By James Freeman, Wall Street Journal
A number of House Democrats have announced that they will not attend President Trump’s State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, scheduled for January 30. They argue that his remarks are too dishonest and divisive to justify their attendance. But perhaps they should reconsider and reflect on the experience of his predecessor.
The reader should be warned that this column will now leave itself open to charges of “whataboutism.” Progressive leftists intend the term as a slur against people who wish to hold President Trump to the same standards as his predecessors and his political opponents. It is one of the oddities of our era. If the “resistance” really believes that Mr. Trump represents a unique threat to the republic, they should welcome comparisons with other presidents as the most straightforward method of proving their case.
Apparently double standards are more fun. But before applying them, perhaps the President’s critics should watch Mr. Trump’s remarks later this month and then compare them to those delivered by his predecessor at the same point in his presidency.
Some readers probably recall that on January 27, 2010, President Barack Obama —not for the first or last time—falsely described his signature domestic policy: “Our approach would preserve the right of Americans who have insurance to keep their doctor and their plan.”