.@jaketapper: You might think tonight would be a good time for Democrats on the Hill to come together and craft a focused, unified response. Instead, the opposition will feature no fewer than five separate responses. pic.twitter.com/Ia91ZbtsvC
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) January 30, 2018
With the left side of the aisle offering up five different responses to President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address, CNN host Jake Tapper questioned the Democrats’ strategy and suggested it shows “disunity.”
While the young Rep. Joe Kennedy III, a Massachusetts Democrat, is the party’s official SOTU response choice, the 37-year-old will have to fight for potential voters’ attention with the four seemingly competing voices from the left-of-center crowd. The other SOTU rebuttals include Spanish-speaking Virginia House Delegate Elizabeth Guzman, socialist-leaning Senator Bernie Sanders, former Democratic Maryland Representative Donna Edwards of the Working Families Party, and a BET response from Representative Maxine Waters.
In response to this unorthodox, fractured response approach, Tapper said the following:
“You might think tonight and the Trump era in general might be a time for Democrats on Capitol Hill to come together and craft a focused, unified response. Instead no, fewer than five separate responses to be seen everywhere from Facebook to BET Network… One might also argue that this is the sign of a party experiencing some disunity.”
Tapper went on to note that it “seems the state of the opposition party is a mixed bag.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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