Trump’s Speech ‘Set Things Back,’ ‘Offended a Lot of Democrats’

January 31, 2018

After trashing President Trump’s State of the Union address moments after it ended Tuesday night, on Wednesday morning, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd was back at it on the Today show, fearing the speech “set things back” and “really offended a lot of Democrats,” which apparently included him.

Co-host Savannah Guthrie began the segment by acknowledging that the address was a success: “So how does he turn a successful State of the Union address into something lasting?” Todd immediately threw cold water on any positive impact: “Well, I think it’s extraordinarily difficult for any president to make a State of the Union stick anymore.”

He insisted there was only one way the speech could help Trump: “But you know, look, this State of the Union only becomes relevant if something – you know, if he can have a big success quickly. And immigration is his one opportunity to have a big success quickly.”

Having set the new standard for how the speech could be deemed “successful,” Todd promptly discounted any possibility of an immigration deal as he denounced the President:

But I have to tell you, I think his rhetoric last night set things back, did not advance the ball forward. Because while on immigration, while the tone was an attempt at bipartisanship, the way he sold immigration really offended a lot of Democrats that were listening in that room. And I actually think he made that situation harder today than it was before the speech.

During NBC’s special coverage following the State of the Union Tuesday night, Todd derided Trump’s effortto highlight victims of illegal immigration as an attempt to “paint the picture of the – this mythical immigrant criminal here that I want everybody to get fired up about.”

This article was posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 9:18 am

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