Remember the State of the Union?


The week of February 3, 2020, was monumental for President Trump, from the State of the Union Address on Tuesday to the Senate voting on his removal from office on Wednesday. The annual message was packed full of surprises, from Rush Limbaugh being awarded the Medal of Freedom to Nancy Pelosi ripping Trump’s speech in half.

Abnormalities became apparent from the start of the event. As soon as Trump arrived at the podium, Republican congressmen began chanting “Four more years!” in reference to the President’s possible re-election this fall. Next, President Trump, in a fashion consistent with that of his predecessors, handed his speech to the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. In return, she offered her hand, as expected of the Speaker of the House, but he turned his back to her, refusing to shake. The president began his speech.

The address started off with an explanation of how our economy has taken off. According to Trump, economic decline is now a thing of the past; seven million jobs have been created under Trump’s administration. He announced that, from the time he took office, the unemployment rate of women and minorities is now at an all-time low. He highlighted the improving quality of working-class families, as well as America’s position as the premier oil and natural gas producers.

In addition, he added, “Since my election, U.S. stock markets have soared seventy percent, adding more than $12 trillion to our nation’s wealth, transcending anything anyone believed was possible. This is a record.”

The U.S., according to Trump, now has a wonderful relationship with China. Our country is upholding the hopes of democracy for Nicaragua, Cuba, and Venezuela, with Juan Guaido even making an appearance. “Socialism destroys nations. But always remember: Freedom unifies the soul,” Trump said upon acknowledging the Venezuelan president.

From a 13-year-old’s dream to enlisting in the brand new Space Force military branch, to an African American girl suddenly getting a full scholarship to the school of her choice, it seemed like everyone got their share of the spotlight. That was no different for conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the middle of the address for his “tireless devotion to our country.” This was the first time such an event has taken place during a State of the Union Address.

The rest of the speech was largely uneventful, with mentions of immigration and I.C.E., abortion, the takedown of ISIS terrorists, all of which are common for a Trump speech. He closed with the remarks, “Our spirit is still young, the sun is still rising, God’s grace is still shining, and, my fellow Americans, the best is yet to come,” garnering applause from the floor. Having sat stoically behind Trump for the entire hour of the speech, Nancy Pelosi stood up, ripped her own copy of the speech. This has never happened before in a State of the Union Address.