Billy Porter To Deliver LGBTQ State Of The Union Address

On February 4, Donald Trump will deliver his State of the Union address.

Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award winner Billy Porter has announced he will deliver the LGBTQ State of the Union address at Noon ET on Logo TV, Facebook Twitter and YouTube.

Porter notes that his speech will contain ‘more complete sentences’ than the Donald’s.

Watch the video announcement below.

Porter offered his own LGBTQ State of the Union address last year as well. You can watch the 2019 speech below.

Trump Agrees To Postpone State Of The Union Address Until #TrumpShutdown Is Resolved

President Trump said late Wednesday that he would deliver his State of the Union address once the federal government reopens, capping a day of brinkmanship with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who told the president that he was not welcome to deliver the speech in the House chamber while the government is partly closed.
Nancy Pelosi (L) and Donald Trump (R)

From The New York Times:

President Trump said late Wednesday that he would deliver his State of the Union address once the federal government reopens, capping a day of brinkmanship with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who told the president that he was not welcome to deliver the speech in the House chamber while the government is partly closed.

“As the Shutdown was going on, Nancy Pelosi asked me to give the State of the Union Address,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter shortly after 11 p.m., hours after he had said he would look for another venue for the speech. “I agreed. She then changed her mind because of the Shutdown, suggesting a later date. This is her prerogative – I will do the Address when the Shutdown is over.”

House Democrats continue to say they are willing to give Trump substantial amounts of money for border security (technology, manpower), just not for his beloved wall.

The Senate will vote to day on two different proposals – one that supports Trump’s demands, one that funds the government shutdown to an end without funding ‘the wall.’

Neither proposal is expected to get the necessary 60 votes in the Senate to pass, although 3 Republicans – Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colorado), Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), have signaled they would vote for the continuing resolution that would reopen the government.

Speaker Pelosi circled back one more time for clarity:

Nancy Pelosi To Trump: Come To The House When The Government Has Been Opened

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a letter today to Donald Trump reiterating that she does not intend on hosting the annual State of the Union address in Congress until the ongoing federal shutdown comes to an end.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a letter today to Donald Trump reiterating that she does not intend on hosting the annual State of the Union address in Congress until the ongoing federal shutdown comes to an end.

From CNBC:

In a letter to Trump, Pelosi escalated a standoff over the annual address hours after the president said he would give the speech in the House chamber next week as planned. Earlier this month, Pelosi urged him to reschedule the remarks or deliver them elsewhere during a partial government shutdown.

Pelosi wrote that the Democratic-held House would not pass the resolution needed to approve the joint session of Congress where he would deliver the address. She said lawmakers “will not consider a concurrent resolution authorizing the President’s State of the Union address in the House Chamber until government has opened.”

“Again, I look forward to welcoming you to the House on a mutually agreeable date for this address when government has been opened,” Pelosi wrote. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he introduced a resolution Wednesday to allow Trump to deliver the address, but it is unlikely to pass without Pelosi’s support.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Asks Trump To Postpone State Of The Union Address

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has asked Donald Trump to postpone his State of the Union address to Congress until the Trump Shutdown is solved.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has asked Donald Trump to postpone his State of the Union address to Congress until the Trump Shutdown is solved.

Politico reporter Rachel Bade says Democrats are not of a mind to give Trump a platform to blame them in a national address for a situation he created.

Pelosi reportedly asked that perhaps Trump could deliver his SOTU to Congress in writing.

Can you imagine? He can barely author a tweet.

Surprise! Trump Exagerrates The Size Of His SOTU Viewership

Donald Trump

You could see this one coming a mile away.

This morning, Donald Trump tweeted this self-congratulatory missive: “Thank you for all of the nice compliments and reviews on the State of the Union speech. 45.6 million people watched, the highest number in history. @FoxNews beat every other Network, for the first time ever, with 11.7 million people tuning in. Delivered from the heart!”

But this turns out to be another game of “alternative facts” for the Trump administration.

Here are the stats for previous presidents giving their first SOTU addresses:

• Barack Obama: 48 million on 11 outlets in 2010
• George W. Bush: 52 million on 8 outlets in 2002
• Bill Clinton: 45.8 million on 4 outlets in 1994

Trump’s State Of The Union Address Draws Millions Fewer Viewers Than Obama

Now, we all know how Donald Trump loves good TV ratings.

“The most! The best! The bestest!”

With that in mind, I’m betting the Trumpster won’t be pleased to know that his first SOTU address pulled in fewer viewers by the millions than Barack Obama’s first SOTU.

Via Variety:

Viewership of President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address is down slightly in the Nielsen ratings compared to his first televised address to Congress last February as well as President Barack Obama’s first such address.

On broadcast, Tuesday’s coverage of the speech drew 7.1 million viewers on NBC, 7 million on CBS, 5.4 million on ABC, and 3.6 million on Fox for a combined 23.1 million viewers.

On cable, Fox News led by a wide margin with 11.5 million viewers tuning into the network’s coverage of the speech. CNN was second with 3.1 million, with MSNBC drawing 2.7 million. That means that President Trump’s address drew 40.4 million viewers across broadcast and cable

Obama’s first State of the Union in 2010 drew 48 million viewers across broadcast and cable, while his first address before a joint session of Congress in February 2009 drew 52.4 million viewers. That means that Trump trailed Obama’s first State of the Union by approximately 16 percent in total viewers.

Thoughts On Trump’s 1st State Of The Union Speech

Last night, President Trump delivered his first State of the Union address to a joint sessions of Congress.

Random thoughts:

• It was long – the longest since Bill Clinton’s 2000 address.

• For the most part, Trump stayed on script which is about the best thing that can be said.

• No new policies were introduced during the speech.

• It was odd to watch Trump himself clap during each pause. Or, considering it’s Trump – not so odd.

• The Trumpster only spent 49 seconds on the opioid epidemic that’s killing 64,000 people a year in America.

• Teleprompter Trump is better than unfiltered Trump.

• It’s notable that as he stepped up to the mic, Trump’s approval rating – 37% – is the lowest of any modern president as he enters his second year.

• Lots of inaccuracies throughout the address. Non-partisan, Pulitzer Prize-winning site Politifact did fact checking along the way.

Just some of what they found.

“Just as I promised the American people from this podium 11 months ago, we enacted the biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history.”

It is False that the tax-cut package passed in December is the largest cut ever, as Trump has repeatedly claimed.

In inflation-adjusted dollars, the recent tax bill is the fourth-largest since 1940. And as a percentage of GDP, it ranks seventh.

“The third pillar ends the visa lottery — a program that randomly hands out green cards without any regard for skill, merit, or the safety of American people.”

We rated Trump’s claim False. While lottery applicants are randomly selected, they must meet education and work experience requirements. They must also be vetted by the United States government before being allowed to come to the United States.

“African-American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded, and Hispanic American unemployment has also reached the lowest levels in history.”

The black unemployment rate is indeed at record lows, and the Hispanic unemployment rate reached the lowest levels in history during Trump’s tenure.

That’s a continuation of an earlier trend. Under former President Barack Obama, the unemployment rate for both groups fell by more than half.

Much more over at Politifact.

For more in-depth coverage of the speech, head over to The New York Times‘ recap here.