What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
In Donald Trump’s case, that’s not just a figment of one’s imagination. It’s been proven correct. At the close of his impeachment proceedings, he hadn’t been weakened in the least. According to the most recent Gallup poll, 49% of Americans say that from here on, he has their approval. It’s a record.
You had to see it, proud as a peacock, singing his own praises during the State of the Union address on Tuesday, to understand that he is more formidable than ever. He spoke making significant use of some questionable superlatives and “alternative facts.” It was awful … but frighteningly effective.
The fact that the American economy is in the best of health only reinforces his aura of invincibility. (He still forgets to mention that it was already at full steam before his election, having been revived by Barack Obama.) Meanwhile, the Democrats are in complete disarray. The Iowa caucus was a disaster. The president mocked it, but it is no longer his preferred angle of attack.
Over the course of the coming months, as he did on Tuesday, he will call the Democrats “socialists.” He will maintain that if he is not reelected, the United States will suffer the same fate as Venezuela.
Trump, unbeatable? The Democrats will certainly not defeat him by tearing up his speeches. That gesture by Nancy Pelosi resembled one of a frustrated goalkeeper who smashes his stick after a defeat, not the behavior of a star player who is sure his team will win back the cup.