Most Black Americans watching the State of the Union knew it would be a waste of time, and in this sense they were not disappointed. African-Americans got one mention, a little more than Jay-Z got at the Grammys, and there was only a modicum of truth in Trump’s bragging about the decline in the Black unemployment rate.
Noting that the unemployment was the lowest ever recorded, Trump would have us believe that he alone was responsible for this, when in fact the rate has been steadily declining for more than a decade. This was just one of the gross exaggerations—no, make that lies—he delivered during an insufferable 90 minutes or more.
Although the GOP members in Congress were up and down in their seats all night, the Democrats sat mortified, and it showed most notably in the faces of Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and Sen. Cory Booker. We couldn’t see what expression Congressman Jim Clyburn of South Carolina had since his face was half covered by a hand holding up a head on the verge of nodding.
Obviously, for the president’s detractors, having to endure his preening, arrogant posturing must have been akin to being tortured by Torquemada during the Spanish Inquisition.
Waiting for comments on the situation facing struggling middle class Americans was like waiting for the promised unity in his speech. All he did was further underscore what the so-called tax reform had done at the end of last year, which is excite the rich and powerful, particularly corporate America.
But none of this should have come as a surprise. Trump is a lying, hypocritical snake oil salesman who would put the serpent in the Garden of Eden to shame.
Our suggestion to our readers is that they only give Trump a moment or two of their precious time and energy just to confirm his discombobulated mental health, which, besides the state of the union, is a more important state of our concern.
The American people did not wait a whole year to hear this mishmash, this mixture of bamboozle and distraction. In one way, Trump’s popularity is in a nosedive, but not enough to guarantee a total collapse. We knew early on that his thinning base would not desert him and that an impeachment was out of the question.
Even so, we are pleased to see the huge turnout for the People’s State of the Union and the calls there for resistance and the need to march right into the voting booths in November.
For the most part, Trump has provided us with all the ammunition, all the words, deception and insults we need to continue in our quest to Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go!