Greatest. SOTU. Ever?


Speaker Pelosi’s petulance was the icing on the cake of President Trump’s 1 hour, 18 minute long address last night.

Pelosi tore up the President’s remarks about one of the last remaining Tuskegee Airmen, the survival of a child born at 21 weeks, the mourning families of Rocky Jones and Kayla Mueller, Sergeant First Class Townsend Williams and his reunion with his family, and more.

Everyone’s favorite State of the Union address will be different, but there can be no doubt that last night’s address will rankly very highly in the decades to come. In large part due to the political backdrop.

The President was recently impeached by Nancy Pelosi’s House of Representatives, with two flimsy and thoughtless articles still being ruminated over in the Senate. They will likely be pronounced dead later today.

The Democratic Party of America is still reeling from its hyper-flub during the Iowa caucuses. Gallup reports record Trump and GOP approval numbers. The world faces a viral pandemic.

You couldn’t have scripted drama this potent.

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Some will revert to General Washington’s brief State of the Union address, while others will recall Bill Clinton’s “era of big government is over” speech.

For some, it’ll be Lincoln’s 1862 address, difficult to beat in terms of stakes for the nation, while Gerald Ford’s “the state of the Union is not good” will be sure to stick in people’s minds for daring to deviate from the traditional optimism.

But President Trump’s address was not just one of the greatest we’ve seen because of its roll call of the Trump administration’s achievements, nor due to the almost unfathomable positivity given the circumstances surrounding the president.

It was one of the greatest because President Trump injected showmanship that only he could bring to the occasion into the otherwise stuffy event.

From the live honoring of the poorly, conservative hero Rush Limbaugh to the heckling of the increasingly hard left Democrats by hosting Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, President Trump’s latest State of the Union will be hard even for him to top.

The reunification of Serjeant First Class Townsend Williams and his family was a moment of great honor for America’s armed forces, and of unparalleled emotional import for a President who has shied away from waging new wars around the world like many of his predecessors.

Even CNN had to admit: “This was an incredible moment. Paired with awarding the girl a scholarship and giving Rush Limbaugh a medal right there in the House chamber, it’s clear that Trump is bringing a reality TV flair to the State of the Union address.”

Janiyah, I am pleased to inform you that your long wait is over. I can proudly announce tonight that an Opportunity Scholarship has become available, it is going to you, and you will soon be heading to the school of your choice!

– President Donald J. Trump, State of the Union 2020

Much of the difference between Trump and his immediate predecessors lies in his showmanship. But it also lies in his humanity.

A media that has repeated the falsehood of Trump only caring about himself found many of these moments jarring to their worldview.

While the Democratic Party continue to navel gaze, President Trump is performing far better in the court of public opinion, amongst his own party, amongst independents and Democrats, and amongst America’s minorities than any of the geniuses on television or in the print newspapers would have predicted.

The President continues to confound his opponents and breaking their negative spirit.

At the event’s culmination Speaker Pelosi was asked why she tore apart the President’s speech.

She responded that it was “the courteous thing to do given the alternatives.”

It speaks more to her idea of courteousness, and to just how much Trump and her own party have broken her in recent months, that she could only resort to such pedestrian pettifogging.

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Raheem J. Kassam

Raheem Kassam is the Editor-in-Chief of the National Pulse, and former senior advisor to Brexit leader Nigel Farage. Kassam is the best-selling author of 'No Go Zones' and 'Enoch Was Right', as well as a co-founder of the War Room podcast, a Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute, and a fellow at the Bow Group think tank in London. Kassam is an academic advisory board member at the Institut des Sciences Sociales, Economiques et Politiques in Lyon, France.

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