February 28, 2017
What are we likely to hear (or hoping to hear) from Prez Trump tonight about crime and punishment?
Prez Trump is slated to give his first speech to Congress tonight, and this Politico piece reports on some of the advance buzz coming from the White House about the tone and content of the speech. Here are brief excerpts from the report that might interest sentencing fans:
President Donald Trump’s highly-anticipated first address to Congress on Tuesday will detail an “optimistic vision” for the nation that vows to push a “bold agenda” on tax and regulatory overhauls, reforms in the workplace and a promise to “sav[e] American families from the disaster of Obamacare.”
That’s according to a list of 11 key bullet points outlining Trump’s speech from the White House that was obtained by POLITICO in advance of the address. In it, Trump will also paint his agenda with broad, unifying tones, saying he will “invite Americans of all backgrounds to come together in the service of a stronger, brighter future for our nation.”
“All Americans share a desire for safe communities for themselves and their families,” reads one of the points....
Here is the outline of Trump’s address, distributed by the White House:...
• In Tuesday night’s speech, he will lay out an optimistic vision for the country that crosses the traditional lines of party, race and socioeconomic status. It will invite Americans of all backgrounds to come together in the service of a stronger, brighter future for our nation.
• All Americans share a desire for safe communities for themselves and their families....
• It will be a speech addressed to ALL Americans AS Americans — not to a coalition of special interests and minor issues.
• Americans can expect a speech that is grounded firmly in solving real problems for real people. How can we make sure that every American who needs a good job can get one? How can we get kids who are trapped in failing schools into a better school? How we can keep gangs and drugs and violent crime out of their neighborhoods?
• The President will reach out to Americans living in the poorest and most vulnerable communities, and let them know that help is on the way.
Based on Prez Trump's prior speeches, I am expecting mostly generalities rather than many specifics on the topics of crime and punishment. But the tone and nature of generalities here could still provide addition insight into the likely direction and priorities for the administration of the federal criminal justice in the Trump era.
February 28, 2017 at 09:46 AM | Permalink
Why would you believe a single word from this conman-in-chief, birther-in-chief, groper-in-chief?
Posted by: anon14 | Feb 28, 2017 10:47:33 AM
Not much including not even a shred of truth unfortunately.
Posted by: Pat | Mar 1, 2017 7:06:18 PM