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Should Trump Mention Impeachment in his SOTU Address?

Robert Dimuro

Posted on February 2, 2020 13:09

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Should Trump let Wednesday’s vote speak for itself and refrain from admonishing Democrats beforehand?

Times are good for President Trump, who can see the light at the end of the impeachment tunnel. Senator McConnell was surprised to discover on Friday that he had enough votes to block witnesses, which will allow for a speedy, decisive vote on acquittal this Wednesday. Although this is a huge victory for Trump, his SOTU will take place on Tuesday before Wednesday’s vote, prompting his speechwriters to decide whether or not Trump should reference impeachment in his address.

In his previous SOTUs, Trump maintained a positive and uplifting tone, citing low unemployment, a wealth of new jobs, foreign policy successes, etc. He also tends to weave in personal anecdotes throughout his speeches that bolster his message and policy initiatives. 

The best instance of this was when he referenced the death of Otto Warmbier, who was sent to a North Korean labor camp after stealing their flag from a hotel hallway. At the time, Trump had a hardline stance on North Korea, imposing sanctions and not backing down to numerous threats issued by Kim Jong-un. 

In part, Trump addressed this by inviting Otto’s parents to the SOTU and featured them in his speech, eliciting a standing ovation from everyone in Congress who felt the pain of Otto’s death. Moments like this distract viewers from the tense politics that divide America and place the onus on Democrats to work with Trump and not against him.

The White House has signaled that this year’s address will again have a very optimistic and uplifting tone. If Trump maintains this style, it’s hard to see how he can weave in the messy issue of his own impeachment. However, if he chooses to do so, Trump can criticize the Democrats’ hapless efforts to remove him from office with the comfort that impeachment is unpopular with most Americans and especially with Independents - the voter group that Democrats must sway in order to defeat Trump.

Since Democrats have dug a massive hole for themselves, Trump can pretty much say anything he wants on Tuesday without much concern. Even so, a display of good-natured, bipartisan charisma will make Democrats look like hypocrites, as they will predictably refuse to acknowledge great statistic after great statistic by staying put in their seats and not clapping. This happened in last year’s SOTU, when Trump cited record lows in unemployment among Blacks and Hispanics and received no applause from the left side of the aisle.

After the Democrats act like partisan hypocrites at the SOTU, their behavior will look even less excusable the very next day when Trump is acquitted of all charges. Therefore, Trump can let Wednesday’s vote speak for itself and shouldn’t feel the need to admonish Democrats beforehand. When Trump rises above partisan politics and speaks to the entire nation with candor, passion, and genuine optimism, he commands the room and signals to his detractors that he is, indeed, worthy of the office to which he was democratically and fairly elected.

Robert Dimuro

Posted on February 2, 2020 13:09

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