Trump Says He'll Send Thank-You Note to 'Nice' Democrat Who Clapped at SOTU

By Susan Jones | February 6, 2018 | 6:00 AM EST

Rep. Al Lawson (D-Fla.), seen in the center of the photo, clapped when President Trump discussed low black unemployment at the State of the Union address. (Photo: C-SPAN)

( - "Did anybody happen to see the State of the Union Address?" President Donald Trump asked his audience in Blue Ash, Ohio on Monday.

The president expressed disappointment in the "bad energy" coming from the Democrat side of the aisle as he spoke last week, and he singled out the lone African-American Democrat who actually clapped when Trump mentioned that black unemployment was then at a record low.

But I said, you have the lowest black unemployment in the history of our country. It was like -- it was a game. You know, they play games. They were told, 'Don't even make a facial movement.'

And I'm talking about -- you have the lowest Hispanic unemployment in the history of our country. This isn't me -- said -- this is the charts, the polls. We have the lowest in the history of our country. Dead silence -- not a smile.

In fact, there was one guy -- when I said the lowest African-American unemployment, he was sort of clapping -- like, who was that guy? He's a nice guy. I think he's a Reverend, and he was -- I wouldn't say it was exactly a rousing -- but he was putting his hands together.

And I want to find out who he is. I'm going to send him a letter of thank you. And he was probably severely reprimanded -- don't you think, Rob? I think so -- because he was the only one.

Rep. Al Lawson, a Florida Democrat, was the only member of the Congressional Black Caucus seen clapping for Trump's comment about the record low unemployment rate for African-Americans.

Trump told his audience in Ohio that most Democrats "would rather see Trump do badly, okay, than our country do well." He called it "very selfish."

"And it got to a point where I really didn't even want to look too much, during the speech, over to that side, because honestly, it was bad energy. That was bad energy.

You're up there, you've got half the room going totally crazy, wild, they loved everything. They want to do something great for our country. And you have the other side, even on positive news -- really positive news like that -- they were like death. And un-American -- un-American.

Somebody said treasonous -- I mean -- yeah, I guess, why not? Can we call that treason? Why not. I mean, they certainly didn't seem to love our country very much. But you look at that and it's really very, very sad," the president said.

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