President Donald Trump, in concluding his State of the Union address, is urging Americans to “choose greatness.”
Trump finished his 82-minute speech on an optimistic note, suggesting that “our biggest victories are still to come” and that “we have not yet begun to dream.” And he urged the nation to not be “defined by our differences.”
But despite Trump’s call for unity, much of his speech echoed his usual partisan talking points and the reaction to his address varied wildly among Democrats and Republicans.
Moreover, Trump, in the hours before speech, attacked Democratic Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer. And the president’s previous public pleas for bipartisanship have usually worn off in a matter of days, often overwhelmed by a flood of his incendiary tweets.
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