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Trump's Threats in State of the Union Address Should Concern All Americans

see USA Today for more infoAs predicted below the State of the Union address offered little other than more evidence of the dangers Donald Trump represents.  The address began with Trump showboating, wonky tie & all,  as he cutoff Nancy Pelosi's introduction of the President, which is customary for the Speaker of the House to do.  Big & small things prove how this character is unfit to hold the highest elected office on planet Earth.

If you missed the address the NY Times has a transcript of the lengthy speech and it's annotated by Washington journalists to provide a little a bit of direction for those seeking to fact-check the President.  Example: Trump says in his speech: "We have created 5.3 million new jobs" - Bureau of Labor data shows 4.9 million jobs have been created during the Donald's term.  Example #2: "5 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps" - false.  the number is 3.5 million.  #3: "Now is the time for bipartisan action," says Trump, who went on for nearly 15 minutes trashing Democrats previous response to the wall that he originally said Mexico was going to pay for...and, offered no compromises on the right. The examples reflect small mistakes, but even when he's corrected he keeps misstating the facts, almost as if it's on purpose.  So I keep thinking: why exaggerate the truth?  Trump does it all the time...see "lies" below.

Little was mentioned about Americans paying for the tariffs Trump has imposed...Ford Motor Co. said last week the steel tariffs cut into their profits by $750 million and that was just for a partial year...they also said the tariff on steel reduced bonuses by $750 for each of their hourly employees.  Not nice.  Today the Wall Street Journal reports on the impact this administration is having on small farms throughout America: "Farm Belt Bankruptcies Are Soaring" - adding: "trade disputes over agriculture add pain to low commodity prices that have been grinding down American farmers for years."  Soybean farmers in particular have been hammered by Trump's tariffs. Another self-inflicted wound.

Most thinking and caring people cringed when Trump threatened: "If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation."  So much for the call for unity.  Shallow, hollow, meaningless words that his pathetic base eats up like red-meat.  These "ridiculous partisan investigations" as Trump refers to it have indicted or gotten guilty pleas from 34 people and three companies so far, with the latest being longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone.  That's ridiculous?   Thanks to Justice Department Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team, as well as several DOJ districts (NY & DC in particular) the truth is slowly emerging that proves the Trump campaign and his early administration have lied repeatedly.  So it's noteworthy now with Democrats in control of the House - the WH is particularly sensitive to continued investigations by Congress as part of their oversight responsibility and have hired dozens of attorneys to fight and resist the pending House investigations.  Yep...that's how we spell unity these days.

One hour, 22 minutes, 25 seconds ... the third longest address in history.  The end could not come soon enough for many of us especially at the conclusion where his speech writers went over the top as Trump tried to reach his audience "from the rocky shores of Maine and the volcanic peaks of Hawaii." Cue the noble sounding music.  It's largely BS...last year the President called for the nation to “set aside our differences, to seek out common ground, and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people we were elected to serve” ... how did that work out in 2018?  The vast majority of Americans would agree: not well.

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