Locals react to President Trump’s State of the Union
Feb. 2, 2018
President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union on Thursday night, speaking about immigration and acknowledging low unemployment rates.
“I just don’t buy it,” James Garcia of Creative Vistas Media says. “I don’t buy it at all. I don’t think it was sincere. I think it came off as hollow. I think he was trying to deliver a message not just to the Republican Party and the established Republican Party, but also to, if you will, Independents – anyone out there he thinks he could swing because he is doing horribly in the polls.”
Garcia is one of many who are unimpressed by the address. He thinks it was a campaign speech to the president’s party, and he was taking credit for things he had no business in taking credit for. However, Garcia believes there is a blue wave coming in November that will bring the Republicans a hard time.
“I think a big piece of this was trying to get Republicans to be more comfortable in making sure they vote for Republicans this November,” Jaime Molera of Molera Alvarez says. “That’s a big issue – wondering if not only are they going to keep the Senate, but are they going to keep the House.”
Molera points out that Trump brought up unemployment in a variety of minority groups because it’s an agreeable topic. Whether or not the listener buys it, people can approve of what he had said.
“If he can demonstrate that our economy is on the right path, and he can demonstrate that people are employed and making higher wages, then ultimately their lives are going to get better,” Molera says.
Garcia says the jobs Trump talked about saving, however, aren’t being helped. The bigger picture, Garcia says, is international global trade deals that are good for the country.
Trump invited a couple families whose daughters were victims of a murder crime committed by someone who was in the country illegally. The president has done this before, notably in his campaign tours. Garcia saw he display of the victims as “pure exploitation.”
More coverage of the State of the Union was shown on Arizona Horizon.