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Joe Kennedy delivers rebuttal to State of the Union speech

Joe Kennedy delivers rebuttal to State of the Union speech”

Kennedy said the "American promise" stands in contrast to the policies of the current administration. "Our courage is contagious".

Rep. Joe Kennedy, a 37-year-old Massachusetts Democrat and a scion of the Kennedy political dynasty, delivered an impassioned Democratic response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address on Tuesday night.

"Many have spent the past year anxious, angry, afraid", said Kennedy, 37, a third-term congressman from MA, who is the grandson of Robert "Bobby" Kennedy and great-nephew of former President John F Kennedy. They may leave a mark.

He smartly posed Trump not as the embodiment of the popular will (as autocrats commonly do) but as a "bully" - who will "land a blow and leave a mark" but can not "match the strength and spirit of the people united in defense of their future".

Democratic policies that exemplify those values, according to Kennedy, include a "living wage, paid leave and affordable child care"; a health care system that "offers mercy"; and an "economy strong enough to boast record stock prices and fearless enough to admit that top CEOs making 300 times the average worker is not right".

The official Spanish-language response from the Democrats was delivered by newly elected Virginia Delegate Elizabeth Guzman. "It seems like a time of great opportunity for the Democratic Party". "This is a Kennedy who could be president". For more on Guzman, go here.

The politician also directly addressed Dreamers, several of whom attended the State of the Union as guests of Democratic lawmakers, in Spanish. Someone said that's "not nice" and Pelosi looked around, sticking out her arms, as if she was trying to quiet them.

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Kennedy made sure he reminded listeners of the countless insults and attacks launched by the president since he took office.

The staging inevitably led to chatter over Kennedy's prospects as a contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

Some liberal groups hoped to overshadow Mr. Trump himself.

Catalina Velasquez, president of End Rape on Campus, who is an illegal immigrant and transgender, pledged in 2018 to fight for immigrant families facing "separation due to the fear-mongering, mass deportation, xenophobic agenda in place under the Trump administration".

A further response from the left-leaning side of the Trump opposition was given Tuesday night from the Working Families Party, which supports progressive policies and enjoys particular clout in NY. "CONGRESS: INVESTIGATE TRUMP" on the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Democrats said ahead of the speech they did not plan to "pull a Wilson" - a reference to the South Carolina Republican congressman, Joe Wilson, who interrupted President Obama during a joint session of Congress speech in 2009 with an infamous outburst: "You lie!"

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