Representative Joe Kennedy III, elected Democrat from Massachusetts, had accused President Donald J. Trump of cleaving the United States. He made this statement in the context of official Democratic response to President's State of the Union speech. The former alleged that Trump's actions are destroying the core of the US conception that all should be protected. He squarely targeted the Trump administration saying that the present government does not measure dignity by birth. Instead, the administration equates dignity by a person's net worth, and for those in politics, by the crowd size and the headlines made. The Democrat continued in this vein, saying that as per Trump, dignity also depends on spouse gender, the country of birth, the skin color, and the God which one prays to.
The Kennedy response is a standard reply in the US political discourse. While the US President gives the prime speech, the event is also a chance for the opposition party to leave its marks. The Democratic Party has chosen a younger member whose name harks back to the party's hoary past. Kennedy is much less known compared to other Democratic contenders for the 2020 presidential elections. This televised speech is his biggest moment on national stage.
Kennedy said Trump has presented Americans a succession of false choices. The presidential actions are based on the premise that for one to win, another should lose. The present administration, he alleged, has asked the ordinary hard-working American to choose between single moms or the coal miners, inner cities or the rural communities, and the heartland or the coast. The Democrat said that it is possible to fight for all Americans. He reminded everyone that the United States continues to be the greatest and the strongest nation in the globe. A rich nation like the US must not leave any of its citizens behind.
Kennedy, in his speech, underlined Democratic demands like higher minimum wages, expanded healthcare, and paid leave. He pointed out that it is wrong to have the company CEO earning 300 times the salary of the same company's standard employee. The Democrat stressed on Trump's attitude and the fractured lines of the US under this Republican administration. Kennedy compared Trump to a bully, saying that although bullies could punch and leave marks, they could never hope to match the spirit and strength of people who are united to defend their future.