Former Democratic Gov. Steven Beshear’s response to President Donald Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday evening was so underwhelming even liberal pundits like MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow described it as “stunty and small.”
Immediately following Trump’s address, the impressed hosts of CNN remarked upon the “subdued” and “different tone” the president struck in this speech to “reset” the national dialogue.
But when it came time for the Democratic Party’s official televised response via former Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear, MSNBC felt that it left something to be desired.
“[Trump’s] eroding our democracy, and that’s reckless,” Beshear said after Trump had finished delivering his speech. “Real leaders don’t spread derision and division. Real leaders strengthen. They unify, they partner and they offer real solutions instead of ultimatums and blame.”
Lamenting that the opposition party’s response “is always trouble, it’s always bad,” MSNBC host Rachel Maddow panned Beshear’s effort.
“When you do something stunty and small like this, it looks stunty and small,” Maddow said.