Just hours after the President unleashed a furious conservative cavalcade on the American people, several members of congress were involved in a harrowing experience in the hills of Virginia.
Last night’s State of The Union address felt, in many ways, like a reset for the political unrest within the republican party. There were no abhorrent protests inside or outside of the venue, with the most “controversial” moments of the night emanating from the inaction of several democratic members of congress who refused to applaud the achievements of the last year. This was particularly embarrassing for the Congressional Black Caucus, who sat stone faced in “resistance” when the President announced that unemployment rates among African Americans was as low as it has ever been.
Yet, despite this pedantic stunt, the nation felt unified again. The President had looked presidential, and his laundry list of accomplishments was just too much to ignore. Truly, a new American moment had been reached.
Yet this morning, just hours after our congressmen and women left the Capitol with a renewed vigor for public service, tragedy struck on the way to a governmental retreat.
“A train carrying members of Congress — including House Speaker Paul Ryan — to their legislative retreat in West Virginia hit a truck Wednesday, multiple sources told CNN, leaving at least one person dead.
“Five patients were transported to UVA Medical Center, with one in critical condition, the hospital tweeted, though it was unclear among the injured who was and was not on the train.“Multiple sources said that all members of Congress on the train and their families were OK, with the exception of a few minor injuries. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed in a statement that there was at least one fatality from the collision, though it was unclear who that was.“‘The President has been fully briefed on the situation in Virginia and is receiving regular updates,’ Sanders said in her statement. ‘There is one confirmed fatality and one serious injury. There are no serious injuries among members of Congress or their staff.'”