Numerous Democrats appeared to not celebrate a fourth-grade black girl who received a scholarship on Tuesday night from President Donald Trump during the State of the Union Address.
“The next step forward in building an inclusive society is making sure that every young American gets a great education and the opportunity to achieve the American Dream,” Trump said. “Yet, for too long, countless American children have been trapped in failing government schools. To rescue these students, 18 States have created school choice in the form of Opportunity Scholarships.”
“The programs are so popular, that tens of thousands of students remain on waiting lists,” Trump continued. “One of those students is Janiyah Davis, a fourth grader from Philadelphia. Janiyah’s mom Stephanie is a single parent. She would do anything to give her daughter a better future. But last year, that future was put further out of reach when Pennsylvania’s Governor vetoed legislation to expand school choice for 50,000 children.”
Republican National Committee (RNC) Rapid Response Director Steve Guest noticed that many Democrats did not celebrate the touching moment.
“Another stunning but unsurprising moment from Democrats during the #SOTU,” Guest said in a tweet. “Democrats remain seated as President Trump awards an ‘opportunity scholarship’ to 4th grader.”
Another stunning but unsurprising moment from Democrats during the #SOTU.
Democrats remain seated as President Trump awards an “opportunity scholarship” to 4th grader pic.twitter.com/BdTa4B64a5
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) February 5, 2020
“Janiyah and Stephanie are in the gallery this evening,” Trump continued. “But there is more to their story. Janiyah, I am pleased to inform you that your long wait is over. I can proudly announce tonight that an Opportunity Scholarship has become available, it is going to you, and you will soon be heading to the school of your choice!”
“Now, I call on the Congress to give 1 million American children the same opportunity Janiyah has just received,” Trump continued. “Pass the Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act — because no parent should be forced to send their child to a failing government school.”
“Every young person should have a safe and secure environment in which to learn and grow,” Trump continued. “For this reason, our magnificent First Lady has launched the ‘Be Best’ initiative — to advance a safe, healthy, supportive, and drug-free life for the next generation, online, in school, and in our communities. Thank you, Melania, for your extraordinary love and profound care for America’s children.”
“My Administration is determined to give our citizens the opportunities they need regardless of age or background,” Trump continued. “Through our Pledge to American Workers, over 400 companies will also provide new jobs and education opportunities to almost 15 million Americans.”
“My Budget also contains an exciting vision for our Nation’s high schools,” Trump continued. “Tonight, I ask the Congress to support our students and back my plan to offer vocational and technical education in every single high school in America.”