Speaker of your home Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer released a statement Monday night requiring equivalent airtime for Democrats after all significant news networks revealed their intent to air President Trump’s upcoming address on border security.
” Now that the television networks have decided to air the President’s address, which if his previous statements are any sign will have plenty of malice and misinformation, Democrats should right away be offered equivalent airtime,” the declaration reads in part.
Schumer/Pelosi call for Democrats to have equal airtime in a declaration reacting to the president’s Tuesday night address @NY1 @SpectrumNewsDC pic.twitter.com/LJNJf2FXQi
— Kevin Frey (@KevinFreyTV) January 8, 2019
The statement further assaulted Trump over the ongoing government shutdown and called for “effective border security solutions– simply not the President’s inefficient and ineffective wall.”
A televised rebuttal from a member of the other party typically takes place after a State of the Union speech or governmental address to Congress. Those defenses are also not nearly as long as State of the Union speeches– definitely not “equivalent airtime.”
President Trump announced his plan Monday to address the country from the Oval Workplace for the very first time this Tuesday, focusing his remarks on “the humanitarian and nationwide security crisis on our Southern Border.”
I am happy to inform you that I will Deal with the Nation on the Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border. Tuesday night at 9:00 P.M. Eastern.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 7, 2019
Lots of tv networks, both broadcast and cable, were reportedly not sure whether or not to air Trump’s speech. However, it was confirmed Monday evening that every major TV news network will air the president’s remarks.