Trump just turned his very first — and hopefully last — State of the Union address to Congress into what ended up being primarily one long racist, anti-immigrant rant. But as Republicans have learned to do since they began their decades-old practice of “framing the debate” with preloaded phrases and imagery designed to cast positives as negatives and vice versa, Trump spent quite a bit of time giving lip service to the “unity” he hoped to see among members of Congress and the American public.
Yes, unity would be excellent. Unfortunately, when you use the phrase “chain migration” to describe the legal, humanitarian practice of family reunification — as it is called in Constitutional law — you do nothing to advance the idea that you want to do anything but further divide: By party, by race, and by family.
One high-profile member of Congress was having none of it:
That was the face that the first female Speaker of the House made in response to Trump’s disgusting rhetoric:
In the aftermath of that terrible shooting, we came together, not as Republicans or Democrats but as representatives of the people but it is not enough to come together only in times of tragedy. Tonight, I call upon all of us to set aside our differences, to common ground and summon the unity we need to deliver for the people. This is really the key. These are the people we were elected to serve.”
What’s going on behind those eyes? Certainly a little thought is being given to the fact that we don’t even come together in times of tragedy — Republicans simply have a different reaction to events than normal people do.
With Trump’s ongoing rambling about the dangerous gangs and drugs and horrible security — all of which have gotten better over the last decade — he might make a little more headway in creating “unity” for his policies if he wasn’t constantly tweeting about how “Democrats WANT drugs and gangs” to come into America, as he did with Democratic candidate for Virginia governor Ralph Northam:
Ralph Northam,who is running for Governor of Virginia,is fighting for the violent MS-13 killer gangs & sanctuary cities. Vote Ed Gillespie!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2017
I think you can recall how that racist lie turned out for Trump and for Ed Gillespie.
We are ALL Nancy Pelosi right now, staring daggers at this racist, xenophobic, disgusting president.
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