Well, the State of the Union is over. It was arguably one of Donald Trump’s best speeches, touting American greatness, love for country, unity, wage growth, jobs growth, a booming economy, and record low unemployment across the board. Three-fourths of the nation approved of it. Yes, you read that right. And 72 percent supported Trump’s border security agenda, which elicited groans from Democrats during the speech. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who is a 2020 candidate, shook her head when the president spoke about curbing the drug trade taking on the cartels, and stopping human traffickers. Remember, folks, this is an open borders party. And they don’t think there is a border crisis, despite Obama saying that there was when he was president. Also, The Washington Post and The New York Times agreed with the president: there is a border crisis. Any sheriff in a border state or immigration enforcement agent will tell you we’ve had a crisis for years.
It was a speech that most Americans could find agreement with on at least a couple things, but the Democrats just sat there. Seething with rage, still dealing with the trauma that Hillary Clinton will never deliver an address like this of her own. For normal people, the speech was excellent. I dare say that even those Republicans who are still skeptical of Trump wouldn’t find it apocalyptic. In liberal media land, this address was incoherent, graphic language when it came to abortion, and downright disgraceful because climate change wasn’t mentioned. The folks at Newsbusters went into the trenches last night, sparing us the worst of the worst by posting about the most unhinged takes from the news media on the State of the Union last night.
First up is CNN’s John King, who was appalled that climate change wasn’t mentioned:
After praising the Democratic Party’s response via Stacy Abrams, as “the best response Democrat or Republican I can remember in some years”, King noted she talked about “voting rights”, “climate change”, and “guns”.
“They believe it helps them, and they believe especially on the issue of climate change, especially on the issue of voting right, it helps them to talk about things the President won't talk about. You can shrug all you want,” King chided former GOP Senator Rick Santorum.
Santorum responded by pointing out the obvious: “I mean, the Republicans don't support any of those things. Why would you talk about them?”
King then unloaded on President Trump for not addressing climate change during his popular speech
The graphic language about abortion was noted by former NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams. Does Brian not knwo that late-term abortion is indeed...graphic. It’s abhorrent. And it should be banned. And you don’t have to be there either to know it’s pure savagery:
Seemingly out of the blue, Williams on Tuesday night interjected, “Graphic language on abortion, a first for a national speech in my time.” Chris Matthews described it as “[sticking] it to the governor of Virginia, tied it into his scandal.” Ralph Northam’s scandal, of course, was seeming to support infanticide.
Here’s some of the “graphic” language from the address: “To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother's womb.”
CNN’s Van Jones said the speech was “psychotically incoherent”:
After former GOP Senator and senior political commentator Rick Santorum talked about ideas the President proposed to reach across the aisle, Jones unloaded his potty mouth. “I see it very, very differently. I saw this as a psychotically incoherent speech with cookies and dog poop,” he exclaimed. “He tries to put together in the same speech these warm kind things about humanitarianism and caring about children. At the same time, he is demonizing people who are immigrants in a way that was appalling.”
Over at MSNBC, Chris Matthews decided to take one for the team and defend socialism since Trump attacked the brutal system during his speech. Needless to say, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) didn’t like that. The MSNBC host said he’s glad that there are “different laboratories of socialism”:
Matthews seemed incensed that the President would denounce those seeking to make America a socialist country, telling panelists that “fortunately, there is a world to look at” because “[t]here is a lot of different laboratories of socialism.”
“There is the northern Europe version, which is democratic, and there's some horrendous versions that come out of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact, which they call themselves socialist republics and all and then we have the Latin American version right now with Venezuela and Cuba. I thought that was a pretty direct shot at Bernie, at AOC,” he added.
If you missed the address and just saw this coverage, you’d think Trump totally flopped. He didn’t not only did 75 percent like what they heard last night, and 72 percent also supported Trump’s call for border security and immigration enforcement.
Circling back to CNN, they trashed their poll on the speech because it showed high marks for President Trump. CNN’s results mirrored the one conducted by CBS News.
CNN political director David Chalian reprised his State of the Union analysis from 2018 by, once again, discrediting CNN’s own poll numbers showing an overwhelmingly positive response to President Trump’s Tuesday address.
“So I just want to stress here, for a State of the Union address, the President's partisans, his supporters tend to turn out to watch the speech. This is true of a president of either party,” he warned viewers after also noting the poll was only of people who actually watched the speech. “So tonight, we saw a heavily Republican skewed audience turn out to watch the President's speech.”
As this author wondered last year: If you’re polling a skewed pool of respondents, then why take the poll in the first place? It’s because they like to hold up the results when it’s a Democratic president giving the State of the Union address.
…he failed to mention that those with a negative opinion of the address fell from 29 percent to 23 percent, another 6-point swing.
Yeah, I have a feeling we’re in for a couple more episodes of ‘the liberal media mostly going full froth’ because there’s a Republican in the White House. I say, mostly because not everyone was awful. NBC's Lester Holt noted the stream of bipartisan proposals. Reporter Peter Alexander also acknowledged that the speech was chock full of things everyone can get behind.