Donald Trump gave a lengthy, sniff-filled, lie-filled, and racism-filled State of the Union address this evening that ended up being a whole lot of nothing. Within a day or two, the entirety of his speech will have been forgotten. But one key groundbreaking moment will be remembered for quite some time: when the Democratic House women took over the chamber after Trump said something that came out entirely different than he’d hoped.
Trump claimed during his speech that he’s created more jobs for women than any other president ever has. This is of course disingenuous. But there is one place where this is true: the House of Representatives. Trump’s toxic unpopularity and disgusting sexism have led to an unprecedented number of Democratic women getting elected to the House in the 2018 midterms.
That’s when some of the women in the chamber began pointing to themselves and each other, pointing out that they’re the women who have jobs because of Trump. This quickly led to most or all of them standing and collectively applauding the fact that they’ve taken over the House. After prolonged applause at Trump’s expense, he tepidly remarked “You weren’t supposed to do that.”
Moments later, Donald Trump tried to act like he approved of what had just happened, and he congratulated the newly elected women. But by then it was too late. Everyone who watched the speech could clearly see that Trump set himself up to be justly humiliated, and it’s the only moment from this speech that anyone will remember by this time next week.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report