full display Tuesday night in their reaction to President Trump’s State of the Union address. The President delivered a promising, powerful speech that resonated with most of America. 75% of Americans approved of his address yet ABC, NBC, CNN, and MSNBC’s coverage was overwhelming critical. This is more evidence of how out of touch the media have become. These “journalists” live in their own elitist bubble and the public sees right through it.”
Now, a year later, after the Marxists in our nation already elevated their attacks against President Trump and the American people by trying to deny the President his Constitutional right to address Congress and the American people about the ‘State of our Union’! A right under Article II of the U.S. Constitution, which describes the singular duty that has evolved into a formal speech each winter. It says that…
“The president ‘shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient”.
As the President is now calling for unity, and although the State of the Union used to be a moment that both Parties would come together, it appears that the Democrats have truly become the ‘party of resistance’, the ‘party of hate’, the ‘party of globalism’, the ‘party of socialism’, the ‘party of racism’, and the ‘party of Karl Marx’! Therefore, it will be difficult for the President to find unity in Washington! Never-the-less, he will strive to find common ground, and if not, he will still forge ahead in solidarity with those in his Party who still believe in America and the American people, but especially with the American people themselves, in his aim to truly ‘Make America Great Again’!