The 6 Weirdest Moments from the State of the Union

The State of the Union may be one of the few times a year we see President Donald Trump primarily stick to a script, but that doesn’t mean his speech was without some strange moments. In case you decided to skip the speech – or just fell asleep during it like this kid – here’s what you missed:

 

1. IF YOU LOVE AMERICA, DON’T INVESTIGATE ME, PLEASE

Immediately after celebrating economic prosperity, Trump inserted his own record scratch to whine once again about how people are unfair to him and, you know, the country.

“An economic miracle is taking place in the United States, and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics or ridiculous partisan investigations.”

Because the man loves a rhyme, he then delivered the line that will surely be the most quoted and dissected of the entire speech: “If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation!”

Gee, someone really doesn’t like having Robert Mueller sniffing around in his campaign affairs. Nevertheless, if even if a fraction of the allegations against the president prove to be true, America is most definitely better off having an investigation.

 

2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SONG.

After Trump introduced Judah Samet, a recent survivor of the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in American history, he mentioned that it was Samet’s 81st birthday, which set off an impromptu singing of “Happy Birthday” within the chamber. As far as I can determine, that’s a first for the State of the Union.

Though the song was sweet and well intended, the crowd had some difficulty syncing up on a tune that’s just one line that basically repeats four times – but I guess that’s an accurate representation of a legislative body who can’t seem to come together on much of anything anymore.

Then Trump, who moved his hands as if he were conducting a choir during the song, had to make it about himself by quipping, “They would not do that for me.” Yeah, probably not.

 

3. NO ONE FORGOT ABOUT THE WALL, RIGHT?

Trump may have ended the shutdown he created in an effort to build a wall on the border, but he hasn’t abandoned the idea altogether. Once again, he resorted to exaggerated fear tactics to make his case, describing human trafficking, “large, organized caravans… march[ing] to the United States,” and undocumented immigrants who have committed murder. He even brought out the family members of an elderly couple allegedly murdered by an undocumented teen to punctuate his point.

Though his pitch for the wall wasn’t especially persuasive, it was definitely the longest segment of the address, indicating that we could be heading for another shutdown if the “compromise” Trump asked for doesn’t happen.

 

4. SOCIALISTS WALK AMONGST US

Since progressive ideas are proving overwhelmingly popular with Americans, Republicans are deliberating trying to rebrand these philosophies as something scary.

“Here in the United States we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country,” said Trump. “America was founded on liberty and independence, not government coercion, domination and control. We are born free and we will stay free. Tonight we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.”

In case it wasn’t clear who the president was alluding to, the camera cut to Bernie Sanders at that moment. However, while the senator does consider himself a Democratic Socialist, that’s a far cry from the socialism that Trump is referring to, but he’s banking on Americans not understanding the difference.

 

5. SHOUT OUT TO THE LAAAAADIES!

Trump might not be popular amongst feminist crowds, but he still devoted a few lines of his speech to acknowledging the progress women have made, like that there are more women in the American workforce than ever before, including in Congress.

These comments prompted the female Democratic representatives – who were already hard to miss given their uniformly white attire in recognition of the suffragette movement – to stand up and celebrate their newfound success in the midterm elections.

Trump smiled along with them, but he’d be mistaken to claim any of that credit for himself. The boost in women in Congress hangs on the Democratic Party – in most of these races, Trump endorsed the other guy – emphasis on guy.

 

6. U-S-A! U-S-A!

This chant is usually reserved for the Olympics, or just drunk frat guys shouting their dominance over other parts of the world, but Republicans brought it to the State of the Union last year, and unfortunately it’s back for more.

When Trump delivered the traditional line that the “state of the union is strong,” Republicans chanted their three favorite letters. Look, displays of patriotism are both fine and expected at an event like this one, but it seems pretty juvenile for a bunch of power adults to express themselves in this manner and – theoretically anyway – a little beneath the dignity of Congress.

Democrats may have sat in silence for the first round of the chant, but they’re not off the hook either, since many of them got it going a second time in celebration of the accomplishment of women in the country. Applause would have sufficed.

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Frances G
Carla G1 months ago

thanks

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Dot A
Dot A2 months ago

Tough political times ahead, and the comments reflect what's being argued. Thanks to Mike & Sharon, Marty P., and Debbi W., Peggy and Susanne, plus so many of the Care2 members who give me hope that this nation retains a conscience and moral character to fight the good-fight. The comment that pointed to Trump relying on the lack of intellect to obtain votes struck a powerful nerve. Lack of compassion could be included. Lack of hope for the future can be tossed in, as his vision goes as far as his bottom line. And his bottom is a pit of destruction cashing in on every commodity, while ignoring every warning, every cry for help, and every poor person who has the potential of making this world a better place if respected, encouraged, and given opportunity. When people are treated less than honorable, - less than honorable behaviors become the defense. I find this potus consistently display less than honorable intentions towards most of the world's population. It is so very shameful to our nation~

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Dan Blossfeld
Dan Blossfeld2 months ago

Susanne R.,
I do not mind at all. You should not take my word for it (nor anyone else). Thank you.

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Susanne R
Susanne R2 months ago

Dan B. - Thank you for responding to my request to prove your point! Please accept my "pat on the back" (virtually) for the great job you did! You've done everyone a service by providing this valuable information. No matter what anyone's interests or opinions might be, what matters most in the end is determining what is true. You were right!

(I hope you don't mind that I fact-checked your response. I can't help myself.)

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Dan Blossfeld
Dan Blossfeld2 months ago

Susanne R.,
Alright I will start. Thus far, Trump has appointed 85 federal judges, include two to the supreme court. That averages out to 42.5 per year. Obama appointed 329 during his eight years, including two to SCOTUS, for an average of 41 per year. Bush (W.) appointed 327 (2 to SCOTUS), averaging 41 per year. Clinton appointed 378 (2 to SCOTUS), averaging 47 per year. Bush (H.W.) appointed 193 over one 4-year term (2 to SCOTUS) , averaging 48 per year. Reagan appointed 382 (3 to SCOTUS), averaging 48 per year. Carter appointed 262 in one term (1 to SCOTUS), averaging 65.5 per year. With the exception of Carter's higher number of appointments, the number of federal appointments has been rather constant over the past four decades. Had that one exception not occurred, SCOTUS would have been similar. Acceptable?

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Susanne R
Susanne R2 months ago

Dan B. - Other than that, what? I'm not quoting you, just asking the same question. What are you saying? That I should come up with more examples to prove you wrong? I think you should put some work into this, too, and prove YOUR case. Which one of us was first in refuting our opposing opinions?

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Brian F
Brian F2 months ago

Rhoberta E No, I am not perfect, but the point is that the Democrats have become corrupt like the Republicans. I voted for them because I have no chouce, because corporations own our country and media and both corrupt parties only serve their corporate masters. This is why we need a third party and Jill Stein. The corrupt Democrats will never allow Bernie Sanders or Tulsi Gabbard to win.

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E2 months ago

brian f
Then why did YOU support the Democrats in 2016.??
Not very loyal are you but you expect everyone on C2 to ONLY support those YOU choose. The rest you throw under the bus. BTW, brian, are YOU perfect?

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Brian F
Brian F2 months ago

The Democrats are scared of Ocasio Cortez because she is honest and takes no money from corporations, unlike them. Ocasio Cortez is right. The Democratic party is a criminal organization like the Republican party that only cares about the money they get from corporations.

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Dan Blossfeld
Dan Blossfeld2 months ago

Susanne R.,
That is one exception. Other than that...

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