State of the Union: Trump Plays Nice for a Night, Fools No One
President Donald Trump challenged Americans once again on Tuesday night to view him in a more flattering light, to assume that the partisanship and vitriol that defined his political ascension was a thing of the past and that an era of unity was in store of the future.
But beneath those softened edges in his State of the Union speech was a rigid and harsh political reality. There is no new Donald Trump. There is no era of comity around the corner. And the battles that have defined his administration over the past two years aren’t likely to be solved in the next two, despite a night of oratory dedicated to suggesting otherwise.
“[W]e must reject the politics of revenge, resistance and retribution — and embrace the boundless potential of cooperation, compromise and the common good,” he declared. “Together, we can break decades of political stalemate. We can bridge old divisions, heal old wounds, build new coalitions, forge new solutions, and unlock the extraordinary promise of America’s future. The decision is ours to make.”
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