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Trump's idea of unity meets a skeptical State of the Union audience


February 6, 2019

President Trump turns to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as he delivers his State of the Union address, as Vice President Mike Pence watches. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

When President Donald Trump took the podium for his second State of the Union address Tuesday night, he faced the most diverse Congress in U.S. history. One quarter of the 535 members are women. Their ranks include the first Muslim woman in Congress, the first Palestinian-American woman, the first Somali-American, the first two Native American women and the first immigrant born in South America.

Thanks to a resounding defeat in the 2018 midterm elections, Trump faced an audience the majority of whom were not members of his party or worldview as he began his appeal for unity. "The agenda I will lay out this evening is not a Republican agenda or a Democrat agenda. It's the agenda of the American people," Trump said, yet all around him were symbols of division and disagreement.


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