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What to Watch Instead of the State of the Union

Basketball, Hockey, and Happy Gilmore are all great options to watch instead of Trump spewing more hate

Daniel Hinton's picture
Feb 05, 2019

In terms of perception, the State of the Union is one of the biggest moments of the year in American politics. In reality, it’s one of the most meaningless, especially when the hour-long speech can be undone in one second by Trump’s Twitter fingers.

Instead of watching Trump’s address to the same federal government he shut down for 35 days, relax and watch something else. Despite its airing on every major news network and cable news channel, there are a plethora of alternatives for TV viewers and cord-cutters alike.

Tonight happens to be really exciting for college and pro sports. Both the No. 1 (Tennessee) and No. 2 (Duke) ranked teams in men’s basketball are playing with conference championships and March Madness right around the corner. The NHL has 12 matchups, including the Boston Bruins vs. New York Islanders, who are currently in 1st place in the Atlantic Division.

If you prefer your sports in movies, the Golf Channel is airing the greatest film of all time according to UCOMM: Happy Gilmore! In case you miss anything, catch a repeat viewing right after at 10 p.m. when the State of the Union enters its second hour.  If you prefer another Adam Sandler flick, Big Daddy will be on Freeform, the channel formerly known as ABC Family. For some counter-programming to Trump’s racist rhetoric, a new drama series about Soul Train, America’s longest-running television program, will premiere on BET at 9 p.m. The first two episodes will air back-to-back so you can skip the speech for a more inclusive show. At the same time, the IFC Channel is showing American History X so Trump won’t be the only neo-Nazi on TV tonight after all.

For cord-cutters and young couples, Netflix just added a slew of new content on the first of the month. Two of the greatest film franchises ever, American Pie (1, 2, and Wedding) and Jaws (1, 2, 3, and Revenge), are now available. Also, you’ll learn more about Trump’s presidency and the American economy by catching up on Netflix docs Get Me Roger Stone and Dirty Money. If you really need to watch something about the State of the Union, you can watch Ice-Cube in XXX: State of the Union.

In the end, it’s a good idea to be at least somewhat informed on tonight’s events, but you don’t have to hear it all from Trump himself. Follow the likes of @AOC and the #SOTU hashtag on Twitter for the most instant, informative, and hilarious reactions. Twitter won’t be the only platform for instant reactions to Trump’s speech. As is tradition, the Democrats will have a nationally televised response, this year was given by Georgia politician Stacey Abrams. Sen. Bernie Sanders will give one, too that will stream live on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra will deliver the Democrats’ Spanish-language response. His predecessor, Sen. Kamala Harris, just announced that she’ll give pre-emptive remarks on Facebook Live before Trump goes on.

Like the Democratic Party’s 2020 primary, there will be plenty of options to choose over Trump tonight. With a president as unpopular as this, we watch what we want.

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