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The preliminary overnight ratings for Donald Trump’s 2020 State of the Union speech show a serious decline from his speech last year.

“President Trump’s State of the Union address is on course for a smaller viewership than in the previous three years of his presidency,” Variety reported.

A total of 15.9 million viewers watched Trump across the four major broadcast networks, a decline of 21 percent from the ratings he earned on those networks in 2019.

Trump saw viewers tune out and change the channels on several of the networks who saw their ratings lowered from the 8 p.m. hour as the speech began at 9 p.m.

On NBC, Trump’s address got over 600,000 fewer viewers than Ellen’s Game of Games, which aired the hour prior on the station. A repeat of NCIS on CBS that aired just before the State of the Union had more viewers than Trump by nearly 1.4 million, and over 450,000 more people watched a rerun of The Conners on ABC at 8 p.m. than tuned in for Trump at 9 p.m.

Trump did get a slight increase in ratings from Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back, which aired the hour before his address on Fox News.

Trump was once the star of NBC’s The Apprentice and has frequently cited television ratings as an indication of political strength and cultural relevance.

Viewers who turned off the State of the Union address missed out on Trump lying about immigrants, giving the Medal of Freedom to a racist, lying about protecting preexisting conditions and manufacturing jobs, and misleading on a host of other issues.

When ratings across all networks were tabulated, Trump hit his highest ratings for a State of the Union in 2019 with 46.8 million. He has yet to best President Barack Obama’s highest ratings, when over 48 million tuned in for his address 2019.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.

The White House

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Monday that Donald Trump has a "great record when it comes to the LGBTQ community."

Chris Johnson, chief political and White House reporter for the Washington Blade, asked McEnany if Trump would reconsider the ban on transgender people in the military after 116 Democratic House lawmakers sent a letter last week to Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Attorney General William Barr calling for the Pentagon to end the policy.

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