5 Things You May Have Missed From Trump’s Big Joint Session Speech

The female Democratic Congressional delegation showed their true feelings for the new administration by wearing “suffragette white,” and according to Fox News a number of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle stayed home. So how did President Donald Trump’s first major public address to Congress go? Here’s five big take-aways for those of you who may have missed the Joint Session speech.

1) He led with condemning racism. But only quickly.

In an attempt to address criticism about his lack of public condemnation of the uptick in racism, the president directly addressed the surge in violence and harassment fueled by bigotry.

“Citizens of America, tonight, as we mark the celebration of Black History Month, we are reminded of our nation’s path toward civil rights and the work that still remains to be done. Recent threats targeting Jewish community centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries as well as last week’s shooting in Kansas City remind us that while we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all of its very ugly forms.”

Of course, after those two sentences, the President then spent the rest of his speech railing against immigrants, Muslims and “dangerous inner cities.”

2) His messiah complex is still intact.

The president is still continuing his belief that he is the chosen one, tapped by a populous swell to lead and change the country.

“In 2016, the earth shifted. The rebellion started as a quiet protest, spoken by families of all colors and creeds — families who just wanted a fair shot for their children and a fair hearing for their concerns. But then the quiet voices became a loud chorus, as thousands of citizens now spoke out together from cities small and large all across our country. Finally, the chorus became an earthquake, and the people turned out, by the tens of millions, and they were all united by one very simple but crucial demand: that America must put its own citizens first.”

He conveniently forgets that three million more people voted for Hillary Clinton.

3) Laughter at drain the swamp, boos at VOICES.

Considering the divisiveness of the president’s speech, it was amazing how little heckling occurred (there was certainly no “You lie” moment here, though there could have been). Still, some couldn’t help but laugh loudly when President Trump said he had already begun to “drain the swamp.” They made their disapproval far more obvious when the president announced the formation of VOICE -  “Victims Of Immigrant Crime Engagement” – a new department of Homeland Security that will “publish a weekly list of crimes committed by immigrants,” according to The Hill.

4) The political use of the death of a Navy Seal.

The administration brought the widow of William “Ryan” Owens, the Navy SEAL who died during the Yemen raid in President Trump’s first week in office. The president praised Ryan through his wife, saying “Ryan died as he lived:  a warrior, and a hero –- battling against terrorism and securing our Nation.”

The applause was long and loud, and the moment emotionally charged. But then the president oddly broke the ovation, stating that he was sure that Ryan was “in Heaven, happy he broke a record” for length of clapping. It was a tone-deaf moment that solidified his use of Ryan’s widow as a political prop, one even more apparent considering the rest of Ryan’s family has refused to meet the president and is demanding an investigation into the botched raid.

 5) So, so, so many lies.

While the President gave what was likely his most well-written speech to date, it was unsurprisingly full of dog whistles of racism, xenophobia and classism all wrapped in some pretty metaphors and poetic tropes. It also was chocked full of lies, and ABC News nearly broke itself trying to fact check them all. He lied about the results of an immigration report, claiming that limiting immigration would raise wages. He lied about the number of Americans out of work. He lied about spending, the military, the number of murders in Chicago, how many people committing “terroristic acts” are from outside the U.S., about Obamacare premiums, and about the U.S. border.

Pretty much the only thing he did say that was truthful is that it is a frightening time in America. I know I grow more frightened every day that he is president.

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Elaine W
Elaine W2 months ago

Noted and not surprised.

Marie W
Marie W9 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

ERIKA Sabout a year ago


Chad A
Chad Andersonabout a year ago

It is a bad idea to have the government run by a narcissist.

william Miller
william Millerabout a year ago


Rhoberta E
Rhoberta Eabout a year ago

One thing trump said was "we are going to do more with less"
Before or after his 3.000.000 plus trip to Florida for yet another free vacation for his ADULT daughter, her hubby and all the kids. Wake up you trump supporters !!!
BTW, Camp David sits at the ready to the tune of $8,000,000 a year but trump said it was too rustic for him.
YOUR tax dollars are keeping the trump family in a very lavish lifestyle but he wants YOU to tighten your belts !!!

Brian F
Brian Fabout a year ago

nancy b Do you have any new comments to add? My post are repetitive because we need true progressives to run this country like Bernie Sanders or Jill Stein. This fraud Trump wouldn't have been elected if Hillary and the corrupt DNC didn't cheat Bernie Sanders out of his campaign. We need to investigate the corrupt DNC, and try to change the rule that gives 400 super delegates to the establishment candidate making it impossible for a challenger to beat them, and Debbie Wasserman Shultz who lied about the Nevada convention, and Donna Brazille who passed debate questions to Hillary. We can't just attack this fraud Trump, and sweep under the rug all the dishonest things Hillary and corrupt DNC also did to Bernie Sanders.

Rhoberta E
Rhoberta Eabout a year ago

No, dan
This would probably have died down after the election IF trump and his group of "crooks" had been open and honest in the first place. EVERYTHING they accused Ms. Clinton of doing THEY are now finding out about the trump group..
With trump it is worse. Pence... private server as governor and hacked... Almost all those close to trump have met with the Russian ambassador even the son-in law.
Now they are hiding the "new" ACA even from their own members. They are in such disarray it is almost a joke.
Now another 3 million dollars so trump can go the "southern WH" He'll have a couple of campaign meetings but it will be interesting to see what else he does. More dollars for the trumps.

Winn Adams
Winn Aabout a year ago

He exploited the widow of the service man killed.

Winn Adams
Winn Aabout a year ago

ACTIONS speak louder than words.