Sanders joined four Democrats in responding to Donald Trump’s idea of the State of the Union….
Sanders was just one of five responses to the State of the Union: the official Democratic response from Kennedy, the official Spanish-language response by Virginia Del. Elizabeth Guzman, Sanders’s response, a speech by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) set to broadcast on BET Wednesday night, and a speech from former Congresswoman Donna Edwards of Maryland on behalf of the Working Families Party.
This is the second year in a row that Sanders has sidestepped the official Democratic response and delivered his own speech after the State of the Union. Throughout his address, Sanders picked apart Trump’s self-congratulatory speech, hammering home his own points about continuing inequality for the poor and middle class, two groups Trump promised to lift up during his campaign for president.
Issue by issue, Sanders measured Trump’s promises against the actual outcomes so far in his presidency.
“Many of you will recall, that during his campaign, Donald Trump told the American people how he was going to provide ‘health insurance for everybody,’ with ‘much lower deductibles,’” Sanders said. “That is what he promised working families all across this country during his campaign. But as president he did exactly the opposite.
“Last year, he supported legislation that would have thrown up to 32 million people off of the health care they had while, at the same time, substantially raising premiums for older Americans.”
Though Sanders and Trump ran for president on vastly different platforms in 2016, the two candidates shared a few talking points: reducing prescription drugs costs, getting the United States out of large trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and introducing “insurance for everybody” (though it’s worth pointing out Sanders had much more detailed policy proposals on how to do this)…..