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Rep. Chu Response to State of the Union

February 5, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC — Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) issued the following statement on Tuesday’s State of the Union Address delivered by President Trump:

“Once again, Americans’ hopes of a unifying message built on facts that laid out a vision for bipartisan cooperation moving forward were dashed by this President. Instead, they received an untruthful and bigoted screed meant to help the President’s reelection, but not working families.

“For instance, the issue that my constituents raise to me the most is healthcare. In his address last night, the President claimed to be the protector of preexisting conditions, but failed to mention that his administration is currently supporting a lawsuit to repeal the entire ACA, including protections for those with pre-existing conditions. Should that lawsuit succeed, millions of Americans would immediately lose their coverage with no Republican alternative in sight. And though Trump claims to want to lower prescription drug costs, the bipartisan HR 3, which does just that, is waiting for action in the Senate. 

“And it was also incredibly unpresidential to use false statements to attack his own citizens in states like California. Driven by white supremacy, Trump reiterated his belief that immigrants are criminals that make our country worse off. But California, which is majority minority and thriving, is everyday proof that the President is wrong. Instead of dropping his xenophobia, the President doubled down with false attacks on sanctuary city laws. The great irony is that, if Trump got his way and local police acted as an arm of ICE, it would discourage cooperation from immigrant communities, leaving us all less safe.

“This kind of incitement was a centerpiece of the President’s speech. Despite the fact that immigrants commit fewer crimes, Trump used isolated incidents to justify prejudice against an entire group. This is the definition of bigotry and it is dangerous. Moreover, elevating somebody like Rush Limbaugh, who has a long a history of bigotry, misogyny, homophobia, Islamophobia and more, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the middle of this address is an insult to all of those Rush Limbaugh and his movement have targeted, attacked, and tried to exclude from this country.

“The President made it clear in his speech last night that he is not interested in leading, he is interested in fighting. But in Congress, we remain focused on the needs of our constituents. We are working on our plans to reduce drug prices, improve infrastructure, and help working families.”