State of the Trans Union
This evening, President Donald Trump will give a State of the Union address — his first since taking office just over a year ago. White House officials have told the press that the theme of tonight’s speech will be “building a safe, strong, proud America.”
Appeals to safety, strength, and pride likely ring hollow for many Americans. Under the Trump administration, the United States has become far less safe for some Americans over the last year. Transgender people, immigrants, Muslims, people of color, and women — just to name a few — have lost protections or been targeted by discriminatory policies.
The expected content of the President’s speech is no more likely to resonate with multiple portions of the population.