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The Hidden Extremism Of Trump’s State Of The Union

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In his first State of the Union address, President Donald Trump downplayed or didn’t mention many of his administration’s policies. Mandel Ngan / Getty Images

  • The most important part of Trump’s State of the Union address is what he didn’t say.
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Nick Baumann, Amanda Terkel, and Jessica Schulberg, HuffPost

01/30/2018 | President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address was competently delivered and — for him — relatively inoffensive. The mainstream media and the television pundits will surely deem it to be a presidential moment, representative of yet another pivot to the center.

But one speech does not erase Trump’s record. The speech’s banality — its embrace of optimism and platitude — is a mask. Do not be fooled: Political extremism, divisive rhetoric and bizarre behavior have characterized the first year of Trump’s presidency and underlie many of the harmless-sounding proposals he talked about Tuesday night.

Nick Baumann, Senior Enterprise Editor, HuffPost 

Amanda Terkel, Washington Bureau Chief, HuffPost

Jessica Schulberg, Foreign Affairs Reporter, HuffPost 

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We Need More Than a 'Not Trump' Strategy for Real Change, Paul Street, Truthdig

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