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Trump's State of the Union: New Congress, new chapter for US politics

What does US politics look like in 2019? Female Democratic lawmakers wore white for the first State of the Union address since the opposition took the House of Representatives in last autumn's midterm elections. Officially, it was in tribute to the 100th anniversary of women earning the right to vote in the United States. Suffragettes at the time protested in white.

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But there's no doubt that it was also a social media-friendly answer to a Twitter president. How do public displays of the sort shape policy and sway public opinion in the digital age?

In his speech, the US president was once again redrawing the political map, pitting the political class against the working class when it came to immigration. And while he made no direct reference to the recent government shutdown over his border wall plan or the progressive wave during the midterms, Donald Trump did express alarm at what he called "new calls to adopt socialism in our country." How is the United States changing? And what lessons can the rest of the world draw?

Produced by Alessandro XENOS, Jimena MORALES-VELASCO and James VASINA.

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