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WSJ: Trump Extends Olive Branch to Democrats in SOTU

WSJ: Trump Extends Olive Branch to Democrats in SOTU
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By    |   Wednesday, 31 January 2018 10:53 AM

President Donald Trump set a tone of bipartisanship during his first State of the Union address Tuesday night, a strategic move for the president even if Democrats remain staunch in their opposition, The Wall Street Journal wrote in its editorial.

Trump's conciliatory address might have come a year too late. The president's fire and brimstone "American carnage" inauguration speech gave Democrats a political pass to block his platform as best they could in Year 1, the Journal's editorial wrote.

And with midterms right around the corner, they might just wait for a better result rather than accept Trump's offer to work together.

"That start made it easier for Democrats to oppose him at every turn, and Mr. Trump was forced to pass his legislative agenda with Republican votes," the Journal wrote. "His approval rating is low, especially considering the strong economy, and many Democrats can't wait to impeach him after what they expect will be a takeover of the House and Senate in November."

But Trump does hold all the cards on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) legislation, and Democrats are also big on infrastructure and prison reform.

Trump's peace offering puts that legislation on the table, a solid move for him given his low approval ratings and the possibility of a bloodbath in November, the WSJ writes.

"Even if Democrats want to resist Mr. Trump from here to November, it doesn't hurt for him to seek bipartisan deals," the Journal wrote. "His unpopularity beyond his base is due in large part to his divisive persona and 90-proof narcissism. Even admirers who like his bluntness want him to behave more like a normal president.

"The recurring evidence of the last year is that a disciplined performance like Mr. Trump's on Tuesday's is no guarantee of future comportment, but his presidency and country will be better off if it is," the Journal concluded.

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