Features, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, New York

Responding to the State of the Union Address

February 5, 2020

By NYC Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams

“It was deeply disturbing to see Donald Trump employ tokenism and tribalism alike, pretending to stand with communities of more color in order to disguise the bigotry of his policies, conduct, and history. Surreal to hear about ‘criminal justice reform’ from the same man who condemned five young black teenagers to death – formerly the Central Park Five, now known as the Exonerated Five – the man who to this day refuses to admit their innocence. As we have seen in recent months, however, innocence is not a concept this President understands.  

“Nothing the President said in the State of the Union Address, no promise he made or lie he told, can obscure or erase that he has been impeached for betraying the people he was sworn to serve and the Constitution he pledged to uphold. The state of our federal government is such that he may get away with this shameful behavior in the Senate, but the people still have the power to hold him accountable.  

“There will still be those who support his oppressive and dangerous rule, but I will always be proud to be part of the people pushing back, working to ensure this year’s State of the Union address was Donald Trump’s last.”

February 5, 2020

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