Vocabulary from the Democratic Response to President Trump's First Address to Congress

The Democratic response to President Trump's Address to Congress was delivered from Kentucky by Steve Beshear, the former Governor of that state. Beshear focused on the issue of health care, after President Trump's call to "Repeal and Replace Obamacare" earlier in the evening. Beshear also highlighted what he views as the mistakes President Trump has made in his first 40 days in office. Here are fifteen vocabulary words from Steve Beshear's Democratic response to President Trump. Vocabulary words from President's Trump speech are featured here.
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  1. eviscerate
    remove the entrails of
    Then you started rolling back rules that provide oversight to the financial industry and safeguard us against another economic meltdown and depict a cabinet of billionaires and wall street insiders who want to eviscerate the protections that most Americans count on and that help level the playing field.
  2. renege
    fail to fulfill a promise or obligation
    You know, in 2010, this country made a commitment, that every American deserved health care they could afford and rely on, and we Democrats are going to do everything in our power to keep President Trump and the Republican Congress from reneging on that commitment.
  3. vilify
    spread negative information about
    I listened. And I built partnerships with business leaders and with Republicans in our legislature. We put people first and politics second. The America I love allowed a small-town preacher's kid to be elected governor. It taught me to embrace people who are different from me, not vilify them.
  4. accountability
    responsibility to someone or for some activity
    Look, I may be old-fashioned, but I still believe that dignity, compassion and honesty and accountability are basic American values.
  5. jeopardize
    pose a threat to; present a danger to
    Look, the president can and should enforce our immigration laws, but we can protect America without abandoning our principles and our moral obligation to help those fleeing war and terror, without tearing families apart and without needlessly jeopardizing our military men and women fighting overseas.
  6. credibility
    the quality of being believable or trustworthy
    When the president attacks loyalty and credibility of our intelligence agencies, the court system, the military, the free press, individual Americans, simply because he doesn't like what they say, he is eroding our democracy and that is reckless.
  7. derision
    the act of treating with contempt
    Real leaders don't spread derision and division. Real leaders strengthen.
  8. oversight
    an unintentional omission from failure to notice something
    Then you started rolling back rules that provide oversight to the financial industry and safeguard us against another economic meltdown and depict a cabinet of billionaires and wall street insiders who want to eviscerate the protections that most Americans count on and that help level the playing field.
  9. erode
    become ground down or deteriorate
    When the president attacks loyalty and credibility of our intelligence agencies, the court system, the military, the free press, individual Americans, simply because he doesn't like what they say, he is eroding our democracy and that is reckless.
  10. entrepreneur
    someone who organizes a business venture
    They are farmers, restaurant workers, part-time teachers, nurses aides, construction workers and entrepreneurs working at high-tech startups.
  11. safeguard
    make safe
    Then you started rolling back rules that provide oversight to the financial industry and safeguard us against another economic meltdown and depict a cabinet of billionaires and wall street insiders who want to eviscerate the protections that most Americans count on and that help level the playing field.
  12. recession
    a situation in which the state of the economy declines
    I became governor at the start of the global recession and after eight years, we left things a lot better than we found them.
  13. diverse
    distinctly dissimilar or unlike
    Americans are a diverse people and we may disagree on a lot of things, but we have always come together when we remember that we are one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
  14. reckless
    marked by defiant disregard for danger or consequences
    When the president attacks loyalty and credibility of our intelligence agencies, the court system, the military, the free press, individual Americans, simply because he doesn't like what they say, he is eroding our democracy and that is reckless.
  15. alienate
    arouse hostility or indifference in
    Yet President Trump is ignoring serious threats to our national security from Russia, who is not our friend, while alienating our allies who have fought with this side-by-side and are our friends in a dangerous world.

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