Democrats had a rising star and the former Georgia Gubernatorial predecessor, Stacey Abrams, delivered their response following President Donald Trump's nearly 90-minute State of the Union speech on Tuesday night, according to PBS.
Abrams served from 2011 to 2017 as the minority leader of the House of Representatives of Georgia before becoming the democratic candidate in the gubernatorial election of Georgia in 2018.
Abrams, 45, is a rising star in the Democratic Party after her limited loss in Georgia and now leads her own organization called Fair Fight Action.
She also makes history as the first black woman to give the democratic answer to the state of the Union.
Abrams began her remarks by describing her own family background and growing up as she moved back and forth between the lower middle class and working class.
"Our strength and strength as Americans live in our hard work and our beliefs and more." My family understood firsthand that although success is not guaranteed, we live in a nation where opportunities are possible, but we do not succeed in it alone, "Abrams said, mentioning the need for friends and neighbors to come together.
She also recalled that volunteer work helped to distribute meals to seasoned federal workers during the recent closure, and called the step to "make the livelihood of our federal workers a pawn for political games a shame".
"The closure was a stunt designed by the president of the United States, one that defied all the fundamentals of honesty and not only our people, but our values," said Abrams.
"Our most urgent job is to realize the dreams of Americans of today and tomorrow, to pave the way to independence and prosperity that will last a lifetime."
"Under the current government, far too hard-working Americans fall behind, living wages to salary, most without trade unions protesting against them," the Democrat said, even quoting how "Republican tax legislation was manipulating the system against working people."
During her remarks she described the intense need to combat electoral oppression.
"The voter's oppression is real: from making it more difficult to register and stay on the rollers to moving and closing polling stations, to the rejection of legal ballots, we can no longer ignore these threats to democracy. I am the result of the 2018 election here in Georgia, I have not done that and we can not accept attempts to undermine our voting rights, "Abrams said.
She said that this was the "next battle for our democracy" and the need to "reject the cynicism that says that every vote that is counted is a seizure of power".
Abrams described how, "the hope of the family is being crushed by Republican leadership that ignores real life – or just does not understand it."
She also said that there is a future for two parties, especially in creating a 21st century immigration plan & # 39;
But the government of Trump "chooses to cage children and tear up families, America is made stronger by the presence of immigrants, not by walls."
"We have fought Jim Crow with the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, but we continue to fight racism," Abrams said, and he mentioned the need to continue in the fight against racism, between friends and those in power.
"America achieved a degree of reproductive justice in Roe versus Wade, but we must never forget that it is immoral to harm politicians women and families in order to promote a political agenda," Abram said after Trump had sworn to have a Abortion of 20 weeks ahead. ban during his speech earlier in the night.
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She also described how the US has a degree of justice in Roe v. Wade & # 39; reached, but warned that politicians did not harm women and families to promote a political agenda. We confirmed marital equality, but the LGBTQ community is still being attacked. & # 39;
And Abrams also noticed, even though she was very disappointed & # 39; about Trumps approach to those problems: & # 39; I still do not want him to fail. & # 39;
She closed her remarks by emphasizing the importance of politicians doing well by their voters.
"Because America wins by fighting for our shared values against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that is who we are, and when we do, never wavering, the state of our union will always be strong."
Landlord Nancy Pelosi has released a statement before Abrams remarks stating that she and other Democrats & # 39; elated & # 39; that she gave the answer, since Abrams embodies the American dream, and her strong message of progress for everyone is desperately needed during this time for our country. "
The decision to raise Abrams on national podiums stems from constant speculation about her participation in a senate seat in 2020, especially after she had met Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Catherine Cortez Mastro of Nevada, the chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, to discuss a possible run in 2020.
–WN.com, Maureen Foody