The president was full of bluster about his record during his State of the Union address Tuesday night. No surprise there; that’s par for presidents. The state’s congressional delegation made him their Valentine.
The New York Times, NPR, factcheck.org and other outlets are busy pointing out the lies and exaggerations in the speech. This will not matter to his supporters. If they think it’s OK for him to seek to influence the 2020 election by withholding military aid to ally Ukraine, well … as radio host Peter Sagal said last week, he could shoot a man in Reno just to watch him die.
Some of the things Trump bragged about that got the Arkansas delegate all worked up: He ridded the nation of “job-killing regulations” that have in the past 30 years served to clean our air and water and conserve nature. U.S. Rep. French Hill and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued a “hurrah.”
He claimed, “We will always protect your Medicare and we will always protect your Social Security.” This just days after saying he would consider cutting Medicare to reduce the federal deficit that has ballooned during his tax-cutting tenure. U.S. Rep. Westerman says yessiree, we have a “bright future” ahead.
Trump: “We will always protect patients with pre-existing conditions.” Really? He’s worked to kill the Affordable Care Act and its protections, including a move supported by our guys in D.C. to make people with pre-existing conditions pay big premiums to get health care.
Trump showed his true colors with his award of the Medal of Freedom medal to racist/misogynist/lying rabble-rouser Rush Limbaugh. In a radio interview today, Hill praised trump and bemoaned that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi tore her copy of Trump’s speech in half. Bad Nancy! Attaboy Rush!
The president’s misplaced morals and inability to tell the truth do not matter to our delegation to Congress, because: money.
And now, it’s acquittal time. (Though some say the result will be a mistrial.)