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January 31, 2018

2018 State of the Union: The Trump Show in Screenshots

Photo: Jabin Botsford/Washington Post.President Donald Trump during his State of the Union address, January 30, 2018, Washington D.C.

These are our favorite screenshots from Trump’s first State of the Union. Although the speech was deceptive, dark, and divisive, the SOTU is not a document or an address as much as it’s a show. As we emphasize near the bottom of this mostly chronological thread, Trump achieved two important things. He managed his tone, distancing himself from the Twitter madman. And he told stories, wrapping his frightful ideas around the inspirational or gut wrenching tales of one invited guest after another. Tailored for the folks at home, it was a powerful device, and one that the opposition party is frankly terrible at. In spite of all our snark, Dems better watch out because this exercise demonstrated many of the skills that got Trump elected.

 

Photo: Jabin Botsford/Washington Post. Caption: President Donald Trump during his State of the Union address, January 30, 2018, Washington D.C.

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