Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Bed-Stuy, Brownsville, East New York, Canarsie, Mill Basin, Coney Island, parts of Queens) railed against President Donald Trump and for the Democratic Party in his annual State of the District Address delivered last night before a packed auditorium of supporters at Brooklyn Technical High School, 29 Fort Greene Place in Fort Greene.
In his 30 minute speech, Jeffries pledged his commitment to fighting against President Donald Trump’s divisive policies and being a champion for all Americans.
“These are certainly challenging times for our community, our city and our country. We want to bring people together, some are trying to tear us apart, said Jeffries.
“We are in the midst of an american turbulence. And a we continue our majestic march towards a more perfect union. This is a turbulent moment for our country. Down in Washington we’ve got an individual– a master of deception, a reality show host–running around the oval office masquerading as the President of the United States of America. This is a turbulent moment for our democracy.”
Jeffries noted the recent midterm elections victory that saw the House of Representatives become majority Democrat, picking up 46 seats last November. A win he hopes will be a stronghold against policies out of White House.
“There is a new sheriff in town. In the Constitution, it says that the House is a separate and co-equal branch of government. We don’t work for Donald Trump, we work for the American people,” added Jeffries.
As for Trump’s push for a border wall between the U.S and Mexico, Jeffries has no plans of giving a cent to the proposed project.
“It is unreasonable to assume that the House Democratic majority is going to fund his unnecessary vanity project, not now, not ever. If Donald Trump wants to build a wall, let him do it around 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,” said Jeffries.
Going forward, the Brooklynite has plans to invest in the country’s infrastructure, increase and sustain affordable housing, fix the Voting Rights Act, increase the minimum wage, and defend DREAMers.
“Who knows what the new House Democratic majority can do on behalf of the American people. We are just getting started!” exclaimed Jeffries.
Additionally, Jeffries plans on working for immigrants, working families, minorities and for all the people in the 8th Congressional District.
“Here’s a news flash straight out of Brooklyn. I will fight for our community today, I will fight for our community tomorrow and I will fight for our community forever.”
Though the Brooklynite has not made any announcement to run for President in 2020, he definitely has the support from his local district. A source close to the Congressman claims he has no intention of running as of now.
The Congressman ended the night with a standing ovation from all those in attendance.