On Tuesday night, President Trump gave the address of his life.
Trump’s given good speeches before. He gave an excellent speech about radical Islamic terrorism during the campaign, and another one about tamping down increases in violent crime as well. But last night was different. It wasn’t just because Trump stuck to teleprompter, and because his speech was well-written. It was because there were actual memorable moments in it – moments that resonated not merely because the lines were good, but because they highlighted the differences between right and left that continue to divide the country. As some commentators noted, it’s difficult to recall a single memorable line from any of Barack Obama’s addresses to Congress – or, for that matter, George W. Bush’s or Bill Clinton’s.
There were at least seven from Trump last night.
1. “America must put its own citizens first, because only then can we truly make America great again.” This line resonated with Americans during the campaign, and it resonated last night. Democrats seemed rather uncomfortable with it, because too many people on the left believe we are citizens of the world rather than Americans. Now, there’s some vagueness to this line – it’s possible that Trump is calling for bad policy like tariffs and bloated government spending in the mistaken impression it’s helping American citizens overall. But the sentiment is just right: America must be a country for the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness of its citizens, for only then can we be a light to the world.
2. “What would you say to the American family that loses their jobs, their income or their loved one because America refused to uphold its laws and defend its borders?” Very smart of Trump to phrase the question this way – it’s nearly impossible to defend illegal immigration as a boon to American citizens. No wonder Democrats obviously felt discomfited here. Again, there’s some policy vagueness here – does Trump also want a crack-down on legal immigration in order to prevent domestic job competition? But this question will resonate with most Americans.Read the other 5 Key Sentiments and the rest from Ben Shapiro HERE.
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