It wasn’t the State of the Union I expected. It wasn’t even the State of the Union I’d hoped for when I assumed it would be focused on the wall. But it was the State of the Union we needed, and I’m thoroughly impressed.
President Trump and his team put together a spot-on State of the Union. I didn’t agree with some of the points, but that’s okay. The overall speech overcame any individual objections I might have, giving Americans a reason to believe there’s hope for the next two years after nothing but contention in Washington DC since the midterm elections.
Yes, he mentioned the wall. No, he didn’t say anything different from the script he’s been repeating for weeks. That was unexpected, but hopefully it’s a sign that either Congress might be able to make a deal or he’s planning on invoking 10 U.S.C. 284.
Outside of the wall points, it was hard for Democrats to find fault in anything the President said. He even softened the room a bit, particularly the “White Blouse Caucus” that seemed for a time to be unwilling to even smile, let alone clap about anything the President said.
But they actually broke out in raucous cheers when he noted 58% of the new jobs created went to women. He even congratulated them for representing the highest number of women ever elected to Congress.
The biggest news, to me, was a call for a ban on late-term abortions. It was a compelling statement that is obviously unlikely, but it’s great to hear the President say it. Someday, it may be a reality.
Notably, when he said America would never be a socialist nation, both Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer stood in applause. Others, including Democratic candidates for President, did not stand, nor did they applaud.
This was the President’s best speech. Democrats and leftist media will make their objections, but this speech wasn’t for them. The American people who heard it (other than his unhinged die-hard opposition) will be impressed by this statesmanlike State of the Union.