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Trump's speech shows the sorry State of the Union

Susan Estrich on

"Tonight," Donald Trump said, "I call upon all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people."

Who is he kidding?

How dumb does he think we are?

Is this the same man who can't stop tweeting about how Hillary Clinton should be investigated and locked up? Is this the same man who embraces white supremacists? Is this the same man who refused to condemn anti-Semitism on Holocaust Memorial Day? Is this the same man who would destroy the First Amendment and freedom of the press? Is this the same man who walked away from a bipartisan deal on immigration because of his beloved but totally impractical wall, and who would deport those who were brought to this country as children?

That is the real Donald Trump. He writes those tweets. That's who he is.

This is a speech that he just read. Written by those who know better. Delivered -- and to be forgotten moments later.

How dare he?

Trump's inaugural address -- caustic, angry and divisive -- might have been one of the worst in history, by any standard, but at least it was honest.

Donald Trump has never tried to unite this country. He has never reached out in a conciliatory fashion to those with whom he disagrees. He castigates them, calls them criminals, belittles them. That's Donald Trump.

The man on the podium in Congress was an actor playing a part, a reality show star who realized that being booed for being hateful and divisive during the State of the Union address just wouldn't look good on television.

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