VENETIA, Pa. — Tony and Michelle Ripepi always make sure their children are civically engaged, from following local and national elections to watching big decisions, speeches and moments coming from the White House.
“We make it a point to discuss current events so that they are aware of what is going on in the world, so for us, watching the State of the Union address given by any president is a family affair,” Michelle said.
Tuesday evening was no different as the couple sat in their Pennsylvania living room with their children, Lillie, Natalie, Tony and John.
One constant theme throughout President Trump’s speech, in particular for the kids, was the decision by Democrats not to stand and applaud, especially on issues like border security or historic low unemployment rates, or some of the more emotional personal stories the president highlighted.
“I just wonder if they thought this through past their politics, on many of these things all of America is applauding while they are sitting,” said 14-year-old Natalie.
Lillie, 15, a freshman at Peters Township High School, was particularly interested in the president’s focus on immigration, in particular DACA.
“I do believe that the DACA kids should be allowed to stay here,” said Lillie, who just completed a school paper on DACA. “It is the only home they have known, but I also think they should go through the legal process to become citizens.”
On the wall, she was adamant: “Build it.”
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