WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump stood before a Congress and a nation sharply divided by impeachment and used his State of the Union address to extol a “Great American Comeback” on his watch. That’s just three years after he took office decrying a land of “American carnage” under his predecessor
The partisan discord in Washington was on vivid display Tuesday as the first president to campaign for reelection after being impeached vigorously made his case for another term: Republican legislators chanted “Four More Years.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped up her copy of Trump’s speech as he ended the address. Here’s how New Jersey’s congressional delegation reacted:
Sen. Bob Menendez:
“Tonight, President Trump had an opportunity to show the American people that he understands right from wrong, and he failed. He failed to display any contrition for what even some Republicans have called “inappropriate” actions — soliciting foreign interference in our election, subverting our national security interests and undermining our democracy. He failed to demonstrate that he’s learned anything about the rule of law, our system of checks and balances, and what it means to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Sen. Cory Booker:
Tonight’s State of the Union was more of the toxic division that we’ve become accustomed to. Tearing us apart instead of bringing our country together.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) February 5, 2020
Rep. Donald Norcross
Many Americans voted for President Trump because they believed his 2016 campaign promises to lower prescription drug costs & protect Social Security & Medicare – but this Administration has failed, at every turn to follow through on those promises. #SOTU
— Donald Norcross (@DonaldNorcross) February 5, 2020
Rep. Josh Gottheimer
Rep. Frank Pallone
Tonight’s #SOTU address was simply another example of President Trump’s broken promises and outright lies to the American people. The truth is that the President has failed to lower drug prices and that he’s doing everything he can to sabotage our health care system.
— Rep. Frank Pallone (@FrankPallone) February 5, 2020
Rep. Tom Malinowski
I wish the president had given a less divisive and dishonest speech. But the House will keep doing what only the House did last year: hold him accountable, while passing legislation to improve people’s lives. As we did on the USMCA, we’ll seize common ground whenever possible.
— Tom Malinowski (@Malinowski) February 5, 2020
Rep. Bill Pascrell
I just walked out of the #StateOfTheUnion. I can’t stand a liar. This man’s presidency is a national tragedy.
— Bill Pascrell, Jr. (@BillPascrell) February 5, 2020
Rep. Donald Payne Jr.
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman
Tonight I walked out of the President’s despicable and dishonest #SOTU. I don’t expect much from this President, but I will not sit quietly while he lies to my face and to the American people about protecting preexisting conditions, Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid
— Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (@RepBonnie) February 5, 2020
Reps. Jeff Van Dew, Andy Kim, Chris Smith, Albio Sires, Mikie Sherrill had no public comment at the time this article was published. This post will be updated as NJTV News receives statements.