State of the Union 2018

Racepoint Global

Written by: Rebekah Escala and Natasha English ─ Racepoint DC Interns

After one year in office, President Donald Trump will deliver his first State of the Union address on January 30, 2018. This year’s address comes on the heels of a three-day government shutdown centered on immigration policy ─ a fight which shows little sign of resolution in the near term. In the speech, President Trump is expected to lay out a 2018 policy agenda that will have a significant impact on the midterm elections.

Article II of the Constitution instructs that the President, “shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” Since World War II, presidents have used the State of the Union Address to outline a legislative agenda for the coming year to build public support and Congressional backing for those priorities.

Join the discussion and take advantage of the activities surrounding the speech with Racepoint Global’s annual State of the Union social media guide. Have a question for POTUS? The official hashtag for the speech is #SOTU.

What’s on the agenda?

President Trump’s Joint Address to Congress last year touched on military spending, tax reform, immigration, and healthcare. The President has not said much about this year’s speech, though he recently noted that his $1.7 trillion infrastructure package will be discussed. The White House also stated that they will send a “legislative framework” for immigration reform to bipartisan congressional leaders prior to the speech on Monday evening. After a brief government shutdown over immigration, and promises from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring up an immigration bill before the next funding deadline, immigration will likely be one of the central themes of the speech. Another expected topic of discussion includes the economy, with the stock market off to its best start in 31 years and the passage of Republican tax reform legislation last month.

Join in the conversation on Twitter using #SOTU or #SOTU2018.


Many female Democratic lawmakers, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), plan to wear black in solidarity with the “#MeToo” and “Time’s Up” movements. Some Democrats are skipping the speech entirely, most notably Representative John Lewis (D-GA) and Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA).  There is a website calling for more Congressional members to boycott the address. Relevant hashtags for these movements are #SOTUblackout and #boycottSOTU.

The speech will be broadcasted live online from the following news outlets at 9 p.m. ET:

The speech can also be watched and followed on a number of different White House social media platforms: