Progressives, Trump Critics Plan Additional Responses to State of the Union

31 January, 2018, 11:00 | Author: Lynne Higgins
  • Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III speaks during the201 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Pennsylvania

Kennedy won't be alone, either.

The second Democratic response, delivered in Spanish, will be given by Virginia delegate Elizabeth Guzman, who is the first female immigrant elected to the Virginia House of Delegates.

In addition, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., will respond after Trump's remarks on BET, and former Maryland Rep. Donna F. Edwards will be giving remarks. Although Joe's delivering the Democratic response to Trump. she tells us she's not taking sides.

In 2014, the a year ago the opposition party had to rebut a rosy State of the Union in a strong economy, Republicans swung a similar rhetorical club.

"Joe Kennedy is the future", President Barack Obama's former speechwriter and foreign policy adviser, Ben Rhodes, tweeted last week.

Kennedy, a 37-year-old progressive, is a member of one the most well-known American dynasties, but he keeps a pretty low profile. As per tradition, the opposing party chose one of its own to deliver a response. His grandfather was Senator Robert Kennedy, and his great uncles include JFK and longtime Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy.

Republicans targeted Kennedy as "another out of touch, MA liberal" and mocked progressives for offering multiple responses to the speech. "This is not who we are", Kennedy said Tuesday evening.

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What is Joe Kennedy known for? Through her love of learning, hard work and dedication, Guzman persevered through economic hardship and obtained her degree in Office Administration and Management from Northern Virginia Community College, while working three jobs.

Kennedy, who comes from one of the most prominent families in American politics, is also set to slam Trump for "targeting laws" that protect Americans.

Democrats received Trump's speech coldly, staying silently seated as he touted economic gains and the tax cuts Republicans passed past year.

Kennedy serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee and has sponsored legislation to boost the manufacturing sector. In Congress, he is a leading voice for LGBTQ equality, voting rights, civil rights and immigration reform.

"I'll do my best and hopefully if it doesn't go well, I'll be able to laugh about it", Kennedy said. "But it's far bigger than that".

The father of two is the grandson of the Sen.

But Kennedy says Trump has caused serious problems for the American people, including through proposals that target Muslims, transgender people and others. "But that's got to be right in time for me and my family".


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