|President Trump during his first -- and probably last -- State of the Union speech on Tuesday night (photo by Win McNamee via AP).|
|A photo of Trump that was published after he was fired by NBC for calling Mexicans rapists and drug runners. Same tie, same lies as on Tuesday night.|
"It would be easy to dismiss the past year as chaos. Partisanship. Politics. But it's far bigger than that," he said, according to CNN. "This administration isn't just targeting the laws that protect us -- they are targeting the very idea that we are all worthy of protection."
The Page 1 headline in The Record of Woodland Park, my local daily newspaper, is puzzling, if not downright awkward:
One definition of "tout" is "attempt to sell." But can you try to sell an "optimistic tone" or should that have been:
Trump's claim that African-American unemployment "stands at the lowest rate ever recorded" is a total fabrication, according to The Washington Post Fact Checker:
"The African-American unemployment rate has been on a relatively steady decline since it hit a peak of 16.8 percent in March 2010.... "The rate had already fallen to 7.7 percent when Trump took the oath of office -- it is now 6.8 percent."
During the 2016 campaign, Trump claimed falsely that 58 percent of black youths were unemployed -- the actual figure was 19.2 percent, the newspaper said.
See: Media rewrite Christie history