President Donald J. Trump
Donald Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress was full of extraordinary images. In one hour, America saw Mr. Trump become, unquestionably, the President of the United States. America also saw the near-complete self-destruction of the Democrat Party, and it couldn’t happen to nicer people.
Melania Trump’s entrance was riveting. Tall, beautiful, poised, graceful, she drew considerable applause. Of course, Democrats sat on their hands, as they did most of the night, looking like the rude, uncivilized political hacks so many of them are. In one close shot after Mr. Trump entered the chamber, the look of pride and love on Mrs. Trump’s face was unmistakable and comforting. The Trumps are fabulously wealthy, but they, unlike so many other politicians, understand and genuinely care about their fellow Americans not so prosperous. They get it.
Mr. Trump began his speech decrying recent anti-black, anti-semitic incidents—which, by the way, I suspect have been done by Democrat thugs, but of course, have been blamed on Mr. Trump. What a coincidence. The contrast between Mr. Trump’s stirring condemnation of evil in all its forms, and the idiotic Democrat women wearing white–protesting something or other—was stark. In that moment, Mr. Trump utterly trivialized Hillary Clinton and every other Democrat tool complaining that he had not condemned the incidents they created.
I’ve often observed Barack Obama is not nearly the speaker his acolytes claim him to be. Mr. Trump’s speaking style, to date, has not been exemplary either, however, he routinely provides more substance than Mr. Obama’s empty, but “soaring” rhetoric ever did. In this speech, Mr. Trump stayed on message, and established an entirely new category. He set the standard for the future. Mr. Trump is not, in technical terms, a smooth and fluid orator, but his passion, gravitas and sincerity were unmistakable and important. He now has a very high standard to maintain.
This was, without question, one of the great presidential speeches. Is it the Gettysburg Address, the Second Inaugural? Of course not, but it was precisely the right speech, delivered in the right way, at the right time. Chris Wallace of Fox, one of the most professional journalists extant, noted:
I feel like tonight, Donald Trump became the President of the United States.
And Democrats were absolutely shell shocked. Their “resistance” narrative imploded before their eyes and they had no idea what to do, so they reverted to type, hissing, booing, refusing to stand or applaud, unsmiling, grim-faced, and sour.
Mr. Trump played the Democrats expertly, stealing their issues, and even then, many refused to respond. He provided a list of his administration’s accomplishments, promises to the American people kept. In only a month, he has accomplished more than many presidents do in a four-year term.
This should not be a surprise. Americans are used to Barack Obama, a man who barely worked—which was actually a blessing—and are still laboring to understand Donald Trump. As I’ve written, he is a man used to working, and working hard and long. He expects the same of those that work for him. His blistering pace of accomplishment is only a foretaste of the future. This is a man used to identifying problems and fixing them, on time and under budget. A telling example is the Wollman skating rink in Central Park.
Broken down and no longer producing ice, the city started a renovation in 1980. It was supposed to take two years, but utterly failed. After six years, it was still broken and NYC wasted $13 million dollars, a huge amount in those days. In 1986, Trump, then 39, offered to finish the rink in six months for no more than $3 million, and for no profit. Then mayor, Democrat Ed Koch tried to avoid Trump’s offer, but was eventually shamed into taking it. Trump finished in four months and 25% under budget. The difference? Competence and management skill. The rink works even today, more than 30 years later.
This is the man now our president. He said every problem can be solved, and he’s demonstrated the will and competence to do it.
He also spoke to the world, saying we’re witnessing a renewal of the American spirit, and “our allies will find we are once again ready to lead.” He didn’t mention Barack Obama, but the contrast was clear.
Democrats are good at demanding cooperation and compromise. They are, however, terrible at actually doing it. “Compromise” to them, means “do it our way.” Mr. Trump, many times, extended the hand of cooperation to them, and they had no idea how to respond. He offered to compromise on comprehensive immigration reform, and most Democrats continued to sit on their hands and scowl.
Mr. Trump spoke of properly helping our veterans, and Democrats scowled. He promised to rebuild our military, our infrastructure, stop illegal drug crime, rebuild our inner cities and help the poor inhabitants therein—something Democrats have had decades to do and utterly failed to do—produce millions of jobs, cut destructive regulations, save coal miner’s jobs, and more, and Democrats acted as though he were talking about kicking puppies and tripping old ladies trying to cross the street. Evidently, Democrats are against all these things, and Mr. Trump’s gently exploiting their predictable response was politically brilliant.
Unlike Barack Obama, Mr. Trump rarely said “I.” He also refrained from taunting Democrats, and actually provided substantive, rational principles for his policies, the foremost of which was putting Americans and America first. This too did not set well with Democrats in the chamber.
