President Donald Trump’s second State of the Union was met with a decidedly chillier reception than his first, as he addressed a Democrat majority following last fall’s midterm upsets. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi could barely contain her contempt when Trump, of all people, called to “reject the politics of revenge, resistance, and retribution,” and a group of Democratic women sitting together wearing suffrage white likewise looked unimpressed by the president’s speech.
This included rising star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who — sitting front and center, wearing her trademark red lipstick — did little to hide how she felt about Trump’s address.
Ocasio-Cortez’s stony expression caught the attention of Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, who later tweeted that the New York congresswoman “had a rare bad night, looking not spirited, warm and original as usual but sullen, teenaged and at a loss.”
Master of the clap-back, Ocasio-Cortez was not having this nonsense.
“Why should I be “spirited and warm” for this embarrassment of a #SOTU? Tonight was an unsettling night for our country,” she tweeted back. “The president failed to offer any plan, any vision at all, for our future. We’re flying without a pilot. And I‘m not here to comfort anyone about that fact.”
Others had similar sentiments for Noonan:
Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t the only critic of Trump’s speech. Even prominent Republicans such as former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum argued that it was poorly delivered and lacked policy
Trump’s Executive Time is gonna be pretty awkward today, to say the least.