If you have some time I would highly recommend that you watch French President Emmanuel Macron’s speech he gave to Congress on Wednesday. Not only was it a fantastic speech, but it’s a great reminder that, while we might be currently living through the national embarrassment known as the Trump administration, there’s still hope that one day in the near future we’ll replace this circus with dignified, professional leadership that won’t humiliate us on a daily basis.
Oh, and it was basically the proverbial “middle finger” to Donald Trump.
Such as these comments Macron made about fake news and the need to be truthful and honest:
To protect our democracies, we have to fight against the ever-growing virus of fake news, which exposes our people to irrational fear and imaginary risks.
Without reason, without truth, there is no real democracy, because democracy is about true choices and rational decisions. The corruption of information is an attempt to corrode the very spirit of our democracies.
Considering I’m confident Macron knows that Trump was largely helped into office via the proliferation of fake news pushed by Russians and even members of his own campaign, and that he’s a pathological liar who often just makes stuff up, this seemed like the French president’s attempt to take a jab at Trump while still giving him the ability to deny that he was, in fact, doing just that.
Macron also took strong stances against Trump policies, urging the United States not to abandon the Iran nuclear deal and promising that one day the United States will rejoin the Paris climate accord.
Though perhaps his most pointed comments directed at this “president” came when he spoke about rejecting extreme nationalism and isolation — two of the strongest pillars to Trump’s entire “presidency”:
We can choose isolationism, withdrawal, and nationalism. This is an option. It can be tempting to us as a temporary remedy to our fears, but closing the door to the world will not stop the evolution of the world. It will not douse, but inflame, the fears of our citizens.
Much of Macron’s speech was met with thunderous applause from members of Congress — even Republicans.
I think it’s undeniable that Macron’s speech was meant to be a rather strong rebuke of the majority of the policies on which Trump’s based his “presidency.”
Normally I’d try to predict how Trump might respond to some of the comments Macron made, but seeing as this “president” is a coward, often only attacking those he believes are in a weaker position than he is, I don’t see him giving it much attention. If anything he’ll deny the speech was a rejection of his ideologies, attack any reports that it was as “fake news,” and say his relationship with the French president is “tremendous and wonderful,” despite the obvious reality that Emmanuel Macron thinks he’s an ignorant imbecile pushing for policies that don’t make any sense.
This speech gave me hope for two reasons.
First, it was a great speech given by well spoken, educated and intelligent individual who’s not driven by hate, bigotry, racism, and ignorance.
It also served as a reminder that, as horrible as Donald Trump is, he’s really nothing more than a huge mistake who lucked into the White House that we’ll quickly be able to erase in just a couple of years.
He’s a fluke. An exception to the rule. An outlier.
Each day that passes is one day we get closer to being able to kick this mistake out of office and elect someone who’ll represent this country with maturity, honor, and dignity.
Watch Macron’s speech below: