Joint Address

Give Trump His Props


After No. 45’s speech to Congress last night many people are saying it’s the best speech he’s ever given. That’s an extremely low bar.

Why did he give the speech in the first place? He didn’t initiate any new major policies or reveal any specific details to any of his current schemes, er, plans. Was he trying to boost his poll ratings, unite the nation, or was he feeling he wasn’t getting enough press coverage?

It’s his tone that’s being discussed. He didn’t waver from the teleprompter. He was seen practicing his speech in the car on the way to Capitol Hill. He sounded more presidential. He opened by attacking anti-semitism. He’s being commended for that while being questioned if this is the real Donald Trump. The real Donald Trump expressed doubts days before that anti-semitism wasn’t being perpetrated by his critics and enemies just to make him look bad.

He talked about a shooting of three men, two from India, in Kansas City, something he condemned six days later. The real Donald Trump condemns Saturday Night Live and Broadway plays immediately. Racism, anti-semitism, hatred, that takes a few days after much consultation.

Will Trump’s more diplomatic approach change his presidency? Will he be successful? Can he rebound after a horrible start like Bill Clinton did after his disastrous first year? No. Bill Clinton was an intelligent person. Donald Trump doesn’t know what he’s doing.

The most disgusting part of the speech was when he used Carryn Owens, the widow of Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens, who died in a Jan. 29 raid in Yemen.

Trump and his goons have claimed the mission, which lost Owens, a $70 million aircraft, 14-25 civilians (depending on who you ask), including a child who was an American citizen, as a massive success. They’ve said anyone who questions that is betraying our troops.

Trump continued to claim the mission is a success while passing the buck and blaming the military and President Obama, who refused to approve the raid. Trump didn’t approve it in the situation room. He approved it over dinner with his son in law. Owens’ father has refused to meet with Trump. Congressional Republicans, who loved to investigate Benghazi, haven’t expressed any interest into looking into this one. Go figure.

It was emotional for the nation to see Owens’ widow receive a huge round of applause in the chamber of the Capitol Building. It was also emotional to see a president, who fails at taking responsibility, use her as a prop.

It was emotional in the same way disgusting is an emotion.

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