Trump made it clear he’s scared

The Day - - OPINION -

You watch the Su­per Bowl be­cause you want to. You watch and lis­ten to the pres­i­dent's State of the Union Ad­dress as a cit­i­zen's duty which might be called “cruel and un­usual pun­ish­ment.”

Some have been elo­quent ex­po­si­tions of the state of the union. On Feb. 5 the pomp and cir­cum­stance was re­li­ably ap­pro­pri­ate, what fol­lowed was not. Pres­i­dent Trump started speak­ing be­fore he was prop­erly in­tro­duced by his host, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. He lurched into the fa­mil­iar set of cam­paign prom­ises and pro­jec­tions. If you be­lieve in “tells,” body lan­guage, this first part was a set piece — no sub­stance, just gas.

As he drew the ap­plause he craves, his hands started mov­ing. A set of du­bi­ous sta­tis­tics with right-hand punc­tu­a­tion de­volved into threats. And now the left hand was in the game. Com­pro­mise starts by iden­ti­fy­ing com­mon points of agree­ment. Trumpian com­pro­mise means “do it my way or else.” Re­venge and re­sis­tance pol­i­tics are of his mak­ing, as are the crises he cre­ated. Now he presents him­self as the sav­ior.

Bul­lies win through un­op­posed ag­gres­sion. War and in­ves­ti­ga­tion are sep­a­rate is­sues. War is the last weapon of diplo­macy, in­ves­ti­ga­tions seek truth. He's run­ning scared, hence the threats. Larry White East Lyme

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