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Trump's speech shows the sorry State of the Union

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Best to do it in tweets instead.

Best to do it in meetings at the White House.

Best to avoid talking about "s---hole countries" -- sorry, his word not mine -- on national television.

Leave it for the next day, or the day before.

If you think anything has changed because of a pretty speech written by a speechwriter somewhere in the executive office building then you are going to be sorely disappointed. Interviews the morning after the speech with leaders on both sides confirm the reality: Nothing has changed.

There is only one reason President Trump sounded anything approaching a conciliatory tone in his first State of the Union: Because his approval rating is in the toilet and his party stands an excellent chance of losing control of the House, which could easily lead to the impeachment of a president who seems bent on obstructing justice in every way he can.

Trump has no one but himself to blame for his problems. The speechwriters may craft his addresses before Congress, but he writes and shares the ugly tweets and retweets that reveal the dark side of his character.

 

Even his wife didn't want to ride in the same car with him to the State of the Union. Seems she's figured out what the rest of us already knew: that he is not a man of his word; that he cannot be trusted; that he thinks the rules that apply to everyone else just don't apply to him.

These are terrifying characteristics for a man who is the president of the United States. He has embarrassed us in the eyes of the world. Maybe in reality TV, one good performance can erase all the bad ones.

Not in real life. The real state of the union is divided and troubled, polarized and afraid. And nothing Donald Trump said on Tuesday night even begins to change that.

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