CAPAC Members Respond to Trump’s State of the Union


Rep. Mark Takano (D-Riverside), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Takano’s State of the Union guest, Shyan Lasater-Bailey, an air traffic controller affected by the recent shutdown.


WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump gave his second State of the Union address on Tuesday before the House and Senate. Following are responses from members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii): “We’ve had the reality of two years of the Trump presidency and their misplaced priorities ­— the Muslim ban, the separation of children [from their parents]at the border, the constant attacks on immigrants, trying to eliminate the Affordable Care Act, which supports health care for millions and millions of people, the sabotaging of the health care program, and of course the most recent, the shutdown, which hurt 800,000 federal workers, contractors, not to mention harming our entire economy.

“That is the real Trump. So whatever he said tonight about bringing people together, in spite of the fact that he has been the most divisive president that I have experienced, it rang hollow. There is general acknowledgement that this is a president who doesn’t learn, who cannot change, so he can say all the nice things but really with this president it’s what he does.

“What he says is bad enough, but when he follows it up with what he does, he creates chaos and harm for our country. Sadly, I don’t think that is going to change. And one thing he did not say, after all the harm and chaos of the shutdown, he did not say that ‘Come Feb. 15, I will sign a bill to make sure that government shutdown will not happen.’ I did not hear that.”

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.): “Stacey Abrams [who gave the Democratic response]perfectly s