President Donald Trump delivered his second State of the Union address Tuesday, while former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams attacked the recent government shutdown as a “disgrace” and “a stunt” by the president in the Democratic response.
“We must reject the politics of revenge, resistance and retribution and embrace the boundless potential of cooperation, compromise and the common good,” Trump said Tuesday evening.
While a message of comity may be appealing to many Americans, a majority of the public consistently gives poor marks to Trump for his tone and demeanor.
In a January NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, 58 percent of Americans gave Trump poor marks for “having high personal and ethical standards.” In the same poll, only 28 percent said that they were “extremely” or “quite” confident that Trump has the right set of personal characteristics to be president.
Long before he ran for president, Trump highlighted his tendency to hit back at his foes as “a way of life.”