Democratic Senator Nancy Pelosi mercilessly criticized Trump’s address, describing it as a “self-congratulatory speech” that lacked vision, and accusing the president of dividing the country rather than uniting it.
"He promised unity, but sowed division. America deserves better," the senator tweeted.
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) also took a dim view of the Trump’s speech, claiming that it “stoked the fires of division” instead of bringing the nation "closer together."
After a long and divisive year, many Americans were yearning for the President to present a unifying vision for the country. Unfortunately, his #SOTU address stoked the fires of division instead of bringing us closer together. #AYearOfTrump— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) 31 января 2018 г.
He also criticized the president’s address even before it was delivered, insisting that Trump will likely try and take credit for the ongoing economic recovery while the real praise for this feat should, according to Senator Schumer, go to Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama.
"Two words I don't think we'll hear tonight on the economy? Thanks, Obama," Schumer told media.
Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez jokingly said that Trump's speech was translated from Russian, adding that he personally disagreed with all of the points made by Trump.
"Even though I disagreed with almost everything he said, for Trump, the speech was clear and well-delivered. Whoever translated it for him from Russian did a good job," Gutierrez said Tuesday in a statement published on his website.
The Congressman added that the president's speech did not help to bridge the gap between those who oppose immigration and those who support it, and said that he had little hope for the agreement on the fate of Dreamers, young people brought into the United States as minors, who under the DREAM Act were able to get conditional residency and, if they fulfill all the criteria, the permanent one as well.
Democratic Rep. Joe Kennedy who delivered the Democratic Party’s response to Trump’s speech accused the White House of "targeting the laws" that protect Americans.
"This administration isn't just targeting the laws that protect us — they are targeting the very idea that we are all worthy of protection," Kennedy said.
A CNN instant poll also revealed that 48 percent of the viewers felt "very positive" about Trump’s speech, with 22 percent feeling "somewhat positive."
It turned out however that many did not share the grim assessments made by the Democratic lawmakers, with people on Twitter praising Trump’s speech and mocking the Democrats’ stance.
Look at the members of the Congressional Black Caucus as they hold their applause for the LOWEST BLACK UNEMPLOYMENT OF ALL TIME!— CoreyJones🇺🇸 (@CoreyLMJones) 31 января 2018 г.
Democrats don’t want blacks to succeed, they just want their votes. Black Lives Matter… to President Trump! #MAGA🇺🇸 #SOTU pic.twitter.com/4OcRPYCWEp
Not only @POTUS broke another record, most tweeted #SOTU in history but he got people to reconsider their stances! I just received this text and many messages in social media! pic.twitter.com/UQiNwIkcZ5— Ximena (@RepublicanChick) 31 января 2018 г.
#StateofOurUnion— AIIIIIIIIIIIIIIice☕️Unfiltered (@Trumperland) 31 января 2018 г.
Trump’s #SOTU Address
Capped Off A Year Of Successful
Implementation Of The Nationalist
Agenda He Promised His Voters
During The Most Energetic
Campaign Our Nation Has Ever Seen
…. This Is OUR Time To Dream… pic.twitter.com/PbwrWu3zrM
Many Hollywood celebrities have also exhibited their somewhat trademark contempt for Trump, taking shots at the president and the speech he delivered.
PS not all immigrants are in murderous gangs, one did my hair color today — I don’t really need to say this, right? #SOTU— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) 31 января 2018 г.
Here, I'm gonna fact check this speech: whatever he just said was bullshit. Boom. Solid reporting. #SOTU— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) 31 января 2018 г.