Democratic Representative Adam Smith moved to ban future State of the Union addresses on Tuesday morning, saying the President’s speech allows politicians to make “promises” they never intend on keeping to the American people.
Rep. Smith called for the end of the joint address that goes back to the earliest days of the nation while speaking at the House Armed Services Committee; calling on Congress to ban the remarks “for Democrats and Republicans alike.”
“The State of the Union address promised more money than I can possibly imagine,” said Smith. “I think we ought to ban the State of the Union address, and I say that for Democrats and Republicans alike.”
“The main thing that it does is it gives the executive a chance to stand up there and promise things that are absolutely, utterly, and completely impossible to deliver,” he added. “And then the American public comes to expect it, and rightfully gets a little bit irritated when magic doesn’t make it happen.”
“Every State of the Union address I have seen since I’ve been here, I’ve walked out of there thinking, ‘We don’t have that money. What is he talking about?’” Smith said.
The liberal lawmakers comments come just days after President Trump delivered his first annual State of the Union address to the American people; a speech widely-praised by viewers with some polls putting the approval rating as high as 75%.
SOTU SIT-IN: Here’s a List of Things DEMOCRATS Won’t APPLAUD
President Trump delivered his first ever State of the Union address Tuesday night, calling on both parties to unite and touting a strong economic message to the American people; predictably prompting only one-side of the packed chamber to rise to their feet.
Liberal legislators led an all-night sit-in against the Commander-in-Chief, refusing to rise after the President cited record-low unemployment for African-Americans, unprecedented job growth, the defeat of ISIS, a booming stock market, and all-out patriotism.
The Washington Free Beacon compiled a hilarious list of “Things Democrats Won’t Applaud” Wednesday morning, showing Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and other liberal leaders refusing to stand as the President touted America’s success stories.
Watch the hilarious video above.
DON’T HOLD YOUR BREATH: Schumer Tells Trump to ‘THANK OBAMA’ at SOTU
House Minority Leader Chuck Schumer offered some “expert advice” to President Trump just hours before his State of the Union address, telling the Commander-in-Chief to thank former President Barack Obama for the booming economy and unprecedented stock market growth.
The liberal legislator was speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday afternoon when he called on the President to “admit” that “he inherited the healthy economy” from his predecessor; adding much of the strong economic recovery was “created by President Obama’s policies.”
“The president will be eager to defend the accomplishments of his nascent administration and take credit for a healthy American economy, pointing to low employment, job growth, and a soaring stock market,” Schumer said. “But the truth is these trends were present before Donald Trump took office.”
“President Trump was handed an already healthy economy by his predecessor,” he claimed. “Like many things in his life, he inherited the healthy economy. Here are two words we won’t hear President Trump say tonight about the economy – thanks, Obama – because much of the growth in 2017 was created by President Obama’s policies and by many measures the growth under President Obama was better than under President Trump.”
h/t Town Hall