FULL SPEECH: 2018 Democratic Response to SOTU Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III, a scion of one of America's foremost political dynasties, spoke after President Trump's State of the Union address. More from The New York Times Video:...
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Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III, (D-MA) offered the Democratic rebuttal to President Trump's State of the Union address. (Full video, 13 mins.)
Kennedy, 37, is the grandson of Senator and former United States Attorney General Robert F. "Bobby" Kennedy, a great-nephew of President John F. Kennedy and Senator Ted Kennedy . His father is former Representative Joseph P. Kennedy II.
Kennedy, fluently bi-lingual, served in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic from 2004-2006.
...it would be easy to dismiss this past years as chaos. Partisanship as politics, but it is far, far bigger than that.
This administration isn't just targeting the laws that protect us, they are targeting the very idea that we are all worthy of protection.
For them, dignity isn't something you are born with, but something you measure by your net worth, your celebrity, your headlines, your crowd size. Not to mention, the gender of your spouse, the country of your birth, the color of your skin, the God of your prayers.
Their record is a rebuke to our highest American ideal - the belief that we are all worthy, that we are all equal, that we all count in the eyes of our law and our leaders, our God and our government. That is the American promise.
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Bullies may land a punch, they may leave a mark, but they have never, not once, in the history of our United States, managed to match the strength and spirit of a people united in defense of their future.
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Politicians can be cheered for the promises they make. Our country will be judged by the promises we keep.
That is the measure of our character. That is who we are. Out of many, one.
Ladies and gentlemen, have faith. Have faith.
The state of our union is hopeful, resilient and enduring.
God bless you. God bless your families. And may God bless the United States of America. Thank you.