Former President Donald Trump said he would chime in after President Biden’s State of the Union address Tuesday night with his thoughts on the speech, adding to the list of rebuttals that will follow the commander-in-chief’s remarks.
Trump’s remarks will be separate from the official GOP response to the 80-year-old president, which will be delivered by Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders — who served as Trump’s White House press secretary from mid-2017 to mid-2019.
Trump, 76, announced the launch of his 2024 White House bid in November and is the only declared GOP presidential candidate so far, though former Ambassador to the Union Nations Nikki Haley is expected to join the fray later this month.
The former president also announced Tuesday that he will provide “play by play” of Biden’s speech via his preferred platform, Truth Social.
“I will be doing, by popular request, a live and full ‘Play by Play’ analysis of The State of the Union Address, TONIGHT ON ‘TRUTH’ AT 9:00 P.M.,” the 45th president wrote.
“If properly done, and if Joe has just a modestly good night, this speech has the opportunity to rival any of the World’s great orators, including, Lincoln, Washington, and, of course, the late, great, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Sir Winston Churchill. Watch Truth Social tonight. Enjoy!” he added.
Meanwhile, freshman Rep. Juan Ciscomani (R-Ariz.) has been tapped by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to deliver the GOP’s Spanish-language rebuttal to Biden.
“While Democrats’ woke politics would have you believe the worst in our nation, Juan and his family are a shining reminder of what we look like at our best,” McCarthy said last week after announcing the selection of Ciscomani.
Rep. Delia Ramirez (D-Ill.), also a freshman representative, will provide the progressive counter to the State of the Union.
Ramirez, who was chosen by the Working Families Party, is expected to push a far-left agenda and also respond to Sanders’ and Ciscomani’s speeches.
Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), members of the far-left “Squad,” previously provided the progressive response to Biden’s 2021 and 2022 addresses to Congress, respectively.