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President Trump this week tried to sell us a story of togetherness that involves ending investigations and resistance. But we cannot overlook the many ways Trump encouraged Americans to fall in line for the greater good.

JENEÉ OSTERHELDT | COMMENTARY

If making America great again means no resistance, we’re screwed

President Trump’s State of the Union address sent a message that togetherness requires submission. That’s not democracy.

Caution tape is seen near a giant sinkhole caused by a busted 24-inch water main that displaced 75 local residents and caused extensive street flooding in Los Angeles, California on December 22, 2018. - Crews are working around the clock to repair the burst water main which is a common problem in the city due to its aging infrastructure. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP)MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

EDITORIAL

Infrastructure Week can’t be a punch line anymore

A big infusion of infrastructure spending could be a real win for the country, but to make it happen the president needs to move it to the top of his priority list — now.

President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., watch, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Read a transcript of Trump’s 2019 State of the Union speech

The following is a full transcript of President Trump’s 2019 State of the Union address, as prepared for delivery and provided by the White House.

President Trump delivers last year’s State of the Union address at the Capitol.

MATTHEW GILBERT | YOUR TV GPS

The week in watching: State of disunion, the Grammys, and the kids of Parkland

Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert’s guide to the week ahead in television.

For all her sartorial successes, Melania Trump has had just as many fails, the biggest of which came Thursday afternoon: the $39 coat made by the Spanish fast-fashion chain Zara with “I really don’t care, do u?” scrawled on the back.

STYLE

There are no accidents in Melania Trump’s wardrobe choices

The first lady is a woman who understands the power and symbolism of clothing. And the world is her runway.

US Representative Joe Kennedy spoke to the media at Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School in Fall River, Mass.

Read Joe Kennedy III’s full Democratic response to Trump’s State of the Union

Text of Representative Joe Kennedy III’s Democratic response to President Trump’s State of the Union address, as prepared for delivery.

President Donald Trump (left) gestures while delivering a State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 30, 2018. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Al Drago.

EDITORIAL

A real infrastructure plan requires real revenue

If he wants a robust program, the president will have to embrace significant new revenues.

Construction workers stand near the collapsed elevated section of Interstate 10, Wednesday, July 22, 2015, near Desert Center, Calif.

DANTE RAMOS

Trump’s voodoo infrastructure plan

The money to pay for a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan isn’t going to just magically appear.

President Trump’s top priorities were clear in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday: limit immigration, support the military and law enforcement, ensure the safety of Americans, and maintain our strong economy.

Evan Horowitz | Quick Study

Donald Trump’s fill-in-the-blank State of the Union

The president threw out a lot of proposals with little detail. Now it’s up to Congress to figure out what he’ll actually accept.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 30: U.S. President Donald J. Trump delivers the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC. This is the first State of the Union address given by U.S. President Donald Trump and his second joint-session address to Congress. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

SCOT LEHIGH

Scot Lehigh: Trump’s address was a muddled road to nowhere

President Trump’s speech took a detour into the dystopia he sees when he looks at America.

President Trump was all smiles while delivering the State of the Union.

Michael A. Cohen

Trump’s State of Disunion

“The state of our union is strong,” Trump declared. In reality, it’s anything but.

President Trump shook hands as he departed the Capitol following the State of the Union.

Trump’s State of the Union among longest in recent memory

Only President Clinton delivered a longer address.

President Trump held a glass of water while he paused during the State of the Union.

Trump talks togetherness while pushing partisan agenda in State of the Union

There were few new policy offerings, but President Trump’s rhetoric was notably more orthodox than usual.

President Trump delivered his State of the Union address on Tuesday.

Fact-checking Trump’s State of the Union address

How did President Trump’s claims hold up?

President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

State of the Union | Analysis

Message of unity in speech a stark contrast to day-to-day reality

Teleprompter Trump, he has shown us again and again, is a far different persona from Twitter Trump.

Representative Joe Kennedy III entered the room Tuesday to give one of the Democratic responses to President Trump’s State of the Union.

Kennedy says Americans feel ‘fault lines of a fractured country’

US Representative Joe Kennedy III delivered the Democrats’ stinging rebuttal to President Trump from a school in Fall River.

President Trump delivered his State of the Union address on Tuesday.

Read a transcript of Trump’s 2018 State of the Union address

Here are the full remarks delivered by President Trump on Tuesday night, as provided by the White House.

