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Trump’s victory lap part reality TV, part election manifesto

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Trump’s third (and potentially final) state of the union was part reality TV, part election manifesto, part victory lap with a splash of ‘I told you so’.

Des Moines, Iowa: It should be a week of celebration for Donald Trump.

The US President watched on as the Democratic machine melted down in Iowa last night, delivered a re-election pitch tonight and will be acquitted by the Senate tomorrow.

The only thorn in his side may prove to be Nancy Pelosi.

The House Speaker quite literally tearing up the script as the President was basking in applause.

The state of the union had already been a wild and unusual night.

Donald Trump had refused to shake Nancy Pelosi's hand after entering the House chamber.

His third (and potentially final) state of the union was part reality TV, part election manifesto, part victory lap with a splash of "I told you so".

"The state of the union is stronger than ever before", the President declared after nine minutes.

But it is also divided.

Democrats, many dressed in suffragette white, sat stoney faced as Republicans bounced from their chairs dozens of times.

At one point Vice-President Mike Pence visibly caught himself from jumping too quickly.

And Republicans have reason to be standing.

This was Donald Trump's strongest performance on the national stage.

The speech, built on a corner stone of economic achievement and the promise of more prosperity.

The President quoted records in unemployment and incomes.

When the speech threatened to drift into a conventional political speech, a made-for-TV moment appeared.

The former reality star introduced a military family before surprising them their husband and father returned from active duty.

A young boy who wants to join the Space Force sitting next to his great grandfather, a Native American airman and veteran of World War II.

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A young girl was surprised with a scholarship and radio host Rush Limbaugh acted surprised with the Medal of Freedom.

With Democrats still searching for vote tallies in Iowa, this speech was a demonstration of the Trump administrations ability to run smoothly.

And then the speaker shredded the script.

Pelosi tears up Trump speech

It's hard to know how much of Nancy Pelosi's actions were planned, but there are very few uncalculated moments.

The Speaker is one of the defining congressional figures in this generation (along with Mitch McConnell).

The President finished his speech saying "the best is yet to come".

He just didn't know what was to come.

It was the best speech Donald Trump had given and an a few quick years, the speaker had stolen the spotlight.

This election year is going to be wild.

Source: 9News

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