As promised, we read through reader comments last night and picked out some of the best.
The main takeaway . . .
Kansas City is just as divided as everyone else about the speech and the fight ahead whilst critics tuned out Prez Trump and supporters ignored the growing momentum of his opposition.
Here are the highlights of our conversation . . .
Comment High Praise & Future Prediction
"President Trump gave an EXCELLENT speech! Shades of Ronald Reagan. I see Trump solidifying his base for 2020, and making it very difficult for any Democrat contender to gather a mass groundswell. Democrats are repeating what Republicans did in the 2016 race for the nomination, when something like 16-19 candidates entered the race and allowed newcomer Trump to suck all the oxygen off the stage."
"The Washington democrats have no new ideas, just like the KC democrats. The KC democrats continue to defend the most regressive tax policies and the centerpiece is the earnings tax. Trump and Jeff City republicans are more progressive than KC democrats. Trump 2020."
Deflating The Prez
"Glad Trump made it through before passing out. It took him nearly 90 minutes to slur his way through a half hour speech."
Local Take On Lady Triumph
"Trump was right about one thing. The record low unemployment for women.
"Democrats all had a big laugh and shared high fives at Trump's expense on that line. Trump didn't realize how important he was in directly creating new jobs for 117 women in Congress.
"He should probably fire his speechwriter."
Watching Political Bounce
"Partisan politics is about the only place people can LOSE and still be 'rising stars'."
Kansas City Economic Determinism?!?!
"As long as AOC is going full bore Socialist... no chance of Trump losing 2020."
Super Dave Talks Cooperation
"Lot of truth to what he said and a lot of truth to what he says needs to be done. I noticed how he emphasizes on working together."
A few more links on the topic:
Fox News: President Trump's State of the Union Address: read the speech
KCTV5: Read: Stacey Abrams' Democratic response to the SOTU
Fox News: Ocasio-Cortez says Trump 'scared' after he vows America will 'never be a socialist country'
Atlantic: Stacey Abrams’s New Strategy for Democrats
UST: Nancy Pelosi clapped at Trump during State of the Union. The memes quickly followed
LA Times: Female lawmakers wear symbolic white to Trump's State of the Union address
Biz Insider: The most powerful moment at the State of the Union was a win for Democrats that Trump had no control over
CNN: Trump's call for compromise is only on his own terms
NPR: Fact Check - Trump's State Of The Union Address
Huff Post: Bernie Sanders Uses Rebuttal To Fact-Check Trump’s State Of The Union Speech
WaPo: Democrats kept throwing shade at Trump during the State of the Union
Vox: Why Trump spent so much time criticizing abortion during the State of the Union
KSHB: Local lawmakers react to President Trump's State of the Union address
You decide . . .