Stacey Abrams and Xavier Becerra Deliver SOTU Responses
Following Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, former GA gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra delivered the Democratic responses. Abrams sharply criticized Donald Trump for the recent partial government shutdown, calling it "a stunt engineered by the president," and argued that the aspirations of American families "are being crushed by Republican leadership that ignores real life or just doesn't understand it." The longtime voting rights advocate also warned that voter suppression is "real" and described protecting the right to vote as "the next battle for our democracy." The 45-year-old is the first Black woman to deliver a SOTU response -- highlighting the important role Black women play in elections and politics. Becerra, who delivered the first-ever live Spanish- language response, criticized Trump's "obsession" with building a border wall. He said Democrats would reject any "foolish proposal" to channel emergency funds to construct a border wall. "The idea of declaring a nonexistent state of emergency on the border, in order to justify robbing funds that belong to the victims of fires, floods, hurricanes, and droughts, to pay for the wall is not only immoral, it is illegal," he said. Since becoming the Golden State’s AG, the former Congressman has sued the Trump administration 45 times -- more than any state Attorney General has sued a presidential administration. He also called on more Hispanic voters to participate in upcoming elections. "Believe me, we can tear down walls and open doors with our hands, what's more, we already have," he said. "With your votes last November, you changed the composition of Congress." As we previously reported, Hispanics will be the largest racial or ethnic minority group in the electorate for the 2020 election, according to a new analysis from the Pew Research Center.