FEATURING RICHARD ESKOW – Donald Trump gave his first address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night, sounding more scripted and grammatically correct than he has done in a long time.
He began by warning lawmakers that he would be delivering “a message of unity and strength,” only to trot out family members of those killed by undocumented immigrants as a way to justify his crackdown on all immigrants.
Trump boasted about calling for, “one of the largest increases in national defense spending in American history, “only to assert that, “America is better off when there is less conflict, not more,” and that, “war and the destruction … have ravaged and raged throughout the world.”
He made no mention of Social Security and Medicare but did denounce, the “imploding Obamacare disaster.”
Some critics offered praise, saying that for the first time Trump appeared presidential. But, beyond the style, did the substance of his vision remain as dangerous as it has been?
Richard (RJ) Eskow, host of The Zero Hour, a weekly radio program, and a Senior Fellow with the Campaign for America’s Future. He is also a former consultant and public policy advisor. His writings have appeared in a number of print and digital publications.