U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement after President Trump’s first address to a Joint Session of Congress tonight:
“Since taking office President Trump’s record has been divisive and disheartening, but I remained hopeful that he would view tonight as an opportunity to present the American people with a more positive and inclusive message to move us forward as a nation. Despite initial indications, vague platitudes about a bipartisan infrastructure plan and promises to rein in unfair trade practices, the President’s remarks tonight were anything but unifying.
“He largely doubled down on the dark and dangerous rhetoric that has become a pillar of his fledgling Presidency, including his misguided Muslim travel ban and deeply flawed understanding of the causes of gun violence in Chicago and across the country. Tonight was an opportunity for the President to make good on his promises to the American people, to back up his rhetoric with action. He did neither, and his broken promises are beginning to add up.”