Why One Childish Democrat Stormed Out of SOTU
As we now know, Trump’s State of the Union Address met with a 75% approval rating.
However one Democrat stormed out at the end of the speech.
Illinois Democratic Congressman Luis Gutierrez stirs up all sorts of controversy these days. He doesn’t represent Americans, and is more closely tied with Mexican nationals than his own constituents. And in another childish display, Gutierrez stormed out of the SOTU waving a banner.
Where did he go? Not that anybody really cared, but likely to meet his Mexican drug mule would be my guess. You know Gutierrez has a cartel hook up. How else will he fund his 2020 run for the White House?
As if America needs another ethnocentric anti-American president?!
In November, Gutierrez issued a strangely-timed announcement. He will not run for his seat in the 2018 election. Politico breaks it down like this:
There’s nothing normal about the way Illinois Congressman Luis Gutiérrez’s retirement announcement went down.
The abruptness of his decision, the suspicious timing, the immediate coronation of a successor — all of it set off a flurry of speculation Tuesday that Gutiérrez had made some kind of grand inside play, perhaps brokered with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Even in the great game of Chicago politics, where backroom deals are a way of life, Gutiérrez’s move managed to stun and surprise the Democratic establishment. In one fell swoop, the veteran congressman managed to upend the city’s congressional delegation, remake the 2019 mayoral race and set off a domino effect on local offices.
“This is clearly a game of musical chairs by the insiders, orchestrated from the top,” said Bob Fioretti, a former alderman who ran for mayor against Emanuel and is now running for county board president.
Before most up-and-coming elected officials could even examine their own prospects for Gutiérrez’s seat, it was already too late. By the time news broke that the congressman was on his way out, he had already handpicked and endorsed Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia to succeed him.
Perhaps the fact that Gutierrez’s days are numbered emboldened him to display his disrespect during the SOTU. However, the strange timing of his retirement has many wondering if Gutierrez really plans to run for President.
Lucky for us, this is Gutierrez’s last appearance at the State of the Union Address. No more antics of a 3-year-old throwing a temper tantrum?
The Daily Caller elaborates:
Toward the end of Trump’s speech, Gutierrez was spotted on camera getting up and exiting the chamber after Trump praised monuments across the country. As members of Congress applauded the president’s comments, the Illinois Democrat rose from his seat and walked out the door.
“Monuments to Washington and Jefferson — to Lincoln and King. Memorials to the heroes of Yorktown and Saratoga — to young Americans who shed their blood on the shores of Normandy, and the fields beyond,” Trump said. “And others, who went down in the waters of the Pacific and the skies over Asia. And freedom stands tall over one more monument: this one. This Capitol. This living monument to the American people. A people whose heroes live not only in the past, but all around us — defending hope, pride, and the American way.”
Reaching Across the Aisle
Throughout his speech, Trump continued to reach across the aisle. Some former Trump-haters did a 180. For example, Frank Luntz tweeted praises to the POTUS.
Tonight, I owe Donald Trump an apology. And tonight, I was moved and inspired. Tonight, I have hope and faith in America again. It may go away tomorrow…But tonight, America is great again. #SOTU
Tonight, I owe Donald Trump an apology. Tonight, I was moved and inspired. Tonight, I have hope and faith in America again.
It may go away tomorrow…
But tonight, America is great again. #SOTU
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) January 31, 2018
Luntz didn’t stop there.
As the Washington Times noted:
“Even in foreign policy and national security,” Luntz wrote in a separate tweet, “this speech [is] a perfect blend of strength and empathy. These heroic stories break our hearts, but sturdy our resolve. This is the Trump his voters wanted him to be. #SOTU.”
Even crusty Chuck Schumer found himself clapping at times.
Gutierrez didn’t do his platform any favors with his nasty behavior. While most of the country applauded Trump, Gutierrez completely rejected the idea of compromise, calling Trump a racist. But his strategy backfired.
As the Washington Examiner pointed out:
By writing off compromise completely, barely a week after the government shutdown, the progressive made Trump look like the good-faith, honest adult in the room.
Of course, we already knew Trump to be the honest man on Capitol Hill. It’s about time at least some leftists acknowledge the elephant in the room.
As for Gutierrez, he will find his move mimics that of Kathy Griffin. After her stunt, Griffin now finds her life much more difficult. Soon, few will buck Trump, at least publicly.