Stacey Abrams stepped onto the biggest stage of her political career Tuesday and accused President Trump and his fellow Republicans of abandoning working Americans and fomenting partisan and cultural discord. The Georgia Democrat introduced herself to the nation months after narrowly losing her bid to become America's first black female governor. Instead, she became the first black woman to deliver a State of the Union response. Speaking from a union hall in Atlanta, Abrams combined her party's vision of a more unified society with her personal story as a black daughter of the Deep South, the AP reports. "These were our family values: faith, service, education, and responsibility," she said, arguing for "this uncommon grace of community."
"We do not succeed alone," she added. "In these United States, when times are tough, we can persevere because our friends and neighbors will come for us." Abrams identified Trump as architect of the 35-day government shutdown that ended last month. "The shutdown was a stunt engineered by the president of the United States," Abrams said, "one that defied every tenet of fairness and abandoned not just our people, but our values." Abrams wasn't the only Democrat weighing in Tuesday night. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a staunch Trump critic, delivered the party's Spanish-language response. And independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont delivered his own response broadcast on his social media platforms.
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