Arguably one of the greatest things about State of the Union addresses, aside from the incredible stories of veterans and victims who’ve overcome adversity to succeed in life, is the reactions of members of the opposition party to the various applause lines uttered by the president throughout the speech.
The most obvious instances of such are the wide shots of the House chamber that reveal one side standing and applauding and cheering while the other side sits on their hands, but sometimes the cameras will zoom in on one individual and capture their distinct reaction to a particular line, as happened with Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday evening.
Hunched over in his seat, looking like the sneering Penguin from Batman, or perhaps the imp known as Rumplestiltskin on ABC’s “Once Upon A Time,” Schumer looked malevolent as President Donald Trump spoke about the recent Democratic push on late-term abortions as opposed to his strong stance in support of the sanctity of life.
Take a gander at Schumer’s reaction here, but also pay attention to what was said by Trump, as it was a strong defense of the innocent and unborn.
This is powerful and of historic importance.
And it is relevant for people of every nation around the world because one day when abortion is rejected and dumped on the ash heap of history where slavery was dumped 200 years ago, this powerful statement will be remembered.#SOTU pic.twitter.com/WWE5ckyJ8V
— Obianuju Ekeocha (@obianuju) February 6, 2019
That clip was shared online by pro-life activist Obianuju Ekeocha, who wrote, “This is powerful and of historic importance.”
She added, “And it is relevant for people of every nation around the world because one day when abortion is rejected and dumped on the ash heap of history where slavery was dumped 200 years ago, this powerful statement will be remembered.”
Following remarks signaling support for paid maternity leave for mothers to spend more time with their infant babies, President Trump segued into the dark push by Democrats in New York and Virginia and other states to expand the “right” of abortions up until the moment of delivery, if not even afterward in some cases.
Trump said, “There is no greater contrast to the beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child than the chilling displays our nation saw in recent days. Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments from birth.
“These are living, feeling, beautiful babies who will never get the chance to share their love and their dreams with the world,” the president continued. “And then, we had the case of the Governor of Virginia where he stated he would execute a baby after birth.
“To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb,” Trump said to wild applause from virtually all Republicans and even a handful of Democrats, though most Democrats remained sullenly in their seats.
“Let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life,” he said. His comments were met with even more applause and a standing ovation from Republicans, during which he turned and offered a knowing smile and nod to Vice President Mike Pence, a staunch advocate of the pro-life position.
Trump then said, “And let us reaffirm a fundamental truth: All children — born and unborn — are made in the holy image of God.”
This isn’t the first time that Trump — who has been dubbed by some the most pro-life president in U.S. history — has spoken strongly in support of protecting the unborn, and his staunch defense of the defenseless stands in stark contrast to the many Democrats in a number of states who have openly displayed their calloused and uncaring view of the unborn in recent weeks.
As Trump and Republicans seek to further limit and reduce the number of murderous abortions, Democrats seem intent on legislatively expanding and allowing for even more of the fatal procedures.
It is a rather ghoulish position for Democrats to stake out, and it seems quite fitting that Schumer would appear as some sort of hunched over ghoul as Trump placed that glaring disparity in positions on the unborn in front of the American people for all to see and hear for themselves.
Conservative Tribune, a brand of The Western Journal, has reached out to Sen. Schumer for comment but has not yet received a response. We will update this article if and when we do.
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