House Minority leader and other Bay Area Democrats were predictably unimpressed with President Trump's first speech before a joint session of Congress a sort of mock State of the Union address, six weeks into his term, where he got to speechify about how great everything is even though most intelligent humans know otherwise. Pelosi issued a statement saying. "The President speaks like a populist, but he is selling working people down the river to Wall Street," and she further argued that his administration's "dangerous, incompetent and unconstitutional actions" were "jeopardiz[ing] the security of our country."
Pelosi was joined in her dismissal of the political theater monologue by other local politicians.
As ABC 7 reports, East Bay Congresswoman Barbara Lee said of Trump's talk, "He's still living up to his campaign promises to divide people and to make sure that people are fearful."
And fellow Bay Area Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Pleasanton) said, "I felt like I was sitting in the house chamber listening to Donald Trump read 100 of his tweets, just a lot of armchair rhetoric but not many details behind it."
Of course our Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom continued his trolling of the President via Twitter, pointedly retweeting a ringing endorsement of Trump by David Duke.
"The time for trivial fights is over!" - says the guy who whines about SNL impersonations and crowd sizes— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) March 1, 2017
Trump calls Obamacare "disaster."— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) March 1, 2017
FACT CHECK: America is experiencing its highest percentage of people covered by health insurance EVER.
What side of history will you be on? pic.twitter.com/PKss5UDnOC— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) March 1, 2017
The Reverend Jesse Jackson happened to be in town, as the Chronicle reports, and watched the speech from a family shelter in the Tenderloin, flanked by temporarily housed families. Jackson said of the speech, "Well, it was full of loaded one-liners but I still didn’t (hear) a plan to finance affordable health care, a plan to reduce the cost of public education, a plan to build affordable housing and a plan to lift up the poor." He also scoffed at Trump's promise to cut funding from other federal programs to increase military spending by $54 billion.
During the speech, KRON 4 looked in on a meeting happening at UC Hastings College of the Law where lawyers and students were conferring with the Council on American Islamic Relations, discussing how to council those who are living in fear of harassment by immigration authorities and deportation.
Below, Pelosi's statement in full:
The President’s speech was utterly disconnected from the cruel reality of his conduct.
“The President speaks like a populist, but he is selling working people down the river to Wall Street. He claims that he’s making America safer, but he has jeopardized the security of our country and weakened our fight against terror with his Administration’s dangerous, incompetent and unconstitutional actions.
“The Trump Administration has spent 40 days putting Wall Street first, making America sick again, sowing fear in our communities, and ensuring Russia maintains its grip on our security and our democracy. Democrats will continue to lead the fight against President Trump’s bait-and-switch assault on America.”