In his first address to a joint session of Congress, Trump proved only one thing on Tuesday night. He can read from a teleprompter.
But like his previous scripted endeavors on the campaign trail, reading what someone else has written for him is just another part of the show. Trump is, and will likely remain, above all else, an entertainer with no ideological values or political skills.
Compared to his apocalyptic Inaugural address, his tone was softer. However, the message was still infused with influence from his alt-right, government deconstructing advisers Steve Bannon and Steve Miller.
The Washington Post suggests there was also a hint of daughter Ivanka.
The first daughter’s influence was seen with Trump’s talk of family leave and education… The president also mentioned ‘women’ seven times in his speech.
The hodgepodge of conflicting policy points were yet another sign that Trump himself is little more than a gelatinous vessel that others are trying to mold, because actions do indeed speak louder than words. And the actions of #45 are already sending a message to those paying attention, that the billionaires and corporate hacks he has filled his cabinet with are more interested in seeing what they can get away with, than making America better for anyone else. No where is this more obvious than the string of Executive Orders Trump has signed to remove regulations that protect the public from Big Polluters and Wall Street bankers.
Anyone who thinks what happened Tuesday night was an actual pivot toward a significant personality change in a 70-year-old man may be in for a huge disappointment. This president got people to vote for him by flip-flopping and lying.
The sheer frequency, spontaneity and seeming irrelevance of his lies have no precedent. Nixon, Reagan and Clinton were protecting their reputations; Trump seems to lie for the pure joy of it. A whopping 70 percent of Trump’s statements that PolitiFact checked during the campaign were false, while only 4 percent were completely true, and 11 percent mostly true.
One well rehearsed teleprompter speech is not a magic pill that can cure mental illness or profound personality flaws. Nor should it be read as a sign that the potential for corrosive conflicts of interest and Russian influence on the Trump team suddenly no longer matter. Nothing changed last night but the showmanship, which is more likely to revert to the more familiar chaos, bragging, and insults we’ve all been watching since the apprentice politician rode an escalator in 2015, all the way to the White House.
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