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I was not planning on writing about President Trump’s incredible Independence Day speech as part of #MAGAWeek2019, mainly because I try to keep these posts historical. The speech was so powerful, though, and so educational in a historical sense, it and President Trump have earned a spot (alongside the president’s favorite food) as part of my annual celebration of American greatness.
If you haven’t seen the president’s speech, you can watch it in its entirety below:
There was a great deal of speculation going into the speech, with even conservatives suggesting it would be a kind of nationalized campaign rally, using the military and the Fourth of July as a backdrop to bolster President Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign.
Nothing could have been further from the truth. President Trump did not mention himself or his own accomplishments a single time, and instead focused on the contributions of our armed forces in gaining and preserving our freedom. In terms of patriotic appeals to our shared heritage and our common destiny, it was on par with President Abraham Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address.