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Nevada Progressive Groups Find Little To Like In SOTU

Some Groups Called The President's Address Hypocritical And Laced With Untruths

February 06, 2019 - 2:51 pm

CARSON CITY, NV (KXNT) - Progressive groups are criticizing President Donald Trump's State of the Union address as hypocritical, in part because he called for bipartisanship and unity while focusing on many divisive issues, including alleged crimes by undocumented immigrants and late-term abortion.

As expected, progressive groups slammed President Donald Trump's lengthy State of the Union speech Tuesday night, calling it hypocritical and full of untruths. The president spoke at length about unity, but then railed against illegal immigration, and turned the spotlight on the family of an elderly couple from Reno. An undocumented immigrant has been charged with their deaths. Kait Krolik with the group Battle Born Progress called it "a brazen attempt to weaponize a family's pain."

"I felt that that was a fear-mongering attempt to splinter our community, and his undying effort to build a racist and archaic wall isn't the direction our country needs to go," said Krolik.

Krolik said she had hoped to hear any policy prescriptions to address what she considers to be a larger crisis in America, the prevalence of gun violence. The president took credit for a booming economy and claimed that his tax cuts would increase the size and wealth of the middle class. Critics point out that the tax cut has primarily benefited the wealthy and that Republicans have proposed deep cuts in social programs to make up for the lost tax revenue.

President Trump also asked Congress to vote for a bill to outlaw late-term abortions. Krolik took issue with the way he described the procedure, saying it was unnecessarily inflammatory.

"It's just outrageous that he would discuss it as if they are ripping babies from bodies and that it is a willing, happy choice," Krolik said. "Those are really tough decisions by families, and those lies are just making it harder and dangerous for women whose lives are at risk from their pregnancies," she said.

Krolik also said she praised the president's proposal to encourage more transparency in drug pricing, but thinks more direct intervention to prevent price gouging may be necessary.