Forget the spectacle and skip over the pettiness. Last night’s State of the Union speech was most notable for what it didn’t include — a typical Donald Trump rally address and his usual snarky and self-focused asides and ad-libs. Despite Democrats’ complaints about the speech in its initial aftermath, this was far from a “MAGA rally,” even if it’s convenient for his political opponents to claim otherwise:
Democrats were exasperated over what they called a raucous campaign-style speech from President Trump on Tuesday night as the president made his case for reelection during his annual State of the Union address.
“Raucous”? What exactly was “raucous” about it? If anything, Trump was at his most measured and least dramatic on the dais last night. There was no ranting or name-calling, but instead a SOTU that any president could have delivered, a speech that followed the same form and function of almost every such speech in the televised age.