Trump's speech by the numbers

Written by Lisa

President Donald Trump addressed Congress for the first time on Tuesday, delivering a markedly more unifying and optimistic message than his past major speeches. Here’s how it broke down, by the numbers:

Length of speech: 60 minutes, 14 seconds

Trump’s first address to the nation lasted slightly longer than each of the last five president’s first address to Congress. It was seconds longer than Bill Clinton’s first address to Congress and almost 10 minutes longer than Barack Obama’s first address to Congress, according to C-SPAN.

Applause lines: 84

The president received consistent applause throughout the night from congressional Republicans and, at times, Democrats. The longest applause of the night occurred for Carryn Owens, the widow of Ryan Owens, the Navy SEAL killed in a Yemen raid. Trump even mentioned this applause, saying it “just broke a record.”

Mentions of Obamacare: 5

Trump spoke about the “collapsing,” “imploding,” “disaster” of the Affordable Care Act, as congressional Republicans struggle to design a suitable replacement for the law they have vowed to repeal.

Times Democrats audibly reacted negatively in response to a Trump statement: 4

The Democrats audibly grumbled multiple times during the speech, including when Trump said he was working to “drain the swamp,” when he talked about repealing Obamacare, when he talked about undocumented immigrants killing American citizens, and when he said that “trivial fights are behind us.”

Mentions of the wall: 1

Trump mentioned his long-discussed border wall, saying construction will begin “soon” and “will be started ahead of schedule and, when finished, it will be a very effective weapon against drugs and crime.”

Mentions of anti-Semitism: 1

Although he didn’t use the word, “anti-Semitism,” Trump began his speech by addressing the recent wave of anti-Semitic bomb threats and cemetery vandalisms across the country. He also mentioned the shooting near Kansas City the FBI is investigating as a hate crime against two Indian men.

“We are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms,” Trump said.

Mentions of the media: 1

Trump has made his hostility towards the media well-known during his campaign and the first month of his presidency, often calling stories he doesn’t like “fake news.” However, during this speech, he moved away from his fight with the media as he only criticized the media once, saying the media has “ignored” those impacted by crime by undocumented immigrants.

Mentions of his electoral victory: 1

Near the start of his speech, Trump talked about the “rebellion” of voters who vaulted him into office. He said his supporters were united by the demand that “America must put its own citizens first.”

Uses of the term “radical Islamic terrorism”: 1

Although national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster urged Trump to drop the term “radical Islamic terrorism” from his vocabulary, Trump used it once during his speech.

Mentions of voter fraud or Hillary Clinton: 0

Trump took a step away from his campaign rhetoric that he has continued into his transition and first month of his presidency by not mentioning his claims of voter fraud or Hillary Clinton.


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