Democratic senator: 'I regret attending' Trump's State of the Union speech

Democratic senator: 'I regret attending' Trump's State of the Union speech
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Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyGraham's COVID-19 'breakthrough' case jolts Senate Democrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire Democrats ramp up pressure for infrastructure deal amid time crunch MORE (D-Conn.) on Tuesday night ripped President TrumpDonald TrumpFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Missouri Rep. Billy Long enters Senate GOP primary Trump-backed Mike Carey wins GOP primary in Ohio special election MORE’s latest State of the Union address as a campaign speech and said he regretted attending.

“That was a disgrace. It wasn’t even a half-hearted attempt at a State of the Union speech. It was a 2020 campaign speech from beginning to end, filled with political stunts unworthy of the House chamber and verifiable lie after verifiable lie,” Murphy said in a statement. 

“I regret attending, and I’m sad that President Trump chose to turn a sacred tradition into a cheap campaign spectacle, and I’m just as sad that my Republican colleagues egged him on the whole night,” he added.


“The speech makes any cooperation between the parties less possible than ever before, though I will do my best to put this sad night behind us and tomorrow get back to the business the people of Connecticut sent me here to do.”

Trump took the opportunity provided by the State of the Union to tick off a list of what he sees as his accomplishments during his term, including moving the economy forward, securing the U.S. border and protecting the United States from Iran and other foreign enemies.

“In just three short years, we have shattered the mentality of American decline and we have rejected the downsizing of America’s destiny,” Trump said in prepared remarks. “We are moving forward at a pace that was unimaginable just a short time ago, and we are never ever going back.” 

However, the speech included a number of tense moments, culminating in Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries On The Money: Biden issues targeted eviction moratorium | GOP skepticism looms over bipartisan spending deal 'The Squad' celebrates Biden eviction moratorium MORE (D-Calif.) tearing up her copy of Trump’s remarks at the end of the speech.