Individuals on the left have taken to Twitter to share their displeasure with President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.
Here are 16 of the most memorable reactions.
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1. Offended by the words “church,” “family,” “police,” and “military.”
Joy Reid, a host at MSNBC, said Trump’s speech promoted “1950s-era nationalism.”
Church … family … police … military … the national anthem … Trump trying to call on all the tropes of 1950s-era nationalism. The goal of this speech appears to be to force the normalization of Trump on the terms of the bygone era his supporters are nostalgic for. #SOTU
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) January 31, 2018
2. Embarrassed by “USA, USA” chanting.
Melissa R. Michelson, professor of political science at Menlo College in Atherton, California, tweeted that she was embarrassed about the chanting.
Are they seriously chanting USA?! I am embarrassed for my country #SOTU
— Melissa R Michelson (@profmichelson) January 31, 2018
3. A Princeton University professor of African-American studies said the address was “officially a Klan rally.”
The #SOTU is officially a Klan rally.
— Keeanga-Yamahtta T. (@KeeangaYamahtta) January 31, 2018
4. A University of Maryland, College Park sociologist called it “carnage porn.”
This is carnage porn #sotu
— Philip N Cohen (@familyunequal) January 31, 2018
5. “Self-congratulatory” speech.
“Tonight, the president presented a self-congratulatory speech without vision,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a Wednesday press release. “He promised unity, but sowed division. America deserves better.”
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) January 31, 2018
6. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said the speech was contentious.
After a long and divisive year, many Americans were yearning for the President to present a unifying vision for the country. Unfortunately, his #SOTU address stoked the fires of division instead of bringing us closer together. #AYearOfTrump
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 31, 2018
7. Stopped mid-standing ovation.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., tried to give a standing ovation at one point, but was apparently dissuaded.
Did anyone see Sen. Joe Manchin clapping and wanted to stand but looked at Chucky and the rest and decided to sit back. Folks politics is a very dangerous endeavor, it can make good men become really bad. This is it America, it more of hatred for @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/cp1A362iIA
— For Thou Art With Me?? (@kmbiamnozie) January 31, 2018
8. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., told Jake Tapper of CNN in an interview Tuesday night that members of the Congressional Black Caucus did not give a standing ovation when Trump touted that “African-American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded,” because Trump did not give credit to President Barack Obama.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 31, 2018
9. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said Trump’s address promoted “bigotry, hatred, and fear.”
— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) January 31, 2018
10. Liberal comedian Sarah Silverman voiced her concern over Trump’s immigration rhetoric.
There’s evil genius in rebranding “family reunification” to the dehumanizing, infestation-sounding “chain migration.”
See also: citizens united, which is the beautiful way to say “the rich get to own all of politics”
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) January 31, 2018
11. Former “Batman” star Michael Keaton got nostalgic for Obama.
I already know the state of the union-ain't good. Was pretty damn good about a year and a half ago.
— Michael Keaton (@MichaelKeaton) January 31, 2018
12. Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore said he wasn’t going to watch the State of the Union and called Trump a liar.
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) January 31, 2018
13. Actor Jeffrey Wright said he “can’t even” watch it, just like Moore.
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) January 31, 2018
14. Unlike Moore and Wright, Elizabeth Banks said she at the very least “tried” to watch it.
I tried. I listened but the amount of BS and stunts and questions raised that will never be answered made me throw my remote and now I am listening to Tom Petty and am a better American for it. #SOTU
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) January 31, 2018
15. Actor Mark Ruffalo took his rage out on Trump and Wall Street.
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) January 31, 2018
16. Andy Cohen doesn’t understand what “religious liberty” means.
Religious Liberty = it’s ok to hate gay people.
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) January 31, 2018