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‘Lies’ Or ‘Bold Message’: Illinois Lawmakers’ Very Different Takes on Trump Speech

Illinois politicians had very different responses — depending on their party loyalties — to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Here are excerpts from statements released by state Democrats and Republicans after the president’s speech:

Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin:

“He continues to sow deep divisions by inciting violence, hate, and mistrust in our democracy … And he put his own personal, political gain ahead of that of the country that he is sworn to ‘preserve, protect, and defend.’”

Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider:

“The President had an opportunity to cut through the media noise and speak directly to the American people about what he does best — deliver results … The State of the Union is unequivocally strong despite unprecedented Democrat obstruction and the American people are better off than they were the day President Trump took office.”

U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Democrat from the 9th District:

"The American people don't need an 'As Seen On TV' President, we need someone who can deliver real results, and not just spin in order to close a sale. Tonight, President Trump spun a story that sounds too good to be true, and that's because it truly is."

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Republican from the 16th District:

“Tonight, I am optimistic about the current state of our union … With record unemployment, rising wages, and continued job growth, the American people are seeing the benefits of our pro-growth policies.”

U.S. Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, Chicago Democrat:

“From a President of the United States, I had hoped to hear an apology for mistakes and a vision of unity for the future. From this President I heard lies designed to divide our communities and distract us from the fact that he violated the Constitution.

U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood, Republican from the 18th District:

"President Trump tonight laid out a bold message focused on policies that constituents of the 18th Congressional District care about deeply. Under his leadership, America secured new trade agreements with Illinois’ four largest export partners, our economy continues to shatter expectations with unemployment at a 50-year low and wages rising, our military has been strengthened, and generational criminal justice reform was enacted."

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, Democrat from the 11th District:

“Simply put, the record of this President is one of broken promises, cruel policies, and unprecedented corruption. If President Trump was serious about uniting the country, he would tell the Senate to pass House-passed legislation that has the support of an overwhelming majority of the American people, including common sense gun violence measures and legislation to lower prescription drug prices.”

U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, Chicago Democrat:

“Facts matter, the truth matters. But not with this President…. Tonight, President Trump continued his attacks on the climate, on the undocumented and on a woman’s right to choose.”

U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, Chicago Democrat who boycotted the speech:

“It would be painfully hypocritical of me to endure 90 minutes of unrelenting lies and all types of distortions and untruths, while at the same time watching his Republican apologists cheer. I cannot honor this man in any way.”

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