Capital Region reacts to Trump’s first SOTU

January 30, 2018 11:28 PM

ALBANY - The state of the Union seems to be a matter of interpretation 

“The dreamers, the wall, the tax thing, the stock market, all of those are usual issues,” said Steven Liebo, Ph.D. of Sage College. 

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“I don't think a lot of us believe that our country does everything right but we believe that at the very least there's people who try,” said Fred Floss, Resistance Board Member of Citizen Action of New York.

President Trump's first State of the Union speech addressed a very divided nation. 

However, Dr. Liebo, a Humanities professor, said this was an opportunity for the president to unite the country.

“If he has any effort, any desire to actually lead America, he's got to take that united leadership, which in large measure he has rejected that path,” he said. 

That's why Jamaica Miles, Capital District Lead Organizer of Citizen Action of New York, said members held a “State of Our Union” counter event at their Albany location, which included a webcast of speakers from various backgrounds calling for unity. 

“Listening to strong powerful women about how we can create change in the world that we live in,” Miles said. “That's how we spend our time. That's the most effective use of our time instead of listening to some rhetoric.”

Alana Klein attended the event because she is concerned about the direction of the country. 

“Give me your tired your poor your huddled masses yearning to be free,” Klein said. “And he's been trying to kick out people of specific religions and ethnicities.” 

Floss said that is – in part - why he is trying to build a more inclusive union. 

“People that respect the principles of this country, people that believe in a place for everyone within the country,” Floss said. 

“Equal rights for everybody regardless of religion, ethnicity country of origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, which is important for me because I've been out of the closet I'm a trans woman,” Klein said.   

Whether Trump's address resonates with all of those people remains to be seen. 

“He has to move forward and attempt to be more inclusive,” Liebo said.



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