Last night, February 5th, President Donald Trump delivered his second State of the Union address. After he spoke, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams gave the Democrats’ response, making her the first black woman ever to do so. In her speech, transcribed and fact-checked by Politico, Abrams’ essentially said that Democrats are “coming for America”—to make it a “better America.” She discussed issues ranging from climate change to health care to immigration, and called for bipartisan cooperation above all else. Here are some highlights from her powerful speech.
1 She demanded that politicians do more for education.
Abrams said that the Trump administration “responds timidly while first-graders practice active shooter drills” and wasn’t doing enough to make college affordable.
2 Abrams did not hold back on immigration.
The former gubernatorial nominee condemned the Trump administration’s separation of migrant families, as well as the president’s demands for a border wall.
She finished her thoughts on immigration by declaring: “America is stronger with immigrants, not walls.”
3She made sure to mention voter suppression.
Abrams has a close connection to voter suppression. In November, she filed a lawsuit over the state of Georgia’s rejection of more than 1,000 absentee ballots in the governor race—which could have affected the outcome of the election. Although she ultimately conceded, she later founded Fair Fight, an organization dedicated to fighting for Georgians’ voter rights.
4 She called out racism and LGBTQ discrimination.
After mentioning progress made by the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, Abrams noted that “we continue to face racism from our past and in our present.” She demanded that government officials be held accountable for their actions and that Americans “call racism what it is—wrong.” Abrams followed her call for racial equality by noting that the “LGBTQ community remains under attack.”
However, even after a speech dedicated to pointing out the Trump administration’s failures, she finished by urging leaders to “create a stronger America together.”
We couldn’t agree more.