What else did Democrats foolishly appear to oppose? Immigration law enforcement and border security, actually protecting the American people. Mr. Trump proclaimed failure to protect America by refusing to properly vet immigrant from terror-linked nations not compassionate, but reckless:
To any in Congress who do not believe we should enforce our laws, I would ask you this question: What would you say to the American family that loses their jobs, their income, or a loved one, because America refused to uphold its laws and defend its borders.
Mr. Trump vowed to destroy ISIS, and to support, rather than hinder, law enforcement. He vowed to “appoint a Supreme Court Judge who will defend our Constitution.” Democrats really disliked that idea.
He made a point of saying “radical Islamic terrorism” with force and clarity. Democrats, of course, hated that.
Democrats reserved special hatred and disdain for his promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. He brilliantly explained Obamacare is imploding, and replacing it is not a choice, but a necessity. He explained, as all too often Republicans do not, Mr. Obama’s promises were lies, and his intent to make health care cheaper, better and more widely available, to give the power back to the states and the people and to never again force Americans to buy what the government thinks they need.
When Mr. Trump introduced men and women whose family members were killed by illegal immigrants, Democrats, almost to a man and woman, actually groaned. Apparently Democrats suppport murderous illegal immigrants. This brilliant tactic, and the way Mr. Trump spoke of them, rendered the Democrat’s stunt of bringing illegal immigrants to the speech as foolhardy as it was un-American and destructive to the rule of law.
The most extraordinary moment of the speech was Mr. Trump’s honoring of Navy SEAL Ryan Owen, recently killed on a raid in Yemen. Democrats and the media have claimed that raid was a failure, but Mr. Trump explained that General Mattis said the raid yielded considerable actionable intelligence what would be well used in the future. In the gallery, seated next to Ivanka Trump, was Carryn Owen, the wife of Ryan Owen. The cameras could not pull away from her, though I’m sure those of the legacy media would have wanted to. She cried and raised her face to the heavens, plainly speaking to her husband, and perhaps, God. She received a nearly three minute standing ovation, a record, which Mr. Trump humorously, and appropriately, noted. Still, many Democrats sat, scowling and silent, refusing to honor a great warrior, and dishonoring Carryn Owen, whose honest emotion has now entered indelibly into history, just as Mr. Trump said Ryan’s sacrifice was “etched into eternity,” a brilliant and pitch perfect line. I thought I could not possibly hold Democrats in greater contempt. In this, they lived down to my expectations and reached new lows.
As he had throughout the speech, Mr. Trump ended by appealing to all Americans to work together for the good of the American people and the country. All too many Democrats don’t know how.
The official Democrat response to Mr. Trump’s speech was given by former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, who was sitting in a diner in Kentucky with several prop Kentuckians in the background. Casually dressed, he struck a folksy tone throughout and claimed to be all about cooperation, Democrats and Republicans working together. His entire message was Trump is betraying the folks, and Democrats will save Obamacare. Democrats are the friend of the folks, and are trying to bring goodness and truth back to Washington DC. His comments were mercifully brief.
Media response to the speech was horrified. Most could not help but admit Trump’s speech was exceptional and effective, but that didn’t stop them from attacking him, as in this from The Hill:
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) criticized President Trump’s decision to invite families of people killed by undocumented immigrants to Tuesday night’s address to a joint session of Congress.
‘The murder of anyone is a tragedy, and our hearts go out to all families who lose a loved one to violence,’ Sanders wrote in a post on Facebook two hours before Trump was set to speak.
‘But let’s be clear about what Donald Trump is doing tonight in inviting family members who saw a loved one murdered by an undocumented immigrant.
A shame Sanders and his fellow Democrats didn’t display their sadness at the loss of lives at the hands of illegals during the speech.
And consider this from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer from Hot Air:
You didn’t find a lot of reasons to stand and cheer, but give me one thing the president said in that speech last night, Senator, where you found yourself saying ‘Yes! I can join him and get behind him on that issue [asked the Today Show’s Matt Lauer].’
Schumer shook his head as the question was being asked. He replied, ‘Well, Matt, here’s the problem. He’s given a whole lot of speeches and we’ve seen that the speeches and the reality don’t match.’ He continued, ‘I’ll say yes when he comes up with something that really helps working people and says I want to work with Democrats…’
‘So in an hour, you didn’t hear one thing that you can stand behind this morning?’ Lauer interjected.
‘I was touched by the mention of the widow of the brave soldier who died in Yemen and things like that, but no,’ Schumer replied.
So that’s the final word from the minority leader. In a speech that included a call to continue work on civil rights, to expand paid leave for working mothers, even to make a deal on immigration, Schumer heard nothing he is willing to help with.
This despite Mr. Trump’s multiple sincere offers to work with Democrats. Democrats and their media arm are in trouble. The narrative has been all but destroyed, and their attempts to refuse to “normalize” Mr. Trump are in ruins. All they have left is “who you gonna believe? Us or your own lyin’ eyes?”
The answer, for the first time in this new administration, is obvious.