Trump, who never once mentioned the impeachment trial which will end with his acquittal in 24 hours time, gave a very upbeat State of the Union speech

By Ian Horswill

Posted on February 5, 2020

Like a gangster, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped up US President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address in the House of Representatives as he stood in front of her.

In full view of the cameras, the woman who approved the impeachment investigation that is destined to fail, showed her utter disdain for the US President as he was given rapturous applause for his upbeat and showbiz-style State of the Union address.

Tim Murtaugh, the communications director for Trump’s reelection team, blasted Pelosi’s actions: “She might as well rip up any plans for attracting independent voters. Pelosi and the Democrats sat on their hands through all of the good news for Americans in that speech. It’s a sad place to be when good news for America is bad news for Democrats.”

It capped a quite extraordinary exchange between Pelosi and Trump, who when he walked into the House of Representatives, dismissed Pelosi’s offer of a handshake.

Trump, who never once mentioned the impeachment trial which will end with his acquittal in 24 hours time, gave a very upbeat State of the Union speech, the last before the Presidential Election in November. He walked into the House of Representatives with Republicans chanting “Four more years”.

Trump’s State of the Union speech was an election speech, pitching voters on the idea of a “great American comeback,” and he heavily promoted the accomplishments of his first three years in office, which he framed as making good on his 2016 pledge to “Make America Great Again.”

“Tonight I stand before you to share the incredible results. Jobs are booming. Incomes are soaring. Poverty is plummeting. Crime is falling. Confidence is surging. And our country is thriving and highly respected again,” Trump began.

“America’s enemies are on the run. America’s fortunes are on the rise. America’s future is blazing bright. The years of economic decay are over.

“The days of our country being used, taken advantage of, and even scorned by other nations are long behind us.

“Gone too are the broken promises; jobless recoveries; tired platitudes; and constant excuses for the depletion of American wealth, power, and prestige. In just three short years, we have shattered the mentality of American decline, and we have rejected the downsizing of America’s destiny. We have totally rejected the downsizing. We are moving forward at a pace that was unimaginable just a short time ago, and we are never ever going back.

“I am thrilled to report to you tonight that our economy is the best it has ever been. Our military is completely rebuilt, with its power unmatched anywhere in the world, and it is not even close. Our borders are secure, our families are flourishing, our values are renewed, our pride is restored. And for all of these reasons, I say to the people of our great country and to the members of Congress: The state of our union is stronger than ever before.”

Trump, the former reality TV star added a showbiz element to the traditionally staid event. His wife Melania presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honour, to the radio host Rush Limbaugh, who earlier this week announced he has advanced lung cancer, AP News reported.

Trump stunned a young student in the gallery with a scholarship. And he orchestrated the surprise tearful reunion of a soldier from overseas with his family in the balcony.

It was classic Trump. Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who has been trying to meet Trump, his most important international ally, was a guest in the House. Trump offered Guaidó exactly the sort of endorsement he’s been looking for as he struggles to oust President Nicolás Maduro from power. Trump called Guaidó “the true and legitimate president of Venezuela”.

“Socialism destroys nations,” Trump declared.

Trump spent much of the State of the Union speech highlighting the economy’s strength, including low unemployment, stressing how it has helped blue-collar workers and the middle class.

“From the instant I took office, I moved rapidly to revive the US economy, slashing a number of job killing-regulations, enacting historic and record-setting tax cuts, and fighting for fair and reciprocal trade agreements,” he said.

“Our agenda is relentlessly pro-worker, pro- family, pro-growth, and, most importantly, pro-American.

“Thank you (applause). We are advancing with unbridled optimism and lifting our citizens of every race, color, religion and creed very high. Since my election, we have created 7 million new jobs, 5 million more than government experts projected during the previous administration.

“The unemployment rate is the lowest in over half a century.

“And very incredibly, the average unemployment rate under my administration is lower than in any administration in the history of our country.”

Trump stressed the new trade agreements he has negotiated, including his phase-one deal with China and the US-Mexico-Canada agreement he signed last month.

He finished the State of the Union address with the promise of the “best is yet to come”.

“This is our glorious and magnificent inheritance. We are Americans, we are pioneers, we are the pathfinders, we settled the new world, we built the modern world and we changed history forever by embracing the eternal truth that everyone is made equal by the almighty hand of God.

“America is the place where anything can happen. America is the place where anyone can rise. Here, on this land, on this soil, on this continent, the most incredible dreams come true. This nation is our canvas and this country is our masterpiece. We look at tomorrow and see a limited frontiers just waiting to be explored. Our brightest discoveries are not yet known. Our most thrilling stories are not yet told. Our grandest journeys are not yet made. The American age, the American epic, the American adventure has only just begun. Our spirit is still young. The sun is still rising. God’s grace is still shining. My fellow Americans, the best is yet to come. Thank you. Thank you very much.”

Trump will lambast the Democrats when he is acquitted of impeachment in 24 hours time.