House Speaker Paul Ryan called the president’s national address a “home run” as his fellow GOP members of Wisconsin’s congressional delegation largely praised the speech.
Dem members, however, were critical of the speech.
U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee, said in a statement she found Trump’s words “empty and indicative of a weak person’s idea of what strength looks like,” and she blasted the president for failing to detail “a plan to quell violence and vandalism perpetrated by those who feel emboldened by his actions.”
Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, said he looks forward to cooperating with the president if he is “serious about working to expand economic opportunities for all Wisconsinites with good paying jobs.
“However, if he puts his own self-interests ahead of the interests of our country, there will be problems,” Kind said. “For example, the president should support the creation of an independent commission to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election, embrace transparency by releasing his tax returns, and divest himself from all personal business dealings at home and abroad.”
U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Town of Vermont, accused Trump of delivering “a speech full of empty promises,” and hoped listeners will “hold him [Trump] to a higher standard when it comes to his actions and policies.”
“This is a President who would like claim he is on the side of working people, but his own actions as a ‘businessman’ hurt workers and small businesses,” Pocan said. “His cabinet is full of Wall Street Bankers, multi-millionaires and billionaires who took advantage of an economy rigged against working families.”
Ryan, who sat behind the president for the speech, praised Trump’s call to replace the Affordable Care Act with an approach that includes a tax credit to help individuals buy plans that fit their needs.
“We now have a government unified around a simple, but important principle: Empowering the people — not Washington — is the way to build a better future for our country,” Ryan said. “This is a president who is serious about tackling our biggest challenges and improving people’s lives.”
U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Glenbeulah, said Trump “hit the right combination of outreach, optimism and hard-hitting realism.”
“He laid out a future of taking our country’s best immigrants while remembering the victims of the failed immigration policies of our past,” Grothman said. “He promised to revitalize American industry, and has turned over a new leaf of the executive branch unabashedly praising law enforcement in our war against crime.”
And U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, the dean of Wisconsin’s congressional delegation, said the address “outlined a straightforward and optimistic vision for the future of this nation,” in addition to extending “an olive branch across the aisle” in order to find “serious, lasting solutions.”
Other members reacted to the speech via social media.
U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wausau, in a tweet praised Trump’s speech, saying he was “excited to continue to work” with Trump to “get our nation back on track.”
U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Green Bay, called it an “aspirational and bold speech” and called on policymakers to “get to work and get the job done.”
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, noted via Twitter the president “addressed the urgent need to prioritize #BuyAmerica and rebuild our nation’s infrastructure #JointAddress”
But she followed with another tweet, “But @POTUS stood silent when the DC establishment removed #BuyAmerica legislative provisions, hurting Wisconsin workers. #ActionsSpeakLouder”
This post has been updated with additional reaction.