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The uglier aspects of his presidency were hidden for the night — but they won’t go away.

For one night as he delivered his State of the Union address, Donald Trump pretended to be the president Republicans wish he really was.

There was no complaining about “fake news.” There were no immature rants or crude insults. There were no blatantly racist comments. There was no undermining American institutions — and not even a mention of the investigation into Russian interference that he so loathes.

Instead, Trump stuck to the script — which mostly entailed listing conservative policy accomplishment after conservative accomplishment that he’s racked up so far.

He said he fulfilled his promise to pass “massive tax cuts” into law. He said he “repealed the core of disastrous Obamacare, the individual mandate.” He said he’s appointed a new Supreme Court justice, “and more circuit court judges than any new administration in the history of our country.” He bragged about rolling back regulations and defending the Second Amendment.


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President Trump delivers the State of the Union address as Vice President Mike Pence (left) and Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) look on.

All of that is true. He really has done those things — things that any generic Republican elected president would have likely done, or at least tried. And as we saw with the repeated enthusiastic applause of congressional Republicans, the party has been thrilled.

Yes, on other issues — DACA, infrastructure, trade, prescription drug prices, family leave — Trump portrayed himself as more of a pragmatist, willing to depart from the party line or compromise with Democrats. But Republicans know by Read More Here