Press Release

Statement from AFT President Randi Weingarten on Trump’s State of the Union Address and the Democratic Response

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019


Oriana Korin

WASHINGTON—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten issued the following statement on President Trump’s State of the Union address and the Democratic response delivered by Stacey Abrams:

“The contrast between President Trump’s speech and Stacey Abrams’ response was palpable and powerful. Abrams talked about what ordinary Americans need to seize their futures, while the president said not one word about either the shutdown or public education. Abrams offered hope and aspiration in response to the president’s predictable course.”


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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.