The largest headline in this morning’s Wheeling Intelligencer proclaims
Trump Calls for a ‘New American Moment’
The first paragraph from the Associated Press story explains the context:
Addressing a deeply divided nation, President Donald Trump called for a “new American moment” of unity Tuesday night and challenged lawmakers to make good on long-standing promises to fix a dangerously fractured immigration system, warning of evil outside forces seeking to undermine the nation’s way of life.
Except that the phrase comes from a Hillary Clinton speech as NBC News and a number of news sources pointed out last evening:
President Donald Trump seems to have borrowed the catchphrase for his first State of the Union — a “New American Moment” — from an unlikely source: Hillary Clinton.
Clinton, whom Trump defeated in the 2016 presidential election, used the phrase in a 2010 speech to herald the foreign policy she was pursuing on behalf of President Barack Obama as secretary of state.
That “new American moment” was “a moment when our global leadership is essential, even if we must often lead in new ways,” she said.
By contrast, Trump’s “new American moment” is a distillation of the success he believes he’s had on the domestic front.