Trump's State of the Union address underscores fractures within the GOP
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 04, 2018,
Feb 04, 2018, 12:25
President Trump got high marks for his State of the Union Address for emphasizing national unity, while supporters also applauded his steadfast positions on immigration and terrorism.
It was calculated he used the first-person just 35 times during his 80-minute speech (a record low), and the word "my" only 17.
I'm part of that school of thought that views State of the Union speeches as rhetorical ninjas - they leave no footprints.
U.S. President Donald J. Trump arrives for the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC.
Trump was predictably full of praise for himself and his administration, citing the "incredible progress and extraordinary success" achieved in his first year.
"Anyone claiming that America's economy is in decline is peddling fiction", Obama said in his January 2016 address. The test for the president, Congress and the nation in the days ahead lies in finding sustainable solutions to the country's pressing problems.
After the bruising battle over the last stopgap measure that resulted in a weekend government shutdown before Democrats gave in, Pelosi and Schumer appeared to be in no mood for entreaties from Trump.
One of Trump's more notable quotes of the night, addressing the American people, was "If there's a mountain, we climb it".
And one line in particular made clear he had no interest in the "unifying" message he'd promised: "Americans are dreamers, too". But, he said, if elected, he'd bring the country back "bigger and better and stronger than ever before". "If you work hard, if you believe in yourself, if you believe in America, then you can dream anything, you can be anything, and together, we can achieve anything".
Mr Trump sought to inspire a deeply divided Congress and nation.
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They were brought there to be human grenades, personifications of the president's intolerance and bigotry - and convincing ones at that, given much of his divisive rhetoric.
Trump proved that again Tuesday night when he demanded an end to what he calls "chain migration" - a policy that worries many on the cultural right who think there are too many Latinos in the United States.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who is up for re-election this year in a state that overwhelmingly voted for Trump, called Democrats who refused to stand or applaud during the president's speech "disrespectful". Two weeks later, the place was blown up. They aspire to get something for nothing.
This week, Trump focused less on other countries and more on the USA, with little or no mention of trade, China or tariffs.