Democrats don't like applauding President Donald Trump. At numerous points throughout the speech, Democrats sat stone-faced as the president delivered his remarks. Even, at times, for the good news.
Trump did have one line in the speech that brought the Democrats to their feet in raucous cheers and "USA" chants — and he knew it before he even said it.
The president was highlighting the record number of women in the workforce. That brought the Democratic women, many of them dressed in white in solidarity, to their feet for a standing ovation.
"You weren't supposed to do that," Trump joked, as even the congresswoman who said "we're gonna impeach the motherf***er" smiled and cheered.
But he wasn't done. "Don't sit yet, you're gonna like this," Trump said.
"And exactly one century after Congress passed the constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote, we also have more women serving in Congress than at any time before," Trump said, as the audience erupted.
Here's the video:
Democratic women give Trump standing ovation l State of the Union 2019 youtu.be
Some other highlights:
- Trump took a thinly veiled shot at the Mueller investigation and the numerous potential investigations Democratic lawmakers plan to open, saying, "If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had a visible reaction to that line.
- Alice Johnson, one of the most notable beneficiaries of bipartisan criminal justice reform, was honored in an emotional tribute that brought her to tears. Trump also recognized Matthew Charles, the first person to be released from prison as a result of the First Step Act.
- Another moment that prompted some much less bipartisan chants of "USA" was the moment when he told the audience, "We will never be a socialist country." There were scattered boos from the Democrats as Trump began addressing that topic.