Rep. Joseph Kennedy (D-Mass.) has been chosen to deliver the Democratic Party’s verbal response to President Trump‘s State of the Union address Tuesday night, party leaders announced.
Kennedy, who is the great-nephew of the former President John F. Kennedy, is a 37-year-old rising star in his party and is serving his third term as a Massachusetts member of Congress.
“Congressman Kennedy is a relentless fighter for working Americans,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
“While President Trump has consistently broken his promises to the middle class, Congressman Kennedy profoundly understands the challenges facing hard-working men and women across the country,” she said.
“His leadership has been vital in educating a next-generation workforce, in creating good-paying manufacturing jobs and in expanding opportunities for the middle class.”
Democrats also announced that Virginia state Delegate Elizabeth Guzman (D) would give the party’s Spanish-language response speech. Guzman is the very first Hispanic female immigrant elected to be in the Virginia House of Delegates.
Pelosi said Guzman is “a respected advocate and community leader who represents the best of our nation’s ideals.”
“Driven by her faith and her belief in the promise of the American Dream, Elizabeth has been a vital, relentless leader for the voiceless,” Pelosi stated.
Democrats had faced a difficult choice on whom they might select to give their response to Trump’s first State of the Union address, which is likely to be very poorly done.
Party leaders were forced to balance out a host of competing egos and complex political factors in choosing who would respond.
Trump will deliver his State of the Union speech to Congress on Tuesday, and will officially roll out the White House’s immigration plan either during his speech or in the next few days, following through on his racist campaign promises.