First lady Melania Trump waved Tuesday as she arrived for the State of the Union address.

Melania Trump arrives at State of the Union in Dior, D&G, Louboutin

Wearing a cream-colored Christian Dior pantsuit, the first lady received a standing ovation when she entered the House chamber ahead of the address.

First lady Melania Trump in 2017.

Melania Trump travels to the Capitol without the president

The move is a change from last year, and comes amid a report that porn star Stormy Daniels was paid to keep quiet about an affair she had with President Trump.

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi (center) with other House members wearing black in support the #MeToo and “Times Up” movements ahead of tonight's State of the Union address.

Here’s why these Democratic women are wearing black to the State of the Union

Dozens of female Democratic lawmakers are following the lead of celebrities at this year’s Golden Globe Awards by wearing black to the State of the Union.

Junior Amber Almeida, 17, culinary arts instructor Chris McGovern, junior Hayley Goncalo, 16, and senior Catreena Perry, 17, prepared food at Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School in Fall River on Tuesday.

Fall River vocational school pulls out all the stops to host Kennedy’s speech

At every turn, students and teachers were intent on making sure the most high-profile event in the history of the 106-year-old school went smoothly.

Watch: Joe Kennedy III delivers Democratic response

The Brookline Democrat offered the party’s official response to President Trump’s State of the Union address.

Congressman wants Dreamers attending State of the Union arrested

“Of all the places where the Rule of Law needs to be enforced, it should be in the hallowed halls of Congress,” tweeted Paul Gosar.

US Representative Joseph Kennedy III is giving the Democratic response to Republican President Trump’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night.

What can we expect from Joseph Kennedy III’s speech? These videos might give you a clue

Videos of past speeches suggest Kennedy has a way of striking a chord with people looking for pushback against President Trump and the GOP.

Joseph Kennedy III speaking at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

6 things to know about Joseph Kennedy III

Here’s a look at the 37-year-old congressman gave the Democratic response to President Trump’s State of the Union speech.

Watch: President Trump delivers State of the Union

President Trump is delivering the annual address to Congress.

As Trump prepares to unveil State of the Union, Congress struggles to do its job

After the shutdown, congressional leaders expressed hope they could forge a deal to avoid another stoppage, but that hasn’t happened.

President Trump answered a reporter's question on Monday in the White House.

What to watch for in the State of the Union: Melania Trump, fashion, more

The speech isn’t the only thing to keep an eye on.

Melania Trump’s independent travel in recent weeks is set against a salacious backdrop.

Melania Trump, out of sight since report of husband’s infidelity, to attend State of the Union

The first lady was furious with her husband after it was reported that a porn star was paid $130,000 to keep quiet about an affair with him, according to two people close to the couple.

Remember that time Tom Brady was Laura Bush’s State of the Union guest?

The Patriots quarterback hasn’t always been allergic to politics.

Representative Katherine Clark, Democrat of Melrose, is bringing a guest to the State of the Union: Anny Gonzalez, an airplane cleaner at Logan International Airport who reported persistent sexual harassment at her job.

State of the Union puts Trump into a rare situation: a diverse audience

The seats of the House chamber on Tuesday night will be filled not only with ardent supporters of President Trump, but also with vociferous Trump critics.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 29: (AFP-OUT) U.S. President Donald J. Trump speaks at the swearing-in ceremony for Alex Azar, the new Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on January 29, 2018 at The White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)

#MeToo, immigrants will have strong presence in SOTU address

President Trump will deliver his first State of the Union address Tuesday night, but he won’t be the only one trying to send a message.

President Trump spoke Monday during a working lunch with members of the UN Security Council.

Trump invited 15 — yes, 15 — guests to the State of the Union. Here’s a look at who they are

Many have been selected to amplify the speech’s theme, which White House officials said is ‘‘building a safe, strong and proud America.’’

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Chris Kleponis/POOL/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9342608h) US President Donald J. Trump speaks during a lunch with the United Nations Security Council at The White House in Washington, DC, USA, 29 January 2018. Trump meets with members of UN Security Council, Washington, USA - 29 Jan 2018

What’s the real state of the union? A deep dive in the stats

A by-the-numbers look at President Trump’s first year in office reveals areas of both progress and peril.

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. as Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. listen. Trump will deliver his first State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (, File)

A Lighter Take | Debra A. Klein

The State of the Union, according to Trump

Previewing Donald Trump’s presidential address with humor columnist Debra A. Klein.

