Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy set to deliver Democratic SOTU response

Saul Bowman
February 1, 2018

The Sanders appeal was more outwardly political than Kennedy's, though the MA congressman did make mention of the rise of grassroots activism during Trump's first year.

"I don't think marijuana should be legalized", Kennedy said a few weeks before the most recent MA ballot vote.

Without mentioning Trump by name, Kennedy described an amoral, bullying president obsessed with celebrity and crowd size.

Kennedy has since been reelected to the U.S. House of representatives two more times, in 2014 and 2016.

"We choose both. We fight for both", Kennedy said. We choose a better deal for all who call this country home.

Immediate reaction to his address on social media was partly, unkindly, preoccupied over how glistening his lips appeared, which on Wednesday he explained on ABC's Good Morning America was ChapStick.

The 37-year-old is now serving his third term as US Representative of MA 4th Congressional District.

Kennedy explained on Wednesday that ChapStick was the reason his lips glistened.

One niche issue that Kennedy has embraced is transgender rights.

Congress remains at a deadlock over how to resolve their status, after Trump moved in September to rescind legal protections granted to Dreamers under Barack Obama.

The response did not specifically target numerous remarks Trump made in his address, but did extent a hand specifically to Dreamers, the thousands of young immigrants whose presence in the country is under threat due to the ending of the DACA program.

"If at the end of the day, people say, 'Hey, he was interesting - I want to look that guy up, ' then it will be a successful thing for him", said Florida-based Democratic strategist Steve Schale. Join us in a conversation about world events, the newsgathering process or whatever aspect of the news universe you find interesting or important. "We will not walk away" - first, followed by the Spanish.

Speaking at Diman Regional Technical School in Fall River, Mass., following Trump's address, Kennedy, D-Mass., said the president and his administration have made efforts to disrupt legislation meant to protect Americans and divide the country throughout his first year in office. He did just that: "Many have spent the previous year, anxious, angry, afraid, we all feel the fractured fault lines across our country".

"Don't expect to hear much bipartisanship in the Democrat response tonight, or any attempt to reach out to Americans in the middle - the forgotten voter who sent President Trump to the White House". Those divisions will challenge Democrats as they move towards 2020 and seek a nominee to challenge President Trump.

Republicans targeted Kennedy as "another out of touch, MA liberal", who is "emblematic" of the Democratic Party's problems.

The moment essentially marks Mr. Kennedy's national debut.

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