President Trump is about to give his second State of the Union address, and he’s expected to call for “unity” while repeating all the usual trite platitudes about bipartisanship and cooperation in his speech, coming just a week after the end of a grueling and damaging government shutdown that ended on deeply acrimonious terms.
“Together, we can break decades of political stalemate. We can bridge old divisions, heal old wounds, build new coalitions, forge new solutions and unlock the extraordinary promise of America’s future. The decision is ours to make” read the excerpts that the White House released to the media.
But the president’s real self was exposed at a luncheon this afternoon during which he referred to Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) as a “real son of a bitch,” insulted former Vice-President Joe Biden as “dumb” and mocked the embattled Governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam for “choking like a dog” in response to his blackface scandal.
We can only imagine how Trump would have handled a blackface scandal; quite frankly, it’s very surprising he hasn’t already had one yet, all things considered.
Trump to anchors: "When I say something that you might think is a gaffe, it’s on purpose; it’s not a gaffe. When Biden says something dumb, it’s because he’s dumb.”
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) February 6, 2019
Still seething with resentment about the infamous vote made by late Arizona Senator John McCain to put an end to his Obamacare repeal efforts, he even took a pathetic potshot at the dead man. “By the way, he wrote a book and the book bombed!” quipped Trump, who is still obsessed with quantifying popularity three years into his presidency.
On top of that, Trump reportedly tried to make his speech harsher against Democrats and pushed back against his handlers’ efforts to rein him in, reports the New York Times’ Peter Baker.
“As he and his team drafted his address in recent days, he has groused about the text, complaining that it is too gentle on Democrats, according to people briefed on the matter.
The president sought to sharpen some of the lines in the speech, and while aides urged him to congratulate Ms. Pelosi on her ascension to the speakership, they were not entirely clear that he would.”
The fact that these insulting remarks leaked so easily means Trump doesn’t care that they do; he wants his political rivals to know that he has nothing but contempt and disgust for us and everything we stand for.
While he might play nice for the cameras so that the vapid pundits can fawn over the slightest semblance of normalcy and praise him for “finally becoming president,” he helpfully is making sure we don’t lose sight of what kind of man he really is.