US President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 12, 2016. Obama gives his final State of the Union address, perhaps the last opportunity of his presidency to sway a national audience and frame the 2016 election. AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

JEFF JACOBY

Cancel the State of the Union

The worst thing about the extravaganza is how it fuels the cult of the presidency.

President Trump, shown at a joint session of Congress last year, will give his first State of the Union address Tuesday.

In State of Union, Trump to make case that America is back

The president intends to cite economic progress and push for cooperation with Democrats on issues such as rebuilding roads and bridges.

President Trump

TV Critic’s Corner

Here comes Trump’s first State of the Union

As the president marks his first year in office, will he shore up his base again or reach out to those not already behind him?

FILE - In this July 25, 2016 file photo, U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass., son of former Rep. Joseph Kennedy II, speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Joseph P.

Joe Kennedy to deliver Democratic response to State of the Union address

For many Americans, it will be their first introduction to the latest Kennedy on the political scene.

Amid turmoil, Trump seeking a reset with State of the Union

The theme of President Trump’s Tuesday night address to Congress and the country is ‘‘Building a safe, strong and proud America.”

Yvonne Abraham

At Trump address, Staff Sergeant Patricia King stands tall for her rights

Sitting in the House chamber for the State of the Union is a transgender soldier — a soldier the president believes has no right to serve this country.

BOSTON, MA - 8/30/2017: Speaking at the podium is Congressman Joe Kennedy III. A bus tour anchored around defending the Affordable Care Act reaches Boston, after stops in 23 cities and 18 states since it was launched in Los Angeles on July 29. Congressman Joe Kennedy III and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh plan to host a press conference, where they plan to salute those who defended the law, known as Obamacare, from Republican proposals to replace it at City Hall, Boston ( ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC 31affordablephoto

Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III’s profile will rise with Trump critique

But Kennedy, who will face high expectations as a member of a family known for uplifting and inspiring oratory, continued to insist in his aw-shucks manner that he is firmly focused on his current job.

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011 file photo, actor Mark Ruffalo, center, speaks to demonstrators at the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zuccotti Park before participating in an anti Hydraulic fracturing march in New York. Ruffalo is among celebrities to participate in an evening of speeches and music in New York on Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, a day before President Donald Trump's State of the Union address. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Celebrities to attend ‘The People’s State of the Union’

The evening of speeches and music is being billed as a ‘‘public alternative’’ to President Trump’s first State of the Union address.

Republican presidential candidates, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and businessman Donald Trump argue as Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich listen during a Republican presidential primary debate at Fox Theatre, Thursday, March 3, 2016, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Perspective | Magazine

Pay no attention to the man behind the Twitter feed. Instead, look at his policies

President Trump is a master distracter. Instead of checking his facts, check his policy directives.

Joe Kennedy III has been tapped to deliver the Democratic Party’s response to President Trump’s first State of the Union address.

Nestor Ramos

Dear Joe Kennedy, whatever you do, don’t mess this up

A little unsolicited advice for JKIII as his big post-State of the Union moment approaches.

Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan applaud as President Trump arrives to deliver his first address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday.

Eric Fehrnstrom

Trump’s baptism into America’s political religion

What President Trump accomplished last night was what his opponents have so long tried to deny him: his normalization.

FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2015, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear addresses the crowd at the Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Ky. An investigation commissioned by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin relies on interviews with 16 anonymous state employees to conclude officials in the previous Democratic administration committed

JOAN VENNOCHI

Kentucky photo-op won’t cut it for Democratic comeback

Democrats’ path to redemption doesn’t run through that diner where Steve Beshear delivered the party’s response to President Trump.

President Trump spoke to Congress on Tuesday night in the Capitol.

In break from chaotic start, Trump outlines broad agenda

The president outlined his agenda in optimistic terms as he sought to regain control of an early tenure marked by chaos and division.

An exhibit at Salem State University has been reopened after some modification.

NAMES

Salem State art exhibit closed over KKK painting to reopen

After abruptly suspending “State of the Union” last week, Salem State University reopened a modified version of the exhibition Wednesday

At the State of Union address, President Obama said he regretted that the division between the parties had worsened.

JEFF JACOBY

Obama regrets polarized rancor. He should.

Obama routinely speaks of his critics as if their motives couldn’t possibly be rational or decent.