Count Van Jones as among the few people that were impressed by President Donald Trump‘s joint address to the U.S. Congress Monday, an affair where the former business mogul largely managed to not embarrass himself. But what turned heads was the CNN contributor saying that President Trump could land himself two full terms in office if he continues performances of a similar sort in the future.
The Washington Post writes:
For people who have been hoping that maybe he would remain a divisive cartoon, which he often finds a way to do, they should begin to become a little bit worried tonight, because that thing you just saw him do, if he finds a way to do that over and over again, he’s going to be there for eight years. Now, there was a lot that he said in that speech that was counterfactual, that was not right, that I oppose and will oppose. But he did something tonight that you cannot take away from him. He became president of the United States.
Jones was remarking on a portion of President Trump’s speech in where he acknowledged the widow of slain U.S. Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens, who died in a raid in Yemen and was the first soldier to die under the new administration. Jones echoed a similar sentiment that Trump didn’t exactly poop the bed but it’d be fair to say that the president wasn’t flawless.
There was a bit of flub and stiffness, along with a looming possibility that he’d go off script as he did when speaking to Owens’ widow, Carryn Owens.
Praising Trump for doing the bare minimum in an address that felt canned and using a dramatic, if important, moment to honor a fallen member of the military rings hollow and doesn’t at all remove the stink of the president’s divisive campaign nor the inspired nut-jobs that have appeared in the wake of his election to the White House.
Instead of giving the president props for doing what he’s supposed to do, we should monitor Trump closely to see what trick truly lies up his sleeve.
Props to Crooks and Liars for the video clip.
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