by the Associated Press
The bitter partisanship of the past two years is on full display hours before President Donald Trump is expected to call for optimism and unity in his State of the Union address.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday that the president talks about unity in his annual addresses to the nation but “spends the other 364 days of the year dividing us.”
Trump responded that Schumer was “just upset that he didn’t win the Senate, after spending a fortune.”
Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle were skeptical ahead of Trump’s televised address. Democrats see little evidence the president is willing to compromise. Even Trump’s staunchest allies know that bipartisan rhetoric read off of a teleprompter is usually undermined by scorching tweets and unpredictable policy maneuvers.