Democrat reactions to Trump's State of the Union address and Pelosi's tantrum

Wednesday morning was a time to talk about the substance of President Trump's State of the Union speech, about Nancy Pelosi's temper tantrum, and about the Democrats' generally unseemly behavior, which turned the House of Representatives into a high school cafeteria complete with cool kids, geeks, and stoners.

Thursday morning, however, is the time to look at the broad range of Democrat reactions to both the speech and the Democrats' own conduct.  As a reminder, though, Republicans thought Trump gave a magnificent speech:

  • Roger Kimball said, "The president's speech tonight was nothing less than magnificent."
  • John Hinderaker called it "[a] great night for Trump and the Republicans."
  • Stephen Kruiser, no fan of Trump, said, "Trump knocks SOTU out of the park, making Dems' very bad week worse."
  • Victoria Taft described it as "the most muscular, consequential State of the Union in years."
  • George Neumayr predicted that Trump's speech "moves him closer to reelection."
  • Mollie Hemingway said the speech was "epic."

Even Senator Bob Dole was impressed:

The majority of Democrats, however, were less pleased with Trump's speech, although that stemmed more from raw hatred than actual facts on the ground.  Slate, for example, insisted that "the State of the Union was a visibly degenerate variety show."

Nancy Pelosi contended that the entire speech was a lie, proving again that the Left confuses ideology, which is subjective, with facts, which ought to be objective:

A few honest Democrats, such as Van Jones, found the speech worrisome because it was so good:

Jones seems to have realized that Trump believes that black voters matter, that a Republican administration can benefit them, and that the Democrats take blacks for granted, subordinating them to illegal aliens and socialism.

Many Democrats were also completely horrified that President Trump gave a Medal of Freedom to Rush Limbaugh.

Joe Biden also challenged Rush as an appropriate recipient of a Medal of Freedom.  As he blathered on about Rush's imaginary racism and meanness, and his lack of decency, it became clear that Biden had no memory of his own racism and moral indecency.  It was Biden who said of Barack Obama, "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.  I mean, that's a storybook, man."  He also told black voters that Republicans would "put y'all back in chains."  And of course, Biden was a leader in attacking Robert Bork.

NeverTrump Jennifer Rubin went rabid in attacking Rush:

Bo Snerdley, Rush's sidekick for 30 years, disagreed:

While Republicans thought Pelosi disgraced herself and the House when she ripped up Trump's speech, many Democrats were deeply impressed by Nancy's courage in flamboyantly ripping up pieces of paper:

One enterprising person on Democratic Underground even made a gif elevating Pelosi to the status of Baron von Trapp shredding a Nazi flag.  While the person later deleted the gif, the internet is forever (although it's a jpeg how, not a gif):

Interestingly enough, however, there were Democrats who found Pelosi's conduct perturbing, including some who vowed never again to vote for a Democrat:

The Democrat reactions are depressing but also instructive.  They allow us to see that, as Scott Adams frequently says, there isn't one reality in America; there are, instead, two separate movies, or filters, that determine how people understand what they're seeing.

Wednesday morning was a time to talk about the substance of President Trump's State of the Union speech, about Nancy Pelosi's temper tantrum, and about the Democrats' generally unseemly behavior, which turned the House of Representatives into a high school cafeteria complete with cool kids, geeks, and stoners.

Thursday morning, however, is the time to look at the broad range of Democrat reactions to both the speech and the Democrats' own conduct.  As a reminder, though, Republicans thought Trump gave a magnificent speech:

  • Roger Kimball said, "The president's speech tonight was nothing less than magnificent."
  • John Hinderaker called it "[a] great night for Trump and the Republicans."
  • Stephen Kruiser, no fan of Trump, said, "Trump knocks SOTU out of the park, making Dems' very bad week worse."
  • Victoria Taft described it as "the most muscular, consequential State of the Union in years."
  • George Neumayr predicted that Trump's speech "moves him closer to reelection."
  • Mollie Hemingway said the speech was "epic."

Even Senator Bob Dole was impressed:

The majority of Democrats, however, were less pleased with Trump's speech, although that stemmed more from raw hatred than actual facts on the ground.  Slate, for example, insisted that "the State of the Union was a visibly degenerate variety show."

Nancy Pelosi contended that the entire speech was a lie, proving again that the Left confuses ideology, which is subjective, with facts, which ought to be objective:

A few honest Democrats, such as Van Jones, found the speech worrisome because it was so good:

Jones seems to have realized that Trump believes that black voters matter, that a Republican administration can benefit them, and that the Democrats take blacks for granted, subordinating them to illegal aliens and socialism.

Many Democrats were also completely horrified that President Trump gave a Medal of Freedom to Rush Limbaugh.

Joe Biden also challenged Rush as an appropriate recipient of a Medal of Freedom.  As he blathered on about Rush's imaginary racism and meanness, and his lack of decency, it became clear that Biden had no memory of his own racism and moral indecency.  It was Biden who said of Barack Obama, "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.  I mean, that's a storybook, man."  He also told black voters that Republicans would "put y'all back in chains."  And of course, Biden was a leader in attacking Robert Bork.

NeverTrump Jennifer Rubin went rabid in attacking Rush:

Bo Snerdley, Rush's sidekick for 30 years, disagreed:

While Republicans thought Pelosi disgraced herself and the House when she ripped up Trump's speech, many Democrats were deeply impressed by Nancy's courage in flamboyantly ripping up pieces of paper:

One enterprising person on Democratic Underground even made a gif elevating Pelosi to the status of Baron von Trapp shredding a Nazi flag.  While the person later deleted the gif, the internet is forever (although it's a jpeg how, not a gif):

Interestingly enough, however, there were Democrats who found Pelosi's conduct perturbing, including some who vowed never again to vote for a Democrat:

The Democrat reactions are depressing but also instructive.  They allow us to see that, as Scott Adams frequently says, there isn't one reality in America; there are, instead, two separate movies, or filters, that determine how people understand what they're seeing.