Trump’s State of the Union speech sets tone of bitterness for presidential election
Donald Trump has thrown out the rulebook for American presidents, so it was little surprise that yesterday’s State of the union speech was once agin out of the ordinary.
The property entrepreneur and TV star has applied many of the same principles he used on television throughout his time at The White House, and his entrance, exit and speed for The State of the Union speech, was similarly choreographed.
With The Senate about to aquit him from any wrong doing in his impeachment trial, Trump entered Congress like a conquering hero, although clearly embittered by his treatment.
Trump refused to shake the hand of Congress leader Nancy Pelosi, who he holds responsible for his impeachment and in return, she tore up his speech in clear view of the TV cameras.
Playing out like one cheap soap opera, the atmosphere does not bode well for this election year.
Escaping conviction has re-invigorated Trump and his characteristic bluster yesterday was clearly vengeful.
In a speech that spanned 78 minutes, Trump’s claims were, as ever, dramatic.
“In just three short years, we have shattered the mentality of American Decline and we have rejected the downsizing of America’s destiny,
“The state of our union,” Mr. Trump declared, “is stronger than ever before.”
There were no new initiatives outlined by the president, but in an attempt to widen his appeal, he made several references to African-American projects that he has supported.
His conservative agenda was front and centre however, as was his triumphalism at having assassinated Qassim Suleimani.
He also took the opportunity to honour a right-wing journalist, focusing on his irritation with what he refers to as ‘fake news’, which in actuality is any news that questions his actions or policies.
This is not a man who has been tempered in any way, or humbled, by his impeachment, but rather one who returned smug and inflated.
Pelosi and the Democrats were cringing throughout his address, so a well organised chant of, “ four more years”, by the Republicans was particularly unpalatable.
Currently, it appears that Trump will secure another term at The White House as the Democrat Party have been unable to find the right ammunition to disempower his appeal.
The last presidential election broke the mould, America is flinching to see what will happen in the coming months.