viernes, 20 de enero de 2017

Trump paints a dark America only he can save

Trump has promised to deliver on an ambitious agenda to help the ‘forgotten’ in America.

In an unabashedly populist inaugural address, President Donald Trump hammered the established Washington order and sold himself as the voice of the “forgotten men and women,” and a redeemer to a country he described in strikingly dark tones.

His promise: “This American carnage stops right here and right now.”

As he stood among members of Congress, past presidents and Supreme Court justices, Trump differentiated himself from his new peers. The first man to become president without previously holding elected office or high military rank, Trump said his inauguration would be remembered as “the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.”

It was a scorching 16-minute speech that offered a distilled vision of the radical departure from tradition that he promised voters. “The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country,” Trump said. “Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs, and while they celebrated in our nation's capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land. That all changes, starting right here and right now.”

There were brief moments of rhetorical flourish—“a new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights and heal our divisions”—but more common throughout was Trump using the red-hot rhetoric he was known for on the campaign trail. He even ended it the same way he concluded nearly all of his rallies, with a crescendo that led to his slogan, “We will ‘Make America Great Again.’”

Trump, who at times struggled during the campaign to stick to prepared text scrolling on teleprompters, hewed closely to a script on Friday that described a struggling country in almost apocalyptic terms. He delivered the speech slowly and with deliberate hand gestures.

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