Trump’s Calls For Unity Are A Familiar Refrain
February 5, 2019
Trump plans to call for “unity” in his State of the Union address tonight. But, we’ve heard this disingenuous rhetoric before. The president has used nearly every major speech of his presidency to call for “unity,” only to quickly retreat to his same divisive attacks and policies as soon as he is off the teleprompter.
Trump called for living “together in unity” in his Inaugural Address, then he issued his Muslim Ban a week later.
Trump: “The Bible tells us how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity. We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.”
CNN: “Trump barred citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US for at least the next 90 days by executive order, which a senior White House official said later Friday is likely just a first step toward establishing a broader ban.”
Trump said his Joint Address to Congress was “a message of unity,” then days later called President Obama a “Bad (or sick) guy!”
Trump: “I am here tonight to deliver a message of unity and strength, and it is a message deeply delivered from my heart.”
Trump: “How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”
Trump used his last State of the Union address to call for “unity,” then accused Democrats of “treason” for not standing and clapping for him.
Trump: “Tonight, 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.”
CNN: “President Donald Trump mocked Democrats Monday for their stony reactions during his State of the Union speech last week, saying that it was even ‘treasonous.’ ‘They were like death and un-American. Un-American. Somebody said, ‘Treasonous.’ I mean, yeah, I guess, why not,’ he said to laughter. ‘Can we call that treason? Why not,’ he added.”