Listen: President Trump, Congress, United States discussed on LRC Presents: All the President's Lawyers
"Save lives. And this toddling continues throughout the speech two weeks ago. The United States officially recognized the legitimate government event as well. At one point. He's talking about the global coalition to force out a tyrant and autocrat in Venezuela. And yet in his next breath here in the United States. We are alarmed by the new calls to adopt socialism in our country. He's likening this new class of Democrats in congress to socialist America was founded on liberty and independence and saying America will never be a socialist country. We are born three. But it sounds like you think that the conciliatory language is just the obligatory language of the state of the union, and it's the harder edged stuff that we should be listening to and thinking about in relation to past state of the unions that you outlined before I do I think that if you look at the things the president talks about that are more conciliatory they tend to be on the level of symbolism in recent years, we have made remarkable progress in the fight against HIV and aids. A campaign to fight aids with no dollar sign attached to it a campaign to fight cancer and children with no specifics attached to it while the areas where he's hard edged are really the ones that matter to the future direction of governance of his relationship with congress. Whether he resolves this issue over funding the wall and more broadly, whether he and the Democrats ever come to terms on immigration is really a core issue of how the rest of the Trump presidency will play out that much more than these conciliatory stories. These nice images are really what matter in this speech. And I think the speech writers were very careful to lard this speech with this kind of uplifting material in two thousand nineteen. We also celebrate fifty years since brave young pilots, flew a quarter of a million miles. Through space to plant. The American flag on the face of the moon to make it more attractive to a broad audience. While also speaking to the president's political base, but make no mistake, this speech was targeted the political base. It was meant to mollify that base. And I think it's important that we not lose sight of that reality. So where does this speech fit into the history of state of the unions that have come after the dawn of divided government? Well, I think what's most significant is that there is really no acknowledgement in this speech of the changed circumstances. There's no acknowledgement here that President Trump faces a new political reality he has to do business with the Democrats if he wants to get any significant legislation passed this is the speech given by a president who is behaving very much like he did the week. He was inaugurated when he had a unified congress under his control. Role does that make this then and Obama lake state of the union? I think the difference with President Obama is that while he did not suggest that the defeat in the midterms was really gonna change the approach governing. He did. At least acknowledge the fact that he had suffered an electoral setback in the midterms in Mr. Trump's case, he didn't acknowledge the defeat he suffered in the midterm elections, except in a highly indirect way, and it was actually one of the most remarkable moments of the evening. No one has benefited more from our thriving economy. Then women President Trump was talking about the increasing numbers of women in the workplace, including in congress and spontaneously this group of young female."