What to watch for in Trump’s speech to Congress: ‘I want to go back to basics’
In his first address to Congress, President Donald Trump took a swipe at Democrats and his own party on Friday, saying he would use his bully pulpit to bring the American people together.
“We are going to get back to the basics,” Trump said at a rally in the heart of the Capitol.
Trump also said he wanted to “go back to basic” in the way he campaigned for the presidency.
“You don’t have to go all the way back to Washington,” he said.
“I want you to go to the roots.”
Trump made no mention of impeachment or any other action by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.
But he signaled a willingness to push for a resolution of the standoff with Democrats.
“It’s going to take some time, but I think we’re going to do it,” Trump told the crowd.
“There’s a great irony in Democrats who have been lying about our debt for years, including about our deficits,” Trump continued. “
“The great irony is, Democrats have a record of lying to us. “
There’s a great irony in Democrats who have been lying about our debt for years, including about our deficits,” Trump continued.
“The great irony is, Democrats have a record of lying to us.
I am not talking about a Democratic Party, I’m talking about the American voters.”
The president has been using a familiar playbook of using his bully pulpits to attack Democrats in a way that has been successful.
He’s often slammed Democrats as being too liberal, too moderate, too soft on crime and too anti-business.
“Democrats have been doing this for years,” Trump tweeted earlier this month.
“They have been very bad on crime, bad on immigration, and they have been so soft on borders.
They are bad on jobs.
They have been bad on the border, and we have been good on it.”
The crowd cheered, but there were many protesters who stood outside the Capitol on Friday.
“If he goes to the people, he’s going down with the Democrats,” said one protester who said she was from Pennsylvania.
“This is going to be the biggest rally we’ve seen in our lifetime.
It’s going a long way in restoring the American way of life.”