Signature line from Trump’s State of the Union stolen from Hillary Clinton


CREDIT: Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images
CREDIT: Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images

According to advanced excerpts of Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address released Tuesday night, the theme of the speech is the “New American Moment.”

“This is our New American Moment. There has never been a better time to start living the American Dream,” Trump will say.

That phrase, however, was used repeatedly by the woman Trump refers to as “Crooked Hillary.”

This is an excerpt from a speech Hillary Clinton delivered to the Council on Foreign relations on September 8, 2010:


Indeed, the complexities and connections of today’s world have yielded a new American moment, a moment when our global leadership is essential, even if we must often lead in new ways, a moment when those things that make us who we are as a nation — our openness and innovation, our determination and devotion to core values — have never been more needed. This is a moment that must be seized through hard work and bold decisions, to lay the foundations for lasting American leadership for decades to come.

Clinton also used the phrase at her Senate confirmation hearing in 2009:

In recent years, as other nations have risen to compete for military, economic, and political influence, some have argued that we have reached the end of the American moment in world history. Well, I disagree…

I am humbled to be a public servant, and honored by the responsibility placed on me, should I be confirmed by our President-elect who embodies the American dream, not only here at home, but far beyond our shores. No matter how daunting the challenges may be, I have a steadfast faith in this country and in our people, and am I proud to be an American at the dawning of this new American moment. 

Trump famously cribbed his campaign slogan, Make America Great Again, from Ronald Reagan.