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Trump is on his way down Pennsylvania Ave to deliver the 2019 #SOTU. He told a reporter he's "very excited" as he entered a car, but he didn't sound like it.

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This chyron is a bit on the nose
Melania has been taking tanning tips from her husband
Trump is trying to rebrand himself as positive and unifying and it doesn't even seem like he's buying it
Huge pop -- rightfully -- for three World War 2 veterans who are in attendance
Buzz Aldrin is also in the house
WOW! @SpeakerPelosi aggressively claps *at Trump* after he says, "we must reject the politics of revenge, resistance, and retribution, and embrace the boundless potential of cooperation, compromise, and the common good."
.@SenGillibrand's eyes almost rolled out of her head
.@Sen_JoeManchin appears to have been clapping by himself on the Democratic side of the aisle after Trump bragged about America's energy production
Pelosi rolls her eyes hard after Trump says, "an economic miracle is taking place in the United States, and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics, or *ridiculous, partisan investigations*"
It looks like everyone is having fun
Alice Johnson, sitting next to Jared and Ivanka, is in tears after Trump talks about commuting her sentence after 22 years in prison
Trump describes situation at border as "urgent national crisis."

"Congress has 10 days...Now is the time for Congress to show the world that America is committed to ending illegal immigration & putting ruthless coyotes, cartels, drug dealers, & human traffickers out of business"
Republicans audibly groan as Trump starts trying to stoke fears about migrant caravans
Trump is now in the Tucker Carlson portion of the speech: "No issue better illustrates the divide between America's working-class & political class than illegal immigration. Wealthy politicians & donors push for open borders, while living their lives behind walls, gates & guards"
Trump's remarks about kidnapping and human trafficking are met with uncomfortable silence
Trump recognizes a number of families who have been the victims of immigrant crime to try and smear immigrants as criminals.

(Undocumented immigrants in fact commit crimes at lower rates than native-born Americans.)
Trump struggles with the word "scourge"
TRUMP on the wall: "This is a smart, strategic, see-through steel barrier -- not just a simple concrete wall"

(He doesn't bother to discuss how he thinks he's going to get funding for this!)

He then uses a false talking point about how El Paso became much safer thanks to a wall
Trump shamelessly tries to take credit for the fact that "we also have more women serving in the Congress than ever before." (They're almost all Democrats who are not fans of his.)
Trump says "the next major priority" for him is "to protect patients with preexisting conditions." (He's spent 2 years trying to take away protections for those people.)

Pelosi claps at him. Romney barely claps at all.
🎵 hello darkness my old friend 🎵
TRUMP takes a shot at Ralph Northam, says he's "asking Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother's womb."

Republican men cheer, women mostly stay seated.
Trump's transition from abortion to national security could've used some more work
After bragging about pulling US out of a nuclear treaty with Russia, Trump vows that if a new agreement can't be reached, America "will outspend and out-innovate all others by far." 👀
Democrats groan as Trump talks about how he thinks we'd be at war with North Korea if he hadn't been elected
Democrats boo as Trump says "here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country."

Bernie Sanders in particular is having none of it. Republicans cheer and chant "USA! USA!"
.@SenSanders reacts to Trump bashing socialism
Trump talks about Iran like he's speaking to a 1st grader: "They do bad, bad things."
Trump recognizes Judah Samet, a survivor of the anti-Semitic shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh last fall who also survived the Nazi concentration camps.

Members of Congress even sing an impromptu version of "happy birthday" to him.
Trump closes by making an attempt at lofty rhetoric
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