Trump’s Lonely Welcome
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Friday, January 20, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States at the 58th presidential inauguration, administered by the Chief Justice of the United States, John Roberts.
President Trump began his inaugural speech with a quote that is frequently and commonly misattributed to Gandhi, saying, “It was the terrific leader of India, Gandhi, who said, ‘First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they attack you, and then you win.’ Well we won, didn’t we?”
Trump’s inaugural address made it clear that he will be carrying his campaign style into his presidency. In an ironic moment, Trump took on an anti-establishment stance, stating, “The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.”
Trump’s inauguration was noticeably emptier than prior ones, with social media drawing comparisons with the Obama 2009 inauguration, which completely filled the space between the Capitol and the Washington Monument. The stands surrounding the traditional route taken by the President, the Vice President, and their families following the inauguration from the Capitol to the White House were also lightly populated, an unusual occurrence. The media’s claims that inauguration attendance was disappointing shook Trump’s administration, with Press Secretary Sean Spicer making a statement confronting what he claimed to be the media’s “false reports.”
“These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong,” Spicer said. Without sources supporting his claims, Spicer went as far as saying that this is one of the largest inaugural crowds D.C., and the world, has ever seen.
Trump’s inauguration and the events following it, both controversy and the international Women’s Marches, are only a small glimpse of what may be to come in the remainder of Trump’s presidency.
The new President of the United States closed his inaugural address by presumably, unintentionally quoting Bane, the villain from the Batman movies at the end of his final statement. “Today, we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the people.”