Trump praised by critics for ‘presidential’ tone
Trump “became the president of the United States, in that moment,” opined CNN commentator Van Jones, referring to Trump recognizing Carryn Owens, the widow a Navy SEAL killed in a Yemen raid.
Jones, a leftist radical who worked for the Obama administration, went on to suggest that people hoping Trump would be a “unifying” figure Tuesday were left happy after his address.
“For people who have been hoping that maybe he would remain a divisive cartoon,” said Jones, “they should begin to become a little worried tonight.”
The speech earned a compliment from writer and speaker Ben Shapiro, a so-called “Never Trumper.” He wrote at The Daily Wire that Trump “gave the address of his life” Tuesday night.
Quoting from the speech, he complimented the president for lines that criticized immigration for taking jobs from Americans; demanded quicker FDA approval of life-saving drugs; praised and defended law enforcement; and unashamedly praised America as a unique light in a dark world.
On his Twitter account, Shapiro also complimented the speech for being “optimistic” and “patriotic” but pointed out the big government-like spending ideas, such as paid family leave.
The speech was also praised by writer and radio show host Erick Erickson, another “Never Trumper” who criticized Trump during the presidential campaign.
The substance of the speech will be forgotten, Erickson suggests at website The Resurgent, but the president’s tone should “scare the crap out of Democrats.”
Describing the details of the speech, Erickson wrote:
The substance of his speech was not conservative. There was big government for everyone. Republicans cheered protectionism and government mandated paid family leave. They cheered further government interference in the free market and healthcare. But again, the substance of the speech will all be forgotten.
In an online commentary at Fox News, political analyst Howard Kurtz noted the “laundry list” of proposals that are a “disconnect with budgetary reality” in Washington, D.C.
Kurz complimented Trump, however, for being a “veteran negotiator” who made his “opening bid” Tuesday night.