State of the Union: Trump calls for unity and border security


Kelly Kendall

President Donald Trump delivered the State of the Union address on Feb. 5 2019 and called for a border wall and prison reform.

Averie King, News Writer

While President Donald Trump called for unity during his State of the Union (SOTU) address, his request for a border wall and bans on late-term abortion were more “divisive” than unifying.

Trump called for a wall on the southern border to be built in order to combat the “crisis” at the border. These comments come just after the country’s longest government shutdown and days away from another impending government shutdown over securing funding for the wall. Trump was heavily criticized by democrats for the shutdown that saw more than 800,000 government employees out of work. Speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi expresses her dissent for the focus on the wall during the SOTU, saying that Trump should instead focus on “smart border security solutions.”

President Trump amidst the address, both Republicans and Democrats payed close attention to what Trump had to say amidst the border wall controversy.

Trump also criticized the bill passed in New York legalizing late term abortions in cases where it was medically recommended,“lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments before birth,” Trump said. He then asked congress to ban late term abortions.

Trump’s unity agenda was successful during parts of the SOTU. When Trump announced that 58 percent of jobs last year were filled by women, the Democratic Congresswomen cheered, and then chanted ‘USA” when he recognized the record number of women in Congress. The bipartisan cheering hinted at the potential unity of both parties that is possible if they work together.

Democrat women wore white to the address in honor of the Equal Rights Amendment.

Trump also focused on the passage of the bipartisan First Step Act, a criminal justice reform bill giving non-violent offenders a better chance to re-enter society after incarceration. He also recognized Alice Johnson, a first time nonviolent offender sentenced to life whose sentence was commuted.

Trump ended the SOTU on a high note, that the best is yet to come for America, with 76 percent of Americans who tuned in approving of his address, it seems that Trump isn’t the only one who believes that in his goals.