President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday evening garnered a stunning amount of bipartisan approval and praise both during and after the event.
According to an “instant poll” conducted by CBS News following the event, a 76 percent majority of Americans who tuned in for the speech approved of the president’s message.
This included 97 percent of Republican viewers, 82 percent of Independent viewers and 30 percent of Democrat viewers. Note that the viewership tilted slightly to the right, with 43 percent of viewers being Republicans and 30 and 24 percent being Independents and Democrats, respectively.
CNN obtained similar results in its own “instant poll”:
— Steve Cortes (@CortesSteve) February 6, 2019
76% approval of POTUS speech.
— Steve Cortes (@CortesSteve) February 6, 2019
While impressive, these post-SOTU address numbers only tell a part of the story. Far more notable is the markedly positive reaction the president’s words triggered as he spoke.
Watch below as a contingent of Democrat women dressed in white — many of them members of the antisemitic Women’s March — jumped to their feet in applause and even chanted “USA” as the president celebrated the record levels of female employment seen under his administration:
As conservative commentator Katie Pavlich noted on Twitter, “And there is your moment of unity. Trump got members of the Women’s March to loudly applaud his speech. This is actually incredible. And now they’re chanting USA! USA! #SOTU”
And there is your moment of unity. Trump got members of the Women’s March to loudly applaud his speech. This is actually incredible. And now they’re chanting USA! USA! #SOTU
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) February 6, 2019
She wasn’t the only one to take note of the surprising amount of applause Trump provoked. Nor was this the only moment that spurred loud clapping from both sides:
There were clearly differences of opinion on some issues, but I have not seen a SOTU in recent years when the opposition applauded to the degree it did tonight.
— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) February 6, 2019
Trump has succeeded in getting more Democratic applause than I expected with some of his bipartisan talk, especially about women
— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) February 6, 2019
The president and his speechwriters have accomplished something remarkable here tonight — striking several themes that have drawn applause from both sides of the chamber. That is not unusual for a state of the union, but it is unusual for this President. #SOTU
— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) February 6, 2019
Bipartisan applause for Trump’s “made in the USA” line
— Ben Siegel (@benyc) February 6, 2019
Nice to see Republicans and Democrats jointly rise and cheer Trump’s call to protect people with pre-existing conditions at a time when the parties probably couldn’t be farther apart on what to do with the health system.
— Paul McLeod (@pdmcleod) February 6, 2019
That Alice Johnson moment drew legitimate applause and emotional reaction from both sides of the aisle, as Johnson stood wiping away tears.
— Hallie Jackson (@HallieJackson) February 6, 2019
Big, bipartisan applause tonight for:
-Bringing down drug costs
-Recognizing new Venezuelan leader
-More women in workforce/Congress
-Paid family leave
-Governing as 1 nation
-Made in USA manufacturing
-First Step Act
-More $$$ for cancer research#SOTU
— Heather Long (@byHeatherLong) February 6, 2019
Strong speech by @realDonaldTrump thus far at #SOTU. They said he would call for unity and, while there are issues that definitely divide, he is touching on many shared themes. Amazing that he got GOP and DEMs to change #USA together at same time.
— Rabbi Shmuley (@RabbiShmuley) February 6, 2019
Some (not all) Democrats also stood up in applause when the president took a moment to outline the differences between legal immigration and illegal immigration.
“We have a moral duty to create an immigration system that protects the lives and jobs of our citizens. This includes our obligation to the millions of immigrants living here today who follow the rules and respected our laws. Legal immigrants enrich our nation and strengthen our society in countless ways,” he said. “I want people to come into our country in the largest numbers ever, but they have to come in legally.”
Surprised Gillibrand and Brown stood up when differentiating between legal and illegal immigration.
— Eric Michael Garcia (@EricMGarcia) February 6, 2019
Even a writer for Vox, a radically far-left news portal known for softening the image of MS-13, praised portions of the SOTU address, writing, “Trump is totally right on stopping endless wars!”
Trump is totally right on stopping endless wars!
— German Lopez (@germanrlopez) February 6, 2019
“Our brave troops have now been fighting in the Middle East for almost 19 years,” the president had said. “In Afghanistan and Iraq, nearly 7,000 American heroes have given their lives. More than 52,000 Americans have been badly wounded. We have spent more than $7 trillion in the Middle East. As a candidate for president, I loudly pledged a new approach. Great nations do not fight endless wars.”
Sam Stein, a far-left reporter who writes for The Daily Beast and frequently opines on MSNBC, praised Trump for telling the story of Grace Eline, a 10-year-old cancer survivor.
“Genuinely heartwarming moment here about Grace,” he tweeted.
Genuinely heartwarming moment here about Grace.
— Sam Stein (@samstein) February 6, 2019
Watch that heartwarming moment below:
“Obviously, the moments with Grace Eline, the young girl battling cancer, the moment at the end with the helped liberate Dachau and the old man who had once been a little boy, a prisoner at Dachau, obviously, these are wonderful moments, stirring moments,” CNN’s Jake Tapper reportedly likewise noted.
More the unexpected praise Trump received during/after the speech may be seen below:
Best performance yet as POTUS. Comfortable, confident and in no apparent hurry. Humor always wins. https://t.co/zFCK8qHo7B
— BILL HEMMER (@BillHemmer) February 6, 2019
Trump’s #SOTU was the strongest speech of his presidency. It may not change the math much overall — there’s not a lot of give in his numbers — but it’s a reminder that when he’s on-script, his depiction of an America that is essentially good is still compelling.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 6, 2019
This has been a deeply adept speech in terms of policy. He cut to the muscle on legal and illegal immigration, on abortion and infanticide, on foreign wars. His vow on socialism will be remembered. Great heroes in the balcony, a real American panoply. 1
— Peggy Noonan (@Peggynoonannyc) February 6, 2019
Now I can say Mr President..Great SOTU Address..@POTUS
— Michael Reagan (@ReaganWorld) February 6, 2019
Tonight, @POTUS played the statesman role. Strong, clear, and tough. @realDonaldTrump didn’t just offer an olive branch, but the entire olive tree. Dems say they want infrastructure, fewer wars, better oppotunities for women–let’s see if they really do.
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) February 6, 2019
This speech is magnificent.
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) February 6, 2019
— David Rouzer (@RepDavidRouzer) February 6, 2019
“America will never be a Socialist nation.”
“Children, born & unborn, are created in the image of God.”
— Pastor Steve Gaines (@bellevuepastor) February 6, 2019
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