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RJC Statement on the State of the Union 2019

Washington, DC (February 5, 2019) -- The Republican Jewish Coalition released the following statement after President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address to the Congress:

Tonight, the President performed his Constitutional duty of delivering to Congress information of the state of the union and his recommendations of measures for their consideration. His messages on the economy, national security, and infrastructure were clear. But equally clear were the messages the President and members of Congress sent through their choices of guests for the event.
 
President Trump honored Americans who have displayed resilience, courage, and love of freedom. Among them were Judah Samet, who survived the horrific shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue last October, decades after he survived the Holocaust, and Pittsburgh SWAT team officer Timothy Matson, who was wounded while saving lives during the anti-Semitic attack on the Tree of Life synagogue.
 
Democrats used their guest invitations to highlight radical positions their base wants to hear, but which are out of step with mainstream America on things like transgender issues, climate change activism, “open borders” immigration reforms, gun control, and the “resistance.”
 
The State of the Union is an opportunity reflect on the freedom we enjoy as Americans and the heavy responsibility our elected leaders bear to defend our freedom. Democratic members of Congress could have focused, as President Trump did, on what unites and strengthens us. Instead they chose to put forward divisiveness and partisanship.