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State Of The Union Will Offer Little "New" Information

Only time will tell if my hunch is accurate, but I doubt we'll hear anything substantially new in the State Of The Union address this evening.  I say that because it seems in public comments the President has made recently, that he's been testing portions of his speech for weeks now.  The Donald was in rare form Sunday (2/3/19) on CBS's Face The Nation.  If you caught only a portion of the interview, or saw news reports about portions of Trump's crazy comments, you really owe it to yourself to read the transcript.  In typical Trump fashion his comments are disjointed as he speaks in partial sentences and often misstating facts & reality ... throughout the entire 20+ minute interview.  Read it.  You can also watch it though I admit, it's painful to view.  There may be a dinky handful of his supporters who loved it...there are good reasons why fewer than 32% of Americans support the guy. 

It drives me crazy when I hear radical right-wing extremists telling me what Democrats, progressives, or liberal folks think on any given issue ... and they know it drives us crazy, Rush Limbaugh often uses the technique and justifies his goal is to "annoy the left".  The Donald uses the same playbook - restating semi-accurately a portion of any given topic but then adding assumptions that are not true.  Example, in describing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's positions on the recent government shutdown, the President says: "She knows that we need border security ... she wants open borders.  She doesn't mind human trafficking ..."  Oh really?  Pelosi favors open borders and supports human-trafficking?  CBS's Margaret Brennan reminded Trump that Pelosi has offered over a billion dollars for border security in the recent negotiations, and Trump cuts her off: "Excuse me? .... she's costing the country hundreds of billions of dollars because what's happening is when you have a porous border, and when you have drugs pouring in, and when you have people dying all over the country because of people like Nancy Pelosi who don't want to give proper border security..."  No, the poor grammar and incomplete sentences are not my doing - its pure Donald.  "I'm like really smart," he says.  And no, if you  read the transcript  as I suggested you'd stop saying things like: "he's really smart."  He's not.  What he is ... is dangerous and Congress needs to take action that limits the amount of destruction he's able to do to our country.  (See Impeachment movement above.) 

"If you look at Afghanistan we're going in very soon we'll be going into our 19th year spending 50 billion dollars a year," Mr. Trump says.  A few sentences later the figure goes up to $51 billion.  Neither number is accurate ... though I do agree with the notion that the US does spend too much money on the conflicts in Afghanistan and we've sacrificed far too many lives on this battle ... the actual number is $45 billion [source].

He doesn't value his intelligence teams - FBI, CIA, NSA...or the Defense Intelligence Agency, or the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. "I will say this: my intelligence people, if they said in fact that Iran is a wonderful kindergarten, I disagree with them 100 percent," says Trump.  The trouble with that simplistic response is his intelligence team never said that.  Trump said they were misquoted ... but Mr. President, we have video of what your intelligence team said at their Congressional testimony ... it is not fake news ... though we realize your base will not bother to check it out.

Some of the other things I expect Trump will repeat tonight:
* "The economy has never been stronger ... and ...we've created more jobs than any administration in history."  Nope.  Untrue.  The nation's economic recovery began in 2009 & 2010 as previously discussed on this website.
*  "No President has been tougher on Russia than Donald J. Trump."  Again, false.  The Trump administration has just relaxed sanctions on Russia that is netting his pals like Oleg Deripaska hundreds of millions of dollars ... a majority in Congress voted to block the move but fell short by 3 votes.

The list could go on, and on ... but you get my drift.  There is very little that Trump says that is accurate, and when you watch his address tonight I hope your critical ear is ready to push back and not accept his bluster.

home ~ originally posted 02.05.19