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Congressmen and Senators react to the State of the Union Address

Reaction largely split along party lines

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KYMA, KECY) - The Desert Southwest's Congressional delegation is reacting to President Donald Trump's third State of the Union Address. Predictably, their support, or opposition, largely followed party lines.

Republican Congressman Paul Gosar, who represents Arizona's 4th District, is a staunch Trump supporter. He sent out this tweet in response to the President's address:

Gosar later tweeted harsh criticism of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's reaction to the speech.

Democratic Representative Raul Grijalva serves Arizona's 3rd District. He's been a vocal critic of President Trump's policies and behaviors. Grijalva issued this video statement on Twitter:

Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema is also a Democrat, but she struck a more conciliatory tone in her post-address statement:

Republican Senator Martha McSally tweeted this photo of herself and her special guest just before the address:

McSally did not release an officials statement after the President's speech, but she did join Trump in saluting some special Arizonans.

California Senator Kamala Harris, a Democrat, reminded her constituents that Trump spoke from beneath the cloud of impeachment in her statement. Harris wrote:

“The State of the Union address is an opportunity for the president of the United States to speak candidly about the challenges our nation faces and the direction he or she intends to take in the year ahead. Unfortunately, President Trump chose tonight to deliver a divisive speech that ignored the real challenges that working people continue to face to make ends meet. His remarks also failed to acknowledge the ongoing threat that his own actions pose to the integrity of our system of justice.

“The president spoke this evening before members of the very institution he is currently on trial for obstructing—the United States Congress. As a member of the United States Senate, I have spent the past few weeks considering the consequences of the President’s efforts to escape Congressional oversight and block the testimony of firsthand witnesses in his impeachment trial. We heard a lot of words from the president tonight, but his actions demonstrate his complete disregard for the rule of law and for the principle that no one is above the law, including the president of the United States.”

Statement by Sen. Kamala Harris, (D) California

Harris' colleague, Senator Diane Feinstein, also a Democrat, spurred President Trump to action in her statement. In included a lengthy list of priorities she feels he needs to attend to in the final year of his first term.

Congressman JuanVargas, a Democrat who represents the Imperial Valley, did not release an official statement on the State of the Union Address.

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Lisa Sturgis

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