Trump Returns to Prime Time 📺

Carlos Barria / Pool / Reuters

Carlos Barria / Pool / Reuters

A plea for wall money

Tuesday night, President Trump delivered his first prime time address as president, focusing on what he called a “humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border,” and making the case for a $5.7 billion border wall.

Democratic response

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) responded, accusing Trump of manufacturing an immigration crisis for political gain. Trump’s demand for a wall lies at the heart of the extended government shutdown, now in its third week.


LEANING LEFT:

Rolling Stone: Cancel the Trump show

ThinkProgress: Trump’s televised address will only further his big lie — everybody knows it

The left denounces Trump’s address as built on misinformation and fear mongering. Prior to the speech, many outlets advocated against watching it (and against networks broadcasting itat all), while several news networks who planned to broadcast the speech said they would fact-check it.  

LEANING RIGHT:

Washington Post: Trump could use his national address to lead the nation. Here’s how.

Washington Examiner: Yes, you should watch Trump’s speech

The right supports Trump’s delivery of the speech, arguing that when a president addresses the nation, Americans have the responsibility to listen, think critically, and engage with the ideas presented. They suggest the speech was Trump’s chance to recast the debate over the wall on his terms.


Trump 2020?

With government shutdown negotiations stalled, Trump used the primetime slot to make a public appeal. He may need it — the 2020 election cycle has already begun ramping up, and a recent poll found that a growing number of Americans blame Trump for the shutdown.

Me n' the lads getting hyped for the next election cycle 

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