You could hardly call tonight’s State of the Union speech “dark.” It was optimistic, straightforward, at times dripping with benignity, at times strong in moral rectitude, at times petty and self-serving. It was Trump’s best look, and his heart for America, only slightly tinged with his paranoia and self-promotion.
The best parts were the president’s strongest public statement against late-term abortion, for which the white-clad women who had just chanted “USA! USA!” in a joyful girl-power moment, sat silently. Shame on them, and I’ve never been more proud of President Donald J. Trump. Abortion is the scourge of our time, like slavery was the scourge of the 19th century.
The other best parts were Trump’s genuine gratitude toward World War II veterans, the Greatest Generation, and persecuted Jews. A strong America, a strong Israel, are the greatest forces for good in the world. A strong America is not a socialist America. “We are born free and we will stay free.” Great line.
The worst parts were Trump’s references to “ridiculous investigations.” He earned those investigations, brought them with his own words, actions, and hubris. The other worst part was Trump’s claim that if he were no elected, America would be in a major war with North Korea. Balderdash, pure and simple. Neither of these things needed to be said.
The anti-Trump media will focus on these miscues because against the other things Trump said, there are no good arguments. Silver lining: At least Trump went an entire 90 minutes without slamming the press.
I know this because as I type this, Stacey Abrams is giving her Democratic response. She sounds about as exciting as listening to instructions on filling out insurance forms. She’s doing the best she can, and she can’t summon any spark of excitement. Even the hand-picked audience behind her is swaying with boredom and stifling yawns.
Trump gave the best speech of his presidency tonight. He is a bi-polar president for our bi-polar country. I only wish he would follow up such mountaintop speeches with actions and behavior to match. But tomorrow he will be back to Twitter, and to butchering the very things he called for tonight.