President Trump gave his first speech to a united Congress last night, and by most accounts, it was a successful, heartfelt, unifying speech.
Trump began with a claim on the role of political peacemaker, saying he wanted to bring Americans who voted for him together with those who didn’t. That followed a stunning condemnation of anti-Semitism and other hatred.
Trump declared that the close of Black History Month led him to remember ‘our nation’s path toward civil rights and the work that still remains.’
‘Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week’s shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a Nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms.’
Naturally, the Democrats acted like petulant children during the speech, with some leftists laughing and hissing during the president’s speech. Apparently Joe Wilson-esque outbursts are welcome during a Republican address.
Trump made appeal after appeal for bipartisan cooperation, but Democrats were anything but unanimously receptive. Some of them laughed out loud when the president bragged that he has ‘begun to drain the swamp of government corruption.’
Others gasped in audible disbelief when he announced the formation of a government department to assist victims of illegal-immigrant criminals. Then came the hissing when he announced that ‘the time for trivial fights is behind us.’
I have my issues with the POTUS, but like Bush 43, I believe Donald Trump is a very decent man.