An Unconventional Inauguration for an Unconventional President
An unforgettable speech for all the wrong reasons.
January 25, 2017
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President Trump’s first day in office was marked by a flurry of criticisms and praises of his inaugural address. Definitively unconventional, both sides of the aisle agreed it was a negative speech that did little to mend partisan divisions.
Republicans from around the country generally had positive reactions; however there were certainly criticisms of the speeches’ content and style. For the right, the excitement of a return to a prosperous America was enough to overlook the overbearing negativity of President Trump’s speech.
Democrats on the other hand criticized the speech for its lack of unifying rhetoric and overly negative tone. Leftist groups took to the streets of Washington D.C. to protest the transfer of power, causing chaos blocks from the inauguration parade which ended in hundred of arrests.
An unprecedented inauguration day, the strangeness of the entire event was to be expected considering the divisiveness of Trump’s entire campaign. Most of the country was not happy with the harshness of Trump’s speech or with the unruly protesters unwilling to respect the transfer of power that defines our democracy.
Democratic politicians spoke out, notably House Minority Leader Steny Hoyer saying, “President Trump had an opportunity today to unite this country in his inaugural remarks…He chose not to do that, instead repeating the divisive rhetoric of his campaign and painting a dark picture of an America in decline — something very far from the truth, which demeans the hard work and sacrifices of the millions of Americans who have rebuilt our economy since the recession.”
Republican politicians like House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy voiced their excitement, stating “American voters have entrusted immense authority to our new president, and we look to the future with confidence that President Trump will lead America to greatness again.”
One thing is for sure; both sides of the aisle would agree that President Trump’s speech was sub-par in writing, execution and unifying tone.
While watching the speech, previous president’s inaugural speeches came to mind. Incredible, timeless, inspiring and unforgettable opening speeches to the presidencies of Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Kennedy, Reagan and Obama put things in perspective. Trump’s address will be a blemish on the history of inaugural speeches; one marred with divisiveness, messiness and tone deafness.