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Thomas Gallatin / January 31, 2018

SOTU: WE Make America Great Again

Trump highlighted first-year accomplishments while broadly appealing to all Americans to move forward together.

“Over the last year, we have made incredible progress and achieved extraordinary success,” President Donald Trump stated early in his State of the Union address last night. “We have faced challenges we expected, and others we never have imagined. We have shared in the heights of victory and the pains of hardship. We endured floods and fires and storms. But through it all, we have seen the beauty of America’s soul, and the steel in America’s spine.” The president maintained this unified theme throughout his speech, which was more impressive than his speech last year to Congress. He used the pronouns “we” 129 times and “our” 104 times, while referencing “I” only 29 times — that’s essentially the opposite of what Barack Obama practiced — and the unifying optimism was palpable.

Trump’s speech was also well received by the American public, with a CBS News poll showing an approval rating of 75% among viewers. However, congressional Democrats were clearly having none of it. While historically Republicans don’t stand and applaud statist policies and Democrats don’t stand and applaud free enterprise and individual liberty policies, generally both will stand and applaud clearly bipartisan issues such as good employment numbers and a growing economy. But it appears that Trump Derangement Syndrome has so infected congressional Democrats that it precludes them from even acknowledging objectively good news. They simply sat on their hands and pouted like little children who didn’t get their own way.

Our Mark Alexander will have more analysis on Trump’s speech later, but a quick observation to note here. The contrast between Democrats and their extreme anti-Trump crusade versus Trump’s sensible, inclusive, positive and pro-America agenda is striking. One wonders if the non-stop rabid partisanship among Democrats and their Leftmedia sycophants — the relentless #Resist campaign against peace and prosperity — is wearing thin on average Americans, especially since Trump’s and Republicans’ accomplishments are proving to benefit the vast majority of the American working class. Trump’s America First realism versus the Democrats’ hard-leftist and globalist ideology may only drive working class Democrat voters toward Trump. Democrats, by being so blindly committed to resisting Trump, are unwittingly alienating what used to be their base. As Ronald Reagan did in the 1980s, Trump is successfully appealing to working-class Democrat voters whose party has left them behind to join him in making America great again. Last night’s speech was just another example of why so many Americans voted for Trump.

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