The State of the Union is partially about the president bringing forth new policies and initiatives, but it also has a lot to do with reframing the debate over key issues.
In that respect, President Trump got an A+ Tuesday night, at least on one issue — the Democrats’ constant use of illegal immigrants for partisan gain.
In particular, the use of DACA and “the Dreamers” for optics has been egregious on the Democrats’ part.
However, with just one line Tuesday night, President Trump managed to turn the whole debate around — and it could be one of the best State of the Union lines we’ve ever heard.
“My duty, and the sacred duty of every elected official in this chamber, is to defend Americans, to protect their safety, their families, their communities, and their right to the American dream,” Trump said.
“Because Americans are Dreamers too.”
And the house was duly brought down. Unless, of course, you were on the Democrat side.
It didn’t take long for Twitter to blow up over that one:
"Americans are dreamers too"
— Brandon Tatum (@TheOfficerTatum) January 31, 2018
And it wasn’t just Conservative Tribune employees getting in on the “Dreamers are Americans too” love, either.
Oh, no. It went big league on social media almost immediately, with plenty of Twitterers noting that it was a turning point for the speech (and perhaps even the whole debate).
"Americans are dreamers too" is a smart line.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) January 31, 2018
— PARIS (@PARISDENNARD) January 31, 2018
“Americans are dreamers too!” Wow! The optics of this speech is devastating. Democrats look sooooo bad!
— James T Harris (@JamesTHarris) January 31, 2018
Trump’s line preceded other talk of the externalities of illegal immigration, including its effects on our Border Patrol agents, but the “damage” was done.
In terms of re-framing, this was brilliant. It took a painfully-acronymed euphemism for illegal immigrants brought here as children — “Dreamers” — and noted that there are trade-offs America has to make in order for illegal immigrants to stay in America free of repercussions.
And make no mistake, that’s what the Democrats want. While they talk about the issue as if it’s just “the Dreamers” (how many times have we heard that tortured phrase?), any attempt to enforce immigration law is viewed as if it were some sort of grotesque act of inhumanity only the barbaric would endorse.
That has immense trade-offs for Americans — financially and culturally. And in one perfect line, President Trump let America know that.
Let’s make sure they not only know, they never forget.
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