US NEWS INAUGURATION 39 ABA

President Donald Trump speaks after taking the oath of office during the 58th Presidential Inauguration on Friday in Washington, D.C.

President Donald Trump has spent his first year in the Oval Office breaking, twisting and bending every traditional rule of presidential communication, making new policies via Twitter and threatening nuclear war and aggressive behavior when someone says something negative about him.

So, what should we expect from his first State of the Union address Tuesday?

Not much.

The State of the Union rarely actually impacts public opinion about a president nor does it have a huge effect on said opinion about the issues discussed.

However, these speeches do matter; they play a crucial role in the policy-making process.

The White House says Trump will lay out accomplishments, including the trillion dollar tax bill and rolling back business regulations.

But as far as we can tell, Trump's staff has dedicated little to no effort to rolling out his major new proposals and this will reflect in the address.

What we’re probably going to see is an abundance of self-praise, along with some possible nods toward priorities that won't convince a large amount of people tuning in that he is truly serious about them.

If his first year has proved anything, it is that there are no guarantees what Trump will do when the camera rolls.

Trump's reputation in Washington is so disastrous that no one really takes him seriously (not that many did in the first place). He has yet to take a position and stick to it, let alone fight for it. Throughout his first year, Trump has yet to actually show genuine interest in policy making.

Trump’s worst enemy is himself. The reality television star has never learned that sometimes, you just need to get over yourself. His personality and unpredictability have overshadowed everything he does.

The president can read the well-written script before him on Tuesday, and he is going to expect the world to clap and cheer if he does not start going off on a tangent or screaming some kind of obscenities. He will try to bring us all together, to say that he is with the Dreamers, that America is great again.

He will expect his sense of unity to not fall entirely flat. However, no one is going to believe him.

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