WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump called for unity in his second State of the Union on Tuesday, but if there is any indication from lawmakers who responded to the address, we're a long way from answering it.
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Responses to the president's address ranged from glowing to dismissive, particularly on the Democratic side, accusing the president of the very divisiveness he said must end.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida:
Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida:
Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Winter Park:
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“We all know that there is a teleprompter president and a real president, and letting Trump be Trump has meant years of division and discord. American citizens and immigrants alike have been persecuted for their ethnicities, and qualified Americans have been denied the opportunity to serve their country because of their gender identity. President Trump seems to have learned nothing from his huge mistake of shutting down the government, which hurt millions of American families and weakened our economy and security.
“We don’t need more promises, we need results. The middle class is still waiting for the president to live up to his previous broken promises. Facing gross economic inequality, this administration has given massive tax breaks to big businesses and the ultra-wealthy. Facing rising healthcare and prescription drug costs, this administration has worked to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and protections for Americans with preexisting conditions. Facing an epidemic of gun violence, this administration has worked to loosen gun regulations."