Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona broke from her Democratic colleagues by giving a standing ovation for “opportunity zones” during President Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday. While the majority of Democrats sat as Trump commended Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., for his work on opportunity zones, Sinema stood and applauded her colleague.
Opportunity zones were created in tandem with the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. They provide tax advantages for certain investments in lower income areas.
“Jobs and investments are pouring into nine thousand previously neglected neighborhoods, thanks to opportunity zones. A plan spearheaded by Senator Tim Scott as part of our great Republican tax cuts,” Trump said as Sinema stood to clap.
Sinema was surrounded by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Kamala Harris of California. Both women ran failed 2020 presidential campaigns and refused to stand for the success of opportunity zones.
Democratic senator Kyrsten Sinema gives a standing ovation after Trump commends GOP Sen. Tim Scott for work on opportunity zones. pic.twitter.com/CPjxbgfIIG
— Axios (@axios) February 5, 2020
Democrats lack of applause for successful legislation and programs implemented by the Trump administration was not limited to opportunity zones. They also refused to clap for record unemployment for black Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, women, military veterans, disabled people and young people.
Democrats refuse to clap for record low unemployment, record low poverty levels.
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) February 5, 2020
The real question is, what successful program will the Democrats clap for? The answer is, of course, none.