February 05, 2020

Castro Statement on State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON—Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and member of the House Intelligence and Education and Labor Committees, released the following statement after the President’s State of the Union Address:

“The President walked into the chamber last night under a cloud of impeachment—one of the few Presidents in American history to give a State of the Union Address in the same chamber he was impeached. Instead of healing the country and bringing Americans together, President Trump used division and outright lies to rally his political base. He undercut himself when he used tired, xenophobic tactics, fearmongering immigrants to scare Americans. He disrespected our democracy when he deployed misinformation on the economy, income inequality, infrastructure, and pre-existing conditions. It’s difficult to sit and listen to a President lay out his “vision” for our nation when he has told thousands of lies with little to no consequence. It’s difficult to claim any semblance of strong, moral leadership when our leader embraces our adversaries instead of our allies and cages innocent children at our border. This is not the era of the “American comeback.” This is the era of mistruths and moral ineptitude. The President abused his power and will continue to do so while throwing the very real needs of the American people under the bus. Last night’s address should serve as a clarion call for all Americans who deserve a President that values truth over fallacies, policy over partisanship, and moral clarity over cruelty.”

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