— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) February 5, 2019
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) February 5, 2019
I don’t intend to watch, but I’ll probably be scanning my favorite twitter feeds.
Here are the members of Congress who are using their SOTU guests to protest the Trump administration's immigration policies: https://t.co/ALJBmL9Yap
— Rebekah Entralgo Fernández (@rebekahentralgo) February 4, 2019
Has anybody invited Covington MAGA teen to the State of the Union yet? That’s inevitable, right?
— Schooley (@Rschooley) February 5, 2019
Let’s check in with a couple prominent professional ex-Repubs, shall we?
Jen Rubin, in the Washington Post, “Can we skip to the State of the Union response?”:
… Trump’s State of the Union also suffers because he has become a bore — regurgitating the same points, incorporating no new ideas or information (for he is incapable of learning) and spouting the same know-nothingism. He is drearily predictable.
With near-certainty, Trump will utter repeatedly debunked lies, lots of them. He’ll talk about national unity but take no responsibility for the deep divisions he has caused nor for the racism and hatefulness he has exhibited. He’ll make a slew of unfounded foreign policy pronouncements attributing newfound (and nonexistent) respect in the world to his own brilliance. (He seems not to notice that he is the subject of international derision and an endless source of frustration to allies.)
Abrams can remind the country that we aren’t consigned in perpetuity to a president entirely lacking in intelligence, empathy and decency. About a year from now the presidential primary voting process begins. Voters will have a chance to find Trump’s replacement — someone new, interesting, grounded in reality, personally decent and inspirational. When we see the Trump vs. Abrams contrast on Tuesday, we’ll get a taste of what it might be like to have a president we can respect, maybe even admire. Abrams’s appearance should underscore that 2020 will be the ultimate change election.