Abrams’ rebuttal began with Happy Lunar New Year and got worse: ‘America is made stronger by immigrants, not walls’

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Fox News host Laura Ingraham had praise for Stacey Abrams, the Democrat choice to deliver the party’s rebuttal to the State of the Union.

The complimentary words came after Ingraham recalled the Ronald Reagan years to say that President Trump could have dispatched the “powerful people” in his cabinet after the speech to “amplify” his message.

She named HUD Secretary Ben Carson and Secretary of Energy Rick Perry as examples.

“I got to say, Stacey Abrams, I think she did have presence tonight,” Ingraham said in response to the rebuttal. “She did much better than some of the people in the last few years.”

Fox News’ Brett Baier threw out a couple of names as an example, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who made the now infamous reach for water while on camera, and the former Republican governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal.

Ingraham said “it’s never easy to do these speeches,” though she was sure to point out that she did not agree with Abrams’ message.

“I think she’s presenting an alternative universe to what’s really going on,” Ingraham noted. “Blue collar wages, as the Washington Post reported in December, finally blue-collar wages are going up.”

“But she did the best she could with this economy that is booming by all accounts,” she said.

Abrams is a failed Democratic candidate for governor in Georgia who owes the IRS thousands in back taxes. As expected, she seized on the government shutdown — she called it “a stunt engineered by the president of the United States” — to exploit federal workers who went a few weeks without a paycheck.

“They waited in line for a box of food and a sliver of hope since they hadn’t received a paycheck in weeks,” she said. “Making their livelihoods a pawn for political games is a disgrace.”

Never mind that House Democrats voted repeatedly against a measure that would have ensured that these workers would receive paychecks.

As for Ingraham’s remark about an “alternative universe,” Abrams contributed to the theme with her opening remarks.

“Good evening my fellow Americans and Happy Lunar New Year,” she said.

A theme that was consistent, it appears:

Republican U.S. Sen. David Perdue, who is also from Georgia, appeared on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” after the SOTU to explain Abrams failed views of America are built on a false narrative.

“What you saw tonight is a president that landed his speech, one of the more historic speeches that I can remember,” he told Ingraham. “He laid out a vision for America that builds on the successes of his presidency so far and the results he’s achieving right now.”

“The response builds on a false narrative, it’s not built on any reality of facts,” Perdue added.

Republican National Committee spokesperson Ellie Hockenbury denounced Abrams’ “broken ideas,” suggesting that, like with Hillary Clinton, Democrats have not gotten over Abrams’ defeat.

“With extreme policies and an anti-free market agenda, Stacey Abrams was rejected by her home state of Georgia last November,” Hockenbury said in a release. “Tonight, Abrams’ speech for a national audience replayed the same broken ideas that capsized her failed campaign.  While President Trump outlined a unifying agenda to advance America’s progress, Democrats are still living in the past, mourning Abrams’ loss.”

As for those broken ideas, Abrams distorts Trump’s immigration plan and praise of immigrants to put alleged compassion ahead of sound policy.

“We know bipartisanship could craft a 21st century immigration plan, but this administration chooses to cage children and tear families apart,” Abrams said in a shining example of the aforementioned false narrative.

“Compassionate treatment at the border is not the same as open borders. President Reagan understood this. President Obama understood this. Americans understand this. And Democrats stand ready to effectively secure our ports and borders, but we must embrace that from agriculture to health care to entrepreneurship, America is made stronger by the presence of immigrants, not walls.”

Democrats continue to talk a good game about border security while doing everything in their power to maintain a porous southern border.

Abrams also talked about offering free college, gun control and, in face of last week’s controversy over killing babies AFTER they are born, pushed for unlimited abortions.


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