In his first State of the Union address, which seemed scripted most of the times in 80 minutes, the U.S. President Donald Trump made a lot of promises regarding his vision of the nation. He emphasized on introduction of tax cut bill which helped in cashing in bigger paychecks for millions of American. He also remarked that the country has arrived at a “new American moment” of opportunity and wealth. Moreover, he ranted about the war of words with North Korea and unfair trade practices. Along with his pitches on topics such as infrastructure, funding of job training, and prison reform, he was focused on his vision to unite the country.
His promise to build “a safe, strong, and proud America” along with unifying country had been rejected by American citizens, casting him as divisive, according to a poll. Following his “shithole” remark that erupted an outrage across the world, he extended his hand “to work with members of both parties, Democrats and Republicans, to protect our citizens, of every background, color, and creed.”
However, Democratic leaders denounced Trump’s vision of unity and equality and focus on working-class people who helped him win the White House. Representative Joe Kennedy, a Massachusetts Democrat and great-nephew of former President John F. Kennedy, said in the official Democratic response, “This administration isn’t just targeting the laws that protect us – they are targeting the very idea that we are all worthy of protection.”
Moreover, Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader held Trump responsible for dividing the nation. Schumer said in a statement, “After a long and divisive year, many Americans were yearning for the President to present a unifying vision for the country. Unfortunately, his address tonight stoked the fires of division instead of bringing us closer together.”
President Trump attempted to win back voters who are turning their heads from him and his party ahead of the midterm elections. The insults from his social media accounts and irresponsible remarks in meeting did not seem to be one of the smartest strategies to win people back or unify them. The promises which he delivered during the speech in congress have not successfully fulfilled yet. Otherwise, his more than a year term might have been different than it is today.
In State of the Union speech, he called for bipartisan support for his infrastructure legislation and asked for nationwide effort on countering opioid addiction. He said, “I call upon all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground, and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people.” Merely offering these statements will not make any difference as necessary steps should be taken by him than trying to make up for self-made crises. Even though the country has strong economy, the approval rating was worse for the first year of his presidency. Due to this, Democratic leaders who were willing to work with the Republican President would hesitate now.
The challenges in front of Donald Trump are growing bigger with promises being made. It is impossible to determine where the special counsel’s investigation about 2016 Russian meddling will lead to. Though the vision to unite the country has dawned little late, the right steps toward realizing the vision will be necessary.