I have made the point countless times that Trump is not a good speaker and even on teleprompter his speechwriters are not much chop either. However more than his words (which were way above expectations), the actions of the disgruntled Democrats who sat through his speech were telling. If there is anything more American than apple pie it is the respect for fallen patriotic heroes. To put one’s hatred of Trump above that of someone that sacrificed so much just guaranteed that the Democrats won’t have a chance in 2020. The length and pride shown in the standing ovation for Mrs Carryn Owens, widow of the fallen Navy SEAL William Ryan Owens, led even left-wing journalists like Van Jones to say “He became the President of the United States in that moment. Period… That was one of the most extraordinary moments you have ever seen in American politics period…for people who were hoping he would remain a divisive cartoon which he often finds a way to do they should become a bit worried tonight. Because that thing you just saw him do…if he finds a way to do that over and over again he will be there for 8 years!”
Of course he invited a mixture of people to make his point about not being divisive. He wasn’t. What he did was bring a level of pride his predecessor failed to do. Whether those who think Trump lacked authenticity or not, take a look at those people who were spoken of and their expressions which would have resonated deeply with the millions watching the speech to Congress tonight. Those expressions could not be faked. I reckon his poll numbers will surge next week.
What Trump did was talk of American exceptionalism. Whether you believe what he said or question his ability to achieve there is no doubt it was a speech that was way above most people’s expectations. Once again the Democrats jeered with thumbs down putting their identity agenda on full display and showed why they continue to miss the mood of the people. Indeed those dressed in white showed their divisiveness in vivid colour.
Perhaps they might want to look to a Rasmussen Reports poll which said:
“Most voters agree that it’s bad for America and bad for the Democratic Party if Democrats continue to flat out oppose everything President Trump does. Even Democrats are conflicted about their party’s scorched earth policy…The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that only 29% of all Likely U.S. Voters think it’s better for the country if Democrats oppose the president in every way possible. Sixty-three percent (63%) say it’s better for the country if Democrats try to work with the president instead…Forty-four percent (44%) of Democrats feel it’s better for both the country and their party if they oppose the new president as much as possible. But 46% say it’s better for America if Democrats try to work with Trump, and 45% say it’s better for their party, too.”
So perhaps those seated in recalcitrance should look at the polls and realise their own party faithful want them to work with Trump as opposed to objecting to everything. That means they are waking up to the fact that there are far bigger issues than expressing outrage at KellyAnne Conway’s feet on the sofa or ketchup on the President’s steak. People are fed up with irrelevance. What he did was show why people want their country back and why Making America Great Again was no mere catch-phrase.