by Robert Jeter:
President Trump delivered his first State of Union address last night.
There are five crucial things Trump addressed, worth remembering.
Immigration was the dominative segment in Trump’s address. In fact it was the thing that led to millions of discussions after Trump’s state of union and it was the main subject of today’s newspaper headlines.
Trump delivered on long and emphatic defense to the administration attitude towards immigration in general and DACA in particular.
In this regard he stated: “Americans are dreamers, too” — an allusion to the name of “Dreamers” for DACA beneficiaries and to Trump’s insistence that the rights of native-born Americans should be the primary focus. He also complained about “the terrible loopholes exploited by criminals and terrorists to enter our country” and linked lax immigration policy to the activities of criminal gangs like MS-13 and to two terrorist attacks in New York.
Normally, Trump’s State of Union address led to negative backlash from Democrats. For instance, Sen. Kamala Harris a potential 2020 presidential candidate referred to Trump’s speech as “completely irresponsible” and “fear-mongering”
- Retaining the base content:
Trump definitely throw red meat to his base last night. Besides the many things he addressed he also addressed the NFL controversy and their taking a knee on the national anthem.
Citing as a counterpoint 12-year-old Preston Sharp, who Trump said had “started a movement” that had ultimately placed 40,000 flags at veterans’ graves, he said the young boy’s attitude was a reminder of “why we proudly stand for the national anthem.”
When it comes to economy the references that Trump discussed were: low unemployment, solid growth and a rising stock market — clearly have appeal to most voters, including independents.
- Unity? Not this time:
Like all the regular presidents, Trump was also expected to call for national unity last night. He didn’t done it. He called for bipartisanship only for the infrastructure spending and prison reform.
- Few minds Changed:
Being a polarizing political figure, Trump is hard to be seen how it’s changing through time.
Trump’s goal of keeping the base may keep his voters energized to 2020 when the presidential elections will take place. But, whether this strategy will have a success, time will tell. Besides the robust economy, Trump is at just 40.1 percent job approval in the RealClearPolitics polling averages.
- Podium Silent on Russian probe:
The State of the Union was delivered against a backdrop of Russia-related controversy.
The president, unsurprisingly, made no mention of any of this during his remarks.
But as he was leaving the House chamber, he was heard reassuring Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) that he was “100 percent” behind the release of the Nunes memo.