One argument President Donald Trump set forth Tuesday in his State of the Union address concerned the many ongoing investigations he faces.
“An economic miracle is taking place in the United States,” he said, “and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics, or ridiculous partisan investigations. If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation. It just doesn’t work that way. We must be united at home to defeat our adversaries abroad.”
The clear implication: America cannot prosper so long as the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, or federal prosecutors in New York, or congressional committees have Trump and his associates in their crosshairs. And, therefore, these investigations should end.
But the rest of Trump’s speech blatantly contradicted that logic.
Various investigations have been going on for his entire presidency. And in his telling, his tenure has been characterized by an “economic miracle” and multiple pieces of important bipartisan legislation.
“In the last Congress, both parties came together to pass unprecedented legislation to confront the opioid crisis, a sweeping new farm bill, [and] historic VA reforms,” he said. “After four decades of rejection, we passed VA accountability so that we can finally terminate those who mistreat our wonderful veterans.”