U.S. Representative Joseph Kennedy III, a politician with a very well-known name but relatively little prominence outside of his home state of MA, will deliver next week's Democratic rebuttal to President Donald Trump's state of the union address.
The 37-year-old three-term congressman will appear on national TV following Trump's speech on January 30 to present the Democratic Party's response, according to The Boston Globe.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) hailed Kennedy as a "relentless fighter for working Americans".
Speaking to the Boston Globe, Mr Kennedy said: "From healthcare to economic justice to civil rights, the Democratic agenda stands in powerful contrast to President Trump's broken promises to American families". He is the grandson of Senator Robert Kennedy and the great-nephew of President John F Kennedy, both of whom were assassinated in the 1960s. "This immigrant is charged with responding in Spanish to Trump during the State of the Union", she wrote in Spanish on Twitter after the announcement, later adding that she was "proud to be a Democrat". Ted Kennedy did so in 1982 when Ronald Reagan was president. The final two options for YouTube viewers are C-SPAN, which will also stream the State of the Union on its website, and an official broadcast that will come straight from the White House. "Our vision for this union is guided by a simple belief that equality and economic dignity should be afforded to every American". Trump's congressional address will air on Tuesday, Jan. 30; it's unclear if Waters' address at the beginning of the BET news special "Angela Rye's State of the Union" will air on Tuesday or Wednesday night.
Last year, Kennedy garnered national attention during the health care debate when he delivered an emotional speech that went viral.