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Detore: Breaking down the State of the Union Address

By Daniela Detore
Op-Ed Editor

Tucked away in its own corner of an already small and segregated peninsula is arguably the smallest state in the nation behind Rhode Island — Delaware.

In the outskirts of Wilmington, DE., a city containing 70-thousand people, is a small suburban middle school with a high-flying crimson red arch above four rows of steps, leading to the main entrance. It’s engraved with the name, Talley Middle School.

Here, a sixth grader, named Joshua, earned himself an unusual seat in the 2019 State of the Union on Tuesday, and it was for one reason and one reason only.

His last name is Trump.

Joshua Trump began getting bullied two years ago while attending Claymont Elementary school, just after Trump was elected in November. Over the remainder of his time at Claymont, before graduating to Talley, Joshua had to switch buses from being bullied viciously by his peers on his morning and afternoon commute.

When moving up to Talley, Joshua’s mother had to inform the school of the bullying her son faced because of his last name and asked to avoid the usage of his last name at all costs.

Although Joshua shares no relation to Trump, it seems as if a lot of fourth and fifth graders in Delaware have a firm grasp over their political views.

Joshua joined other guests invited by President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump such as Alice Johnson, who Trump granted clemency in early June, and Ashley Evans, a young mom who struggled with opioid and substance abuse. Both Johnson and Evans were welcomed as apart of the First Step Act, a criminal justice reform act in which turns federal prisons into more of a rehabilitation experience and it also reduces and clarifies mandatory minimums and better provides for the needs of federal prisoners.

The last notable guest to the Trumps was Judah Samet, a survivor of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh this past year. The same mass shooting in which locals protested Trump’s appearance.

During his address, Trump’s most convincing use of political power was in passing the First Step Act, which is the first reform system prisons have seen in decades. Johnson and Evans played supporting roles in the subtle boast, Johnson even earning herself a standing ovation and shedding tears due to unparalleled elation.

But, it was a contest of who can bring the bigger gun to the gunfight; the gun being the most noted guest.

The Democrats packed the house in polite retaliation with faces that are associated with the refusal of Trump’s Supreme Court pick, immigration policies, gun-laws, and his decision to ban transgender people from being active members of the service.

House speaker Nancy Pelosi was accompanied by two active-duty transgender U.S. Army members, Capt. Jennifer Peace and Maj. Ian Brown. At least five other Democratic lawmakers planned to bring transgender service members to the annual gathering to rebuttal Trumps, “transban.”

As quoted by NBC news, Capt. Peace said, “ I think it’s important to raise visibility and get people to realize that by excluding trans service members we are directly weakening our military and national security.”

Peace continued to say that the military missed its recruiting goals last year by roughly 7,000 recruits.

While the under the table rebellion against the Presidents worst vice’s took place, Trump mustered up an attempt to rekindle his weathered relationship with Republicans and a plea bargain for the Democrats.

“If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation. It just doesn’t work that way,” Trump said.

For upward toward nine months, the Trump administration has been under close investigation after being acquainted with Russia — who meddled with the 2016 presidential race — and one by one they have been plucked into the light for dishonoring the code of ethics.

The latest being Trump’s former national security advisor Michael Flynn.

It is now no question to the people that Trump is very threatened by the investigation, whether it’s impartial with his past campaign.

Or his future one.

If that wasn’t enough to tamper the relationships with other officials, Trump initiated the longest lasting government shutdown when the Congress wouldn’t pass the $5-million dollar funding order to build a border wall between Mexico and the United States. The shutdown lasted from Dec. 22 to Jan. 25. A total of 35 days.

All in the name of border security.

Trump, on eggshells with a divided congress and a party that denied his recent national state of emergency, continued his speech to the State of the Union with conviction and slurs of patriotism and American “hoorah”, in attempts to unite a divided nation like never before.

Despite the multiple plea bargains with the Democrats and the angry Republicans, Trump delivered an eloquent speech filled with progressive reform to eradicate AIDS and campaign to reduce childhood cancers. He followed it with a few subtle taps on the back for creating a sizable number of new jobs, lowering the unemployment rate below what we’ve seen in previous years.

Most of which were taken, with conviction, by women.

“No one has benefited more from our thriving economy than women, who have filled 58 perfect of the newly created jobs last year,” Trump said. The statement was followed by an uproar of applause from women on both sides of the aisle.

What divide?

When America tuned in to the State of the Union to hear what President Trump had to say for himself, I’d bet that no one expect to see an ocean of congresswomen in white pantsuits on the Democratic side.

If I was a congressmen and saw a sea of equally intelligent and powerful women color-coordinating, I think that is what would terrify me the most.

Last year at the 2018 State of the Union, women wore black in solidarity with the #MeToo movement, and although getting lost amidst the nine-to-five dark suit, it was a statement.

However this year, with a record number of congresswomen in attentence, there is something spectacular about the beauty and power that the color white holds. It’s uplifting, graceful, feminine, beautiful, powerful and damn near shocking.

Was the message femininity? Gender Equality? Was it another #MeToo ploy? What was it? I don’t know, but it resonated.

And looked kinda fun.

The New York Times declared that the white pantsuit was revived by Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election as a suffragist symbol. Then it was urged to wear white at the polls that year.

But now?

Now, we have a whole political party descending upon a massive cathedral styled room in Washington D.C. like some angel with a political aura, or Charlie’s Angels.

“You weren’t supposed to do that,” President Trump addressed the women of Congress who responded collectively with thunderous celebration.

No, he wasn’t talking about the fashion choice, he was talking about the record number of women (totaling to 117) who won office last year.

Democrats, who took the house, left 17 of 27 seats reserved by women. Republicans, who won the Senate, gained two seats, one of which went to Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee’s first female senator.

Girl. Power.

The State of the Union wrapped up after Trump declared an end to the military presence in the middle east, negotiating an end to the Afghanistan war. Most noted, he did not threaten to enter a state of emergency or reactivate the government shutdown if The Wall is not funded, but he did promote the project and its potential benefits.

However, a final blow to the Democrats to cap the night, some speculate to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in particular.

“We will never be a socialist country.” he said.

Photo Courtesy: Fox News

 

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