Media and political figures across the ideological spectrum lauded the President’s first address to a Joint Session of Congress.
In the biggest victory of his young presidency, President Trump delivered a knockout performance in front of a Joint Session of Congress that commentators of all ideological stripes hailed as one of the best of his career.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper called it “one of his best speeches.”
CNN commentator Van Jones, a hardline anti-Trump Democrat, said that Donald Trump “became President of the United States” during his address.
Jones added: “For people who have been hoping that [Trump] would become unifying, hoping that he might find some way to become presidential, they should be happy with that moment. For people who have been hoping that maybe [Trump] would remain a divisive cartoon which he often finds a way to do, they should begin to become a little bit worried tonight.”
MSNBC’s liberal commentator Chris Matthews called Trump’s pro-America message a “winner.”
“I thought that was a winner politically,” Matthews said. “I think it was probably the reason he was elected in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. It is his winning ticket.”
Fox News’ Chris Wallace said that Trump’s address was “one of the best speeches in that setting I’ve ever heard any President give.”
Wallace’s highest praise came, however, when he compared Trump to President Reagan. “Ronald Reagan reinvented the speech to the Joint Session of Congress,” Wallace said. “I think Donald Trump reinvented it again tonight.”
Praise continued to flow Wednesday morning, as Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO, lauded the address. Traditionally an opponent of Republicans, Trumka called the speech “one of [Trump’s] finest moments.”
Trumka also expressed hope at Trump’s proposed policies to protect the American worker, saying he was “pleasantly surprised.”
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