President Trump highlighted three years of American accomplishments in his 2020 State of the Union address, awarded a scholarship, reunited a military family, acknowledged a 100 year old veteran, and awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom. But throughout the entire speech, there was no mention of impeachment.
Tomorrow the Senate will vote on Trump’s impeachment, with the vote more or less already determined to be along party lines, virtually guaranteeing the president’s acquittal. The issue has polarized the country, causing bitter divisions between Republican and Democratic party members. The conflict was evident during the State of the Union address, with some representatives boycotting the address in protest and others wearing pins to protest climate change policies. In a dramatic moment at the end of the address, Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped up her copy of Trump’s speech in front of everyone. When asked by an ABC News reporter why she did so, Pelosi replied “It was such a dirty speech.”
Many House Democratic women wore white, a sign of the suffragist movement that won women the right to vote 100 years ago, and chanted “HR3” to support a bill that would lower drug costs. House impeachment managers were seated together in the front of the Democrats’ section and were placid throughout the speech, as Republicans vocally cheered on the president.
The address comes at a time when America is more divided than ever, as the country enters into election season. No clear winner has yet emerged from the Democratic Iowa caucuses, which has been a fairly accurate indicator of the eventual presidential nominee.