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Five made-for-TV moments from the State of the Union

House Democrats chant “HR3” and hold up three fingers in response to a line on prescription drug prices in President Donald Trump's State of the Union address on Tuesday. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)
House Democrats chant “HR3” and hold up three fingers in response to a line on prescription drug prices in President Donald Trump's State of the Union address on Tuesday. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

President Donald Trump’s address on Tuesday night was brimming with carefully crafted moments that drove home specific policy points.

From a deployed soldier being reunited with his family inside the gallery, to a 13-year-old student being awarded a federal scholarship, they seemed to be designed by the internet itself to tug on the emotional heartstrings of viewers at home.

However, the audience watching on TV, or the internet, wasn’t the only one affected. Lawmakers in the chamber reacted visibly, both in agreement and disapproval.

We’ve pulled together five of the most notable moments from Tuesday’s address and the reaction to it. Watch in less than three minutes.

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