At the outset, Trump appeared to rebuff House speaker Nancy Pelosi's attempt at a handshake (22:30 mark), but it's difficult to say if that was intentional.
Democrats will never stop extending the hand of friendship to get the job done #ForThePeople. We will work to find common ground where we can, but will stand our ground where we cannot. #SOTU pic.twitter.com/ELJqR9q4xD— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) February 5, 2020
In an unprecedented event, towards the end of his speech Pelosi ripped a copy of the speech.
Division in America
There will be mud and animosity from here on out.
Some of the commentators, even on Fox News, expected some olive branches from Trump, but it was "In Your Face" all the way including praise of Rush Limbaugh by Trump, possibly annoying fence-sitting moderates.
Trump called Limbaugh, “the greatest fighter and winner that you will ever meet," and said, "Thank you for your decades of tireless devotion to our country."
CBS News senior political analyst John Dickerson said, “Not only did the president not shake the speaker’s hand, she did not say the traditional words, ‘it’s my high privilege and distinct honor to introduce the president.’ You saw there it was an absolutely split evening. The division in America was out there for all to see.”
Feeble Democratic Response
The democrat response delivered by Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) was lame, totally boring.
Very Poor Start for Democrats
Iowa was a disaster for the Democrats as the moderates are even more split than Bernie and Warren.
If the election were tomorrow, I would bet on Trump.
However, it's not tomorrow, so we have to see how this unfolds. There is still a very good chance of a recession.
Also, Trump's raise of Limbaugh will likely not win moderates. The base can hardly be more energized.
Regardless, this is a very poor start of the national campaign for the Democrats, and a good one for Trump.