The address of the State of the Union was an erotic will. I say herky-jerky because there were six or eight or maybe 10 speeches in one, paying attention without warning from a request for unity to a tug on the border; some boast of American glory under Trump for some fantasizing about American glory before Trump (yes, it existed!); from a hasty list of legislative desires to a final stretch of surrogate poetry that reads as lines from a series of defective or reworked Hallmark cards. As much as Trump needed modesty, his paragraphs needed transitions.
But it was a leitmotif that crossed the most disparate areas, and it was Trump's readiness to recast recent history and reinvent itself.
If you did not know he was a champion of women, then you probably did not know he saved us from the war with North Korea. He alone can fix it! And according to him, he solved the problem, either is solving it, no matter what its secret service chiefs told the Senate Intelligence Commission last week. They had doubts about his alleged success on that front. Not him. So he will cling to his version. It is what flatters him.
On Tuesday evening, Trump suddenly became interested in diversity and minorities and left much of the dividing vocabulary he had used in the first two years of his presidency, the most memorable when he attached a faecal epithet to countries with largely black populations.
Tuesday night he suffered for the Americans with H.I.V. or AIDS. I do not recall that they were on her radar much earlier, but I remember that he or other members of his administration worked to expel transgender people from the army, to appoint homophobic judges and to discuss civil rights protections for L.G.B.T. Americans.
Tuesday night escorted the rich Americans who benefit from undocumented immigrants, even if those immigrants (presumably) diminish the less wealthy Americans. He made no acknowledgment of his use of undocumented migrants at Trump's golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey. In fact, two of them were invited by the democrats to the speech.
Tuesday evening he said that we Americans "must never ignore the poison poison of anti-Semitism or those who spread his poisonous belief". And he himself did not ignore those who spread it; rather, he defended and encouraged their – accepting their support during his campaign, renaming them, insisting that some of the white nationalists marching in Charlottesville, Virginia, and railing against the Jews were good people.