OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - As we watched President Trump issue his first State of The Union address from Washington Tuesday night, a few of his critics took to Twitter to give their commentary in real time.
Politicos from the opposing side of the aisle sounded off as they sat in silence (unless they actually stood for applause) and sent their truncated messages into the digital realm.
Here are some tweets from Congresswoman Barbara Lee who represents the East Bay, Rep. Eric Swalwell, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senator Kamala Harris.
While Trump called for unity among the divided nation and bipartisanship from his peers, some in the room felt the need to disagree.
Rep. Eric Swalwell, who represents the Bay Area, was one of the more prolific critics, sounding off to say the president has been more of a divider.
He also took issue with the Trump administrations treatment of the Dreamers.
Sen. Kamala Harris did not appreciate the characterization of the Affordable Care Act signed into law by President Obama.
Republicans and this Administration have spent the past year relentlessly trying to repeal and sabotage the Affordable Care Act. For the first time since the ACA passed, the percentage of Americans who are uninsured has gone up. This is on them. #SOTU— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 31, 2018
Actually, instead of using the tax benefit to *permanently* increase wages, massive companies and banks are using the tax cut to give profits back to their shareholders. #SOTU— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 31, 2018
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who reportedly told fellow Democrats not to boo or jeer during the address, got her digs in on the sly. She noted the stock market doing well being good news for Trump, but not so much for the working class.
Sen. Harris also didn't think putting a former pharmaceutical executive in the cabinet would do much for bringing prescription drug prices down.
Prescription drugs are one of the leading costs for Americans in this country, especially for older Americans. Instead of acting to reduce these costs and hold companies accountable, they put a former pharmaceutical executive in the Cabinet. #SOTU— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 31, 2018
Rep. Swalwell is still waiting for a solid investment on public infrastructure.
The Trump presidency has highlighted America's race issues for sure, with the rise of white supremacist groups like the alt-right and the tragedy in Charlottesville, Va. becoming a watershied moment for reflection, Rep. Swalwell took it to a personal level.
When every talk about immigrants focuses on a few gang members among millions of hardworking people, you're probably racist. #SOTU— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) January 31, 2018
This infrastructure plan would shortchange cities and force them to take on debt by limiting the amount the federal government will contribute. Almost one-third of our nation’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition. #SOTU— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 31, 2018
Gun control? Swalwell asked for universal background checks and reform, adding there have been more than 1,000 mass shootings since Sandy Hook, where 20 first graders were killed.
If you really want to close loopholes to save American lives, help us enact universal background checks and other common-sense gun reforms. >1,000 mass shootings since #SandyHook, @realDonaldTrump. #SOTU— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) January 31, 2018
Pres Trump chose to end #DACA. He chose to throw the lives of 800k young people into limbo. Then he chose to use them as a bargaining chip for a wasteful wall that even his own party doesn’t want.— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) January 31, 2018
He has shown no decency. He has given us no reason to believe his lies. #SOTU
Let’s be clear: the primary beneficiaries of more Pentagon spending will be defense contractors. Billions more in waste at the Pentagon doesn’t benefit the American people & it certainly won’t make us more secure. #SOTU— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) January 31, 2018
To see the State of the Union for yourself you can check it out here: