It is disingenuous for a president like Donald Trump to call for “unity” after he has constantly fueled the fire of partisan division, suggests John Dickerson of The Atlantic. He himself has publicly disdained acting presidential, only doing so now when it is politically beneficial for him. Trump has built his brand on identity politics, driving his base against outsiders and closer to himself. After countless aggressive tweets and accusations lobbed at people he disagrees with, the president is a great enemy of unity. It is empty to call for it on one day, when working to undermine it every other day of the year.
President Trump gave a great, unifying State of the Union, holds Melissa Quinn of The Washington Examiner. He correctly underlined that it will take togetherness and cooperation from both sides of the aisle to take our country forward. The fact that his administration has added 5 million new jobs is a victory for all Americans. His comments that new economic benefits are reaching women was met with a standing ovation and chants of “USA, USA” from both Democrats and Republicans. Trump’s desire for unity is genuine; he is working to create successes for the country to unite over.