President Trump delivered on Tuesday evening what many people viewed to be a patriotic and unifying State of the Union speech.
“We have shared in the heights of victory and the pains of hardships,” Trump said before he celebrated the nation’s highs, mourned through America’s lows, complimented her resolve and spirit, applauded her determination to move forward into a new year with new opportunities; he encouraged the nation to reach across the aisle and look out for one another “to make American great again for all Americans.”
“Tonight I call upon all of us to seek common ground and seek out the unity we need for the people we were elected to serve,” Trump said which was met by a standing ovation.
“The state of the union is strong because our people are strong,” Trump said before listing many accomplishments of his first year in office.
What a missed opportunity for unity, as Fox News reports many media heads were unmoved by Trump’s patriotic tone:
Democrats didn’t do themselves any favors by sitting on their hands when Trump appealed for unity and declining to applaud things like economic gains and calls to honor veterans. However, Democratic lawmakers attending the speech weren’t the only people to illustrate how low their party will go when given a chance to mock Trump or discredit his rhetoric. Pundits and commenters from an assortment of news organizations were out to prove they can be equally outrageous.
Liberal media members began disrespecting Trump as he stood at the podium before he even uttered a word.
NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie and Tom Brokaw felt it was appropriate to remind viewers of the Russian probe as Trump was beginning his speech – literally talking over the president at one point.
MSNBC’s pre-speech coverage included Rachael Maddow and Brian Williams giggling over a protester who gave Trump’s motorcade a “one-fingered salute” and many outlets fixated on Melania Trump traveling to the Capitol building in a separate vehicle from her husband.
CBS News’ Gayle King may have provided the most honest moment of the night when she said, “Many of the Democrats, at many times, looked like they had bitten a couple of lemons, even when he was saying things most people would agree with.”
MSNBC’s Joy Reid was on a combative Twitter rampage throughout the evening, accusing Trump of leading a “culture war,” but one tweet she sent essentially denounced church, family, policy, the national anthem and even the military.
What some may call an attempt to unify the nation, MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace called a “deep and almost, sort of, sad obsession with being liked.”
CNN’s Van Jones, a former Obama adviser, compared Trump’s speech to “sweet-tasting candy with poison in it.” Jones then claimed that Trump “deliberately” implied that “DREAMers are gang members.”
The CBS News panel didn’t exactly praise Trump’s speech. John Dickerson said he “was a cheerleader of his own policies” and “totaled up all the wins that he gives himself, sometimes bending the truth a little bit,” while Norah O’Donnell said “this reality TV president was trying to create a new reality.”
According to News Busters, following the speech, reporters from ABC News offered a highly critical review:
To match their vicious pre-State of the Union address coverage, ABC lost its mind following President Trump’s first such address, slinging mud at the President for delivering a “divisive,” “gloomy,” and “sad speech” that did nothing to “unify” the country and instead “stok[ed]…racial tensions.”
Chief anchor and former Clinton administration official George Stephanopoulos started by telling chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl that Trump “did not unify that chamber” while Karl swooned that he’s “never seen anything like it” with “Democrats…basically run[ning] for the exits.”
Vega also declared that the President was “stoking…racial tensions by bringing up this issue out of kneeling during the National Anthem.”
The View’s Meghan McCain took a step down from her more conservative stance on the liberal chatfest, becoming the more familiar, moderate voice as she fretted that “[i]t was actually surprisingly not as bipartisan as I had anticipated.”
By talking about things like the Star Spangled Banner, guns, and God, McCain argued that “those are things that will certainly make his base happy” but were topics that were “a lot more divisive.”
“Calling this a healing speech is almost like calling, going on a diet by drinking a Diet Coke and eating a pizza. That’s as much of a healing speech this was,” [ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd] added.
Martha Raddatz was also on set to tout her Resistance talking points, denouncing the “particularly gloomy” and “sad speech” that “did not unify, exactly what everybody is saying about not unifying.”
Check it out:
CNN’s Ana Navarro tweeted, “I realized listening to Trump read his State of the Union, I don’t trust one word that man utters.”
“I was unmoved by all of it,” Navarro added.
I realized listening to Trump read his State of the Union, I don’t trust one word that man utters. I was unmoved by all of it. Meaningless. Like listening to him read from my car’s owner’s manual telling me how to operate the sound system. Made me sleepy.
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) January 31, 2018