If you decided to watch Trump’s extra special address tonight instead of boycotting, you were probably tense all day in anticipation for how bad it could be, and now you’re breathing a sigh of relief. For those who didn’t watch, you didn’t miss anything. It was the same usual lies, xenophobia, and racism that Trump has been using to attempt to scare Americans into handing over their tax dollars for many months. It’s not worth repeating and it would be better if no one had watched it at all, but what can you do?
The President tonight re-hashed his greatest hits of immigrant-bashing, fear, bigotry, and racism. This was the same old nonsense. This speech was three years of his insane tweets, with spelling and grammatical errors corrected by Stephen Miller. #TrumpAddress— Janet Murguía (@JMurguia_Unidos) January 9, 2019
On a positive note, someone clearly wrote the speech for him, as it was easy to follow and didn’t contain any bizarre word-salad tangents. You could also see his eyes moving back and forth as he read. He also did not call an illegal national emergency to waste time trying to force the government to pay for the wall Mexico was supposed to pay for.
After citing a few examples of 1/12000000th of the total undocumented population that committed crimes, Nanci Pelosi and Chuck Schumer aired their response, each doing their own individual speech one right after the other while the other stared blankly into the camera. Still, at least their speeches were rooted in reality.
Afterward, many networks set to the task of fact-checking. It didn’t take long, not because there weren’t many lies (there were) but because they were the same lies the press has been debunking for over two years.
It was truly an unremarkable night. The only thing that’s worth reading is the funny Twitter reactions.
.@realDonaldTrump,— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) January 9, 2019
There is no crisis at the border, other than the human rights one manufactured by this Administration.
Stop trying to gaslight us in order to please racists.
America#GoFactYourself#TrumpAddress #PresidentialAddress #NoWallEver pic.twitter.com/2rJBJ9rYCr
Gonna now watch Oval Office addresses from Obama to detox from this evening.#TrumpAddress— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) January 9, 2019
I have more accuracy peeing in the dark on crutches than Trump displayed in tonight’s speech. #TrumpAddress— Bryan Behar (@bryanbehar) January 9, 2019
Donald Trump: I don't even know why I'm giving this lifeless speech— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) January 9, 2019
Nancy Pelosi: Please proceed
Donald Trump: Here are my usual lies, I'm only half awake
Nancy Pelosi: Trump is lying
Chuck Schumer: What Nancy said
Donald Trump: [sniff]#TrumpAddress #PresidentialAddress
So I'm clear: this man cares about a supposed humanitarian crisis at the border, but not the real humanitarian crisis created by 800,000 Americans not receiving their paychecks and not being able to pay rent, buy groceries, and care for their kids.— Leah D. Daughtry (@LeahDaughtry) January 9, 2019
Hear that? It's fact checkers all across the nation kicking into high gear to take apart this short but incredibly misleading speech. #TrumpAddress -- MC— NYT Opinion (@nytopinion) January 9, 2019
We’re living in a time where a so-called president of the US is obsessed with walls & amazed at invention of wheels— Bryan Dawson (@BryanDawsonUSA) January 9, 2019
I like presidents who challenge us to go to moon, establish national service, create national highway system, & fight to insure 21 million people.#TrumpAddress pic.twitter.com/tDvzSBzaoR
Takeaways from #TrumpAddress— francesca fiorentini (@franifio) January 9, 2019
1) He said “espeaking”
2) Fentanyl was apparently created in the hills of Mexico and not a pharma lab in the US.
3) “Women and children suffer the most” from immigration which is why the US will ensure they continue to suffer?
4) He said “espeaking”
That is all. Go back to your lives and forget any of this happened.