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“Amazing,” “inspirational,” and “visionary” were just some of the words used by conservatives to heap praise on President Donald Trump‘s first State of the Union address following its completion on Tuesday night.
The speech, which was one of the longest in history, was mostly a list of perceived accomplishments by Trump with a few sprinkled in moments that rankled Democrats, particularly on immigration and culture issues.
However, while many Democrats are stewing with anger following the State of the Union, major conservative names spent the hours following the speech fawning over it.
Amazing, inspirational speech @realDonaldTrump To the haters in the media, and those that wanted him to fail, nobody cares what you have to say. America is back. Thank God— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) January 31, 2018
Hannity wasn’t alone with exhaustive praise of the president, with at least one conservative personality saying Trump’s address was reminiscent of former President Ronald Reagan.
GREAT SPEECH. Beautifully delivered. I think he's covered everything. Look for the exit signs, start proceeding directly to them.— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) January 31, 2018
Tonight’s State of the Union was Reagan quality—visionary, personal, with wide ranging reforms— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) January 31, 2018
#sotu I would give my left arm to deliver this speech for DJT tonight. So well written ... can I be a pinch hitter? POTUS can run the bases and get the glory. This speech deserves the Reagan delivery.— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) January 31, 2018
THE GREAT AMERICAN COMEBACK!— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) January 31, 2018
America now has a President that stands with our vets, stands for our flag, has turned our economy around, and is making AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
Trump’s address took a sharp tone when he discussed immigration. The president used the violence by gang MS-13 to segue into immigration policies, delighting his base.
The undercurrent of the rhetoric on immigration was as nationalist as ever, with Trump calling on Congress to “finally close the deadly loopholes that have allowed MS-13 and other criminal gangs to break into our country.”
Ha he emphasized "GANGS" and I love my president! #SOTU— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) January 31, 2018
He also drew support for his base explicitly calling out “chain migration.” That sparked one of the speech’s more divisive moments, when he was booed by Democrats but lauded by the right.
Trump just said he will end chain migration and the democrats loudly BOOED.— Mike (@mike_Zollo) January 31, 2018
Yes, BOOOO! Let everyone into the country. Bring all of their family members, cousins, & distant relatives.
Nancy Pelosi and the democrats are embarrassing themselves..
But it wasn’t just the conservative personalities who were enthralled with the speech. A number of sites began praising the president following the conclusion of the State of the Union. The Daily Caller, a far-right website, led with a prominent headline declaring that “Trump’s State of the Union rocks the House.” The site singled out the line ‘Americans are dreamers, too’ delivered by the president. It was lauded by a number of conservatives as a way undercut Democratic rhetoric on DACA.
"Americans are Dreamers, too." DEMS ARE GOING TO HATE THIS!— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) January 31, 2018
Trump also played to his base by reviving his current favorite culture war, discussing why Americans stand for the national anthem.
As Pres. Trump addresses "why we proudly stand for the national anthem," which appeared to allude to NFL anthem protest, House chamber erupts into loud cheers https://t.co/q18EZzVe9p pic.twitter.com/iBMZX2J4yy— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 31, 2018
While conservatives may have loved the speech, Democrats felt differently.
On Tuesday night “Thanks Obama” was trending on Twitter while the president listed off statistics about unemployment in the United States. One of Trump’s favorite statistics—Black unemployment—garnered an enthusiastic “Thanks Obama” response, with people tweeting charts showing how unemployment for African Americans steadily declined from 2010 until Obama’s term ended in 2016.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).