On Jan. 20, chants of “USA! USA!” could be heard throughout the nation, as America elected its 45th President– Donald J. Trump. Among other things, Trump will go down as America’s oldest elected president to date.
Trump’s inaugural address echoed many themes that were central ideas in his campaign: a supposed anti-establishment (and anti-Washington) message combined with a promise to transfer power back to the American people. In his speech, Trump stated that he stood with “all” Americans, and he used the word “we” about 50 times.
Trump’s victories in swing states throughout the nation came as a surprise to many, since several newspapers, news outlets, and dozens of celebrities predicted Trump’s failure in the election. In many ways, the result of the election became symbolic of his so-called ‘anti-establishment’ message. Regardless of this divide, President Trump referred to statements of unity in his inauguration speech, saying “there is nothing we cannot accomplish, together as Americans.” Alongside Trump’s messages of unity, there were also calls to end “American carnage,” which is one phrase from Trump’s inauguration speech that has recieved some criticism for being too extreme. However, as the New York Time’s annotated comments on Trump’s inauguration speech point out, Trump’s mention of carnage still “echoes his convention speech.” He has remained consistent in many of his campaign’s areas.
During the 2016 election season, Trump made a statement that almost echoed the kind of hope that former president Obama centered his 2008 campaign around. In response to a comment made by the former first lady, Michelle Obama, Trump said “[America] has tremendous hope, promise, and tremendous potential.”
However, despite Trump’s apparent reassurances, protests of his inauguration still took place across the country. As the New York Times reported on Jan. 20, “Mr. Trump dined with dignitaries and members of Congress in the Capitol, [and] the police skirmished with protesters, hurling flash-bang grenades to drive them from the inauguration parade route.”
Trump’s inauguration was a result of an election season that left millions in shock on November 8, 2016. Trump somehow managed to win many states he, the day before, was polling poorly in. Trump also managed to come out victorious in swing states that were extremely crucial to both presidential candidates’ success.
Donald Trump, during his inaugural address, seemed to make an attempt to unify a nation that many people had come to see as divided after the 2016 election. “Never forget, that whether we are black, brown, or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots,” Trump’s inaugural speech read.
Trump ended his inaugural speech, which was the shortest in 40 years, by saying “we will make America strong again, we will make America wealthy again, we will make America proud again, we will make America safe again, and yes, together, we will make America Great Again!”
– Orlando Martinez