State of the Union addresses tend to be pretty dull, and this year’s was no exception. The one good thing to come out of the State of the Union speech this year is that Trump’s desire to deliver it ended the government shutdown. His insatiable need to have his orange mug in front of cameras in a pageant held for him while words come out of his puckered-butthole of a mouth was worth more to him than getting 1/5 of the money he would need for his monument to white people.
Lord Dampnut wasn’t done agitating for his wall however, he continued his multi-year effort to mainstream talking points taken from white supremacist websites. For example, Trump argued that “politicians and donors push for open borders while living their lives behind walls and gates and guards.” Which firstly, is not true. No one in any position of power has advocated for “open borders”. Also, the line is a direct echo of the white supremacist accusations that diversity is something “elites” force on white people.
Trump then went to his classic lie that immigrants are the only source of crime in America, claiming that a surge of crime is coming over the border. Granted, crime is bad, but Trump’s implication that crime is a result of immigration is false. Immigrants, both documented and undocumented, commit fewer crimes than native-born Americans.
The most telling part of the speech though, might be the line: “If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation,” Trump said. His speechwriter I’m sure patted themselves on the back for the rest of the day for coming up with.
That seems to imply that Trump is willing to tank the economy or jeopardize Americans’ safety if special counsel Robert Mueller, federal prosecutors in New York, or House Democrats insist on investigating the president’s endless crimes and infinite corruption.
Making a threat like that during the State of the Union is a bold gambit, but it also shows how nervous Trump is. The circumstances of his inauguration, which have long been believed to have been a pass-through for all manner of money-laundering, are finally getting a look from the U.S. attorney in New York and House Democrats. Michael Cohen, his dirty former lawyer, has agreed to testify to Congress. Mueller’s incitements keep getting closer and closer to him. It’s getting harder and harder for Trump and his (so far unindicted) lackeys plead ignorance and he is running out of room to plead innocence.
Let’s hope that by this time next year, Trump is sweating bullets through the speech, or giving it from a small room at club Fed.