President Donald Trump will deliver his State of the Union address this evening, just one day before his impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate is expected to come to a wrap.
It appears Trump will be acquitted by the Senate on both of the impeachment articles delivered by the House, but Rep. Brian Higgins, D-NY-27, who voted in favor of those articles, said the president should not deliver what amounts to a victory speech.
“Some contrition would help,” Higgins said. “The fact of the matter is even senators that will vote to acquit recognize that it wasn’t a perfect call and it was inappropriate for the president of the United States to solicit a bribe from a foreign leader in exchange for a personal favor, a political favor. They don’t believe that that would rise to the point of impeachment. That’s an opinion I guess, but the fact of the matter is this has been a difficult time for our nation.”
“Contrition” seems unlikely from Trump who again Monday tweeted that the “totally partisan impeachment hoax was exactly that a hoax.” Yet, Higgins, when asked how he expected the president to address impeachment during the State of the Union, basically said anything is possible.
“The one thing that we are pretty certain of, this president is unpredictable,” he said. “So my hope is that he would use his moment to try to bring Washington together, try to bring America together toward doing the kinds of things we need to do that we haven’t done in two decades.”
In particular, Higgins said all sides need to finally come together to invest in American infrastructure and build the economy. He pointed out when the U.S. entered Iraq its economy was 8.5 times bigger than China’s but now by many metrics is smaller.
He said re-focusing on growing the economy would allow the government to fund Medicare expansion and protect more people with pre-existing conditions, “the kinds of things (he) went to Washington to do.”