President Donald Trump made a speech last night to a joint session of congress. During the preceding day, the usual suspects in print and broadcast media put out a narrative that Trump’s speech would ‘tone down Trump’ and show a new ‘moderation.’ There was talk about Trump compromising on his agenda and accommodating the Democrats (and certain Republicans) on key issues like amnesty for illegal migrants.
What they got was something entirely different.
The best way I can characterize President Trump’s magnificent speech – and there is no other word for it-is is shock and awe. It was that rare thing,a speech not only of substance but of inspiration and hope. This one will go down in American political history.
The Left has never really understood Donald Trump, because outside their narrow bubble and identity politics, they don’t really understand most Americans. Reassured by their trained seals in the media, it was enough for them to simply assume Trump was a buffoon, a fascist, a racist, what have you and to tune him out. What they expected was capitulation. What the president hit them with was so dynamic, so precise and so powerful that most of them literally didn’t know how to process it. And still don’t.
The first inkling of this was the 5 minute standing ovation that greeted President Trump as he was introduced and made his way to the podium. True, it was mainly Republicans, joined by the odd Democrat like West Virginia’s Joe Manchin. But it was impressive just the same. Most of the Democrats stayed seated with their arms folded.
And then The Donald began to speak and what did he start with? A shout out to black history month, and revealing an agreement he and Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau had made to promote and increase support for women entrepreneurs. When he announced that one, Fauxahontas and NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand didn’t applaud, but looked at each other like someone had hit them both with a taser. Then they began hanging over each other, whispering together and scribbling notes.
It went on and on, with Trump reminding Americans of what he had promised when he ran and what progress had been made thus far. Without mentioning Obama’s name, he didn’t to gloss over the mess that had been inherited, but he also pointed out how many signs there were that the country was slowly but surely turning around – the 3 trillion increase in the stock market, and the companies already committed to building, investing and hiring in America. He eviscerated ObamaCare, and talked about what was necessary to replace it and what steps had already been taken. And he explained his positions on trade, tax reform, school choice, illegal migration,national defense and the travel ban in such common sense, effective terms that most Americans understood him immediately.
And most importantly, he threw the ball right at congress, calling for them to end the partisan nonsense and work for the American people to get things done. Or as Trump put it:
Everything that is broken in our country can be fixed. Every problem can be solved. And every hurting family can find healing, and hope.
Our citizens deserve this, and so much more –- so why not join forces to finally get it done? On this and so many other things, Democrats and Republicans should get together and unite for the good of our country, and for the good of the American people.
Needless to say,that got hisses and thumbs down from the Democrats.
You see, Donald Trump’s speech accomplished a number of objectives last night. He reassured his base that this was not going to be another case of a Republican saying one thing on the campaign trail and another is Washington. And he gave the 20% or so who get their news and views from the likes of CNN, NBC and the Washington Post a chance to see who Donald Trump really is as opposed to the cartoon the Leftist media has created.
He also revealed, on national television exactly what most of the Democrat congress consists of – a bunch of nasty, dysfunctional spoiled children. A particular moment that stood out for me and I think a lot of other people was when President Trump honored the sacrifice of Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens in front of his widow, Caryn:
This was a moment when all real Americans were, or should have been one in honoring an American hero and his grieving widow. Yet many of the Democrats remained seated and did not join in the applause including Debbie Wasserman Schultz and new Assistant DNC head Keith Ellison:
A great many Americans saw this display of heartlessness and frankly, anti-American sentiment. And the story is already spreading about how Democrats have viciously attacked Carryn Owens in social media in the most disgusting terms for being ‘a pawn of Trump.’
(read more on what this speech accomplished)