President Donald Trump in less than ten hours will stand before a joint session of Congress and the people of the United States to deliver his State of the Union address. In it, as Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway revealed Monday, the President will issue a call for bipartisanship, unity, and comity – which is defined as courtesy and consideration. Conway stressed the word when talking to reporters, taking care to spell it for those who might have heard it as “comedy.”
Kellyanne Conway on President Trump’s State of the Union: “He’s calling for cooperation and he’s calling for comity.” pic.twitter.com/n5Sag6prN5
— The Hill (@thehill) February 4, 2019
And yet, Tuesday morning, President Trump unleashed a tweet proving his words will be hollow and his promises empty. He just demonstrated his sheer inability to create unity or demonstrate comity.
Trump attacked Chuck Schumer, claiming the Senate Democratic Leader is “just upset that he didn’t win the Senate, after spending a fortune, like he thought he would.”
I see Schumer is already criticizing my State of the Union speech, even though he hasn’t seen it yet. He’s just upset that he didn’t win the Senate, after spending a fortune, like he thought he would. Too bad we weren’t given more credit for the Senate win by the media!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 5, 2019
Some on social media were quick to point out Trump’s transgression, mocking him ahead of his speech:
He thinks “comity” is the guy he fired
— Deborah V (@socalscootergal) February 5, 2019
Hours ahead of a speech his aides say will be about bipartisanship, national unity and comity, President Trump goes after Democratic Senate leader https://t.co/6jrZQf2LkI
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) February 5, 2019
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) February 5, 2019
There’s that “comity,” eh, .@KellyannePolls?
— Matt Murphy (@MattMurph24) February 5, 2019
— Steve Smith (@SWS_EDU) February 5, 2019
can’t wait for tonight’s speech on unity https://t.co/Sa7mp3fKq3
— David Mack (@davidmackau) February 5, 2019
All this unity really brings a tear to the eye. https://t.co/43Fpba2fog
— Gary Legum (@GaryLegum) February 5, 2019
— greenlight (@stevenk11011) February 5, 2019
A historian explains why Robert E. Lee wasn’t a hero — he was a traitor
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The moment is the stuff of legend. It captures Lee’s humility (he won the battle), compassion, and thoughtfulness. It casts Lee as a reluctant leader who had no choice but to serve his people, and who might have had second thoughts about doing so given the conflict’s tremendous amount of violence and bloodshed. The quote, however, is misleading. Lee was no hero. He was neither noble nor wise. Lee was a traitor who killed United States soldiers, fought for human enslavement, vastly increased the bloodshed of the Civil War, and made embarrassing tactical mistakes.
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"The Bolivian people deserve free and fair elections, as soon as possible," Warren tweeted Monday afternoon. "Bolivia's interim leadership must limit itself to preparing for an early, legitimate election. Bolivia's security forces must protect demonstrators, not commit violence against them."