A State of the Union Address Review: Why Mr. President?

On January 30th, President Trump gave his State of the Union speech for 2018. Trump started his abnormally long speech thanking certain specific people who helped out during different natural disasters like Ashlee Leppert who was aboard one of the helicopters on the scene in Houston during Hurricane Harvey where she helped save more than forty people; and David Dahlburg who helped rescue almost sixty children who were cornered at a California summer camp due to the horrendous wildfires. He reminded our people that they we are strong and have overcome obstacles this past year that no one had anticipated as well as many challenges we knew we would be facing.

He quickly moved onto other things such as new jobs, tax cuts, unemployment and other more serious topics involving the majority of the American people. He said “Since the election, we have created 2.4 million new jobs, including 200,000 new jobs in manufacturing alone.” In reality Trump is including the time before he was officially made President. Trump is going off of the new jobs created since November 8th of 2016 rather than January 20th of 2017 which is the official day he took office. According to the Washington Post there “have been about 1.8 million jobs created” which is according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

He also stretches the truth when speaking about the money that workers are taking home. Trump stated that since the tax cuts were made that 3 million workers have been getting thousands of dollars to take home from tax-cut bonuses. Although the number of workers getting money is correct, the amount of money they’re each getting seems to be inaccurate. In an article from ABC News they said that smaller and mid-sized companies don’t want to be “vulnerable to a cash flow crisis.” so they are not giving out bonuses or raises because they are unsure of how much they can give away.

When it comes to unemployment, Trump said that unemployment for African Americans is at the lowest rate ever recorded “and Hispanic American unemployment has also reached the lowest levels in history.” When researching these facts, you can see that yes, unemployment for the African American is at an all time low of 6.8%, however that still pales in comparison to the overall unemployment rate of 4.1%. He also conveniently omits the fact that as President he has personally attacked many African Americans via twitter, and has encouraged white nationalist to mobilize and defended their actions during a rally in Charlottesville where a young woman was killed. As for Hispanic Americans, the all time low was at 4.8% in October of 2006, yet his actions when it comes to immigration and the effective emergency rescue efforts in Puerto Rico show how he actually feels. As of publication there are still 400,000 homes without electricity. 

The definition of the State of the Union address is “a yearly address delivered each January by the president of the US to Congress, giving the administration’s view of the state of the nation and plans for legislation.”  This is a speech that is supposed to be informative to Congress and the people of America. There’s no reason to fill the people of America’s minds with false information that they will believe just because it’s coming from the President of our nation. We’re supposed to be able to trust the President to at least give us some information about where our country’s status is. These are only some of the things he spoke about so I’m sure there are more half-truths within his speech. So I ask you this. Why would the President feel the need to lie?

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