CDP Chair Statement on State of the Union

Los Angeles - California Democratic Party Chair Eric C. Bauman released the following statement in reaction to Donald Trump's State of the Union Address:

"Despite Donald Trump's delusional words tonight, the strength of our Union is facing its greatest test in living memory. The rich are getting richer, healthcare is getting harder to come by, job growth is slowing, the stock market is on a bubble. Women, people of color, immigrants, the LGBT Community and people with disabilities face daily harassment, assault and barriers to opportunity.

The state of the world is even worse. The United States stands isolated, backwards and alone in refusing to combat climate change. Trump is foolishly provoking a trade war with China, and his macho posturing with North Korea threatens millions of lives, including tens of thousands of American soldiers. Russia is openly subverting democratic norms in the U.S. and around the world, and Congressional Republicans are more interested in running interference for Trump than they are in protecting the integrity of the U.S. government.

With the possible exception of the last days of Richard Nixon's administration, the American people have never been saddled with a leader so completely disconnected from reality, or with a White House and Congress so willing to flagrantly lie to the American people.

While Republicans continue to focus on enriching the ultra-wealthy and sticking everyone else with the bill, Democrats will continue to fight for meaningful change that lifts everyone up. We will keep working for an economy that works for everybody, healthcare for every American, affordable college for all, robust protections against all forms of discrimination, genuine immigration reform that allows Dreamers and immigrants to live the American Dream, repairing our crumbling roads and bridges, and revitalizing our frayed relationships around the world.

The strength of our Union cannot be found in Washington D.C., because Republicans who control the White House and Congress are only interested in further enriching billionaires while lining their own pockets. Instead, the true strength of our Union can be found in the millions of people who have taken to the streets in protest, called and e-mailed their Representatives, and spoken out against this unprecedented assault on decency.

Everyday Americans have been, and will continue to be, the reason our Union is strong, and despite the challenges we face, our resistance to Trump and Washington Republicans will be the fount of progress and renewal for America."

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