Anna Sheffer
January 31, 2018 8:39 am
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On January 30th, President Donald Trump gave his first State of the Union Address. It was a speech that championed Trump’s policy goals, such as implementing tougher border security, cracking down on North Korea, and increasing military spending. As a palate cleanser, Representative Joe Kennedy III, of Massachusetts, gave the Democratic party’s response to the State of the Union in an inspiring and eloquent speech.

Overall, the ratings for the State of the Union were lukewarm at best. According to CNN, only 48 percent of those who watched the speech had a “very positive” reaction to it. And viewership was down 9 percent compared to Trump’s address to Congress in 2017. But the Democrats’ response was applauded, especially given the difficult nature of following up the State of the Union.

Kennedy addressed the country from the auto shop at a technical school in Massachusetts, describing the Democratic party as one for people of all races and classes. In particular, he championed blue-collar workers as a crucial part of the future of the country. He also mentioned the Black Lives Matter and #MeToo movements as examples of American citizens fighting for progress.

Kennedy didn’t shy away from calling out the Trump administration: He alluded to how divided the country has become in the wake of Trump’s election and, at one point, indirectly called the president a bully.

The Massachusetts representative was there to counter that divisiveness. At one point, Kennedy spoke directly to Dreamers, in Spanish, promising to fight for the rights of immigrants.

Twitter users loved Kennedy’s inclusive and inspiring message.

Some even called for Kennedy to run for president.

Regardless of if he decides to run for president in 2020 or not, Kennedy’s address sent an inspiring message of unity and strength amid the chaotic year our country has faced. We’re looking forward to see what the future brings for Kennedy and for the country as a whole.

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