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    'He has already let America down': the reaction to Trump's first speech as president

    Jill Abramson, Steven W Thrasher Michael Paarlberg and Jamie Weinstein
    Friday 20 January 2017 13.11 EST

    Jill Abramson: The man does not seem capable of being magnanimous
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    His inaugural address sounded like any speech at a Trump rally. The scene was a campaign event writ large, with a massive cheering crowd of white people wearing “Make America Great Again” red caps. Like his tone as a candidate, the new president’s voice was angry and dripping with pessimism. Like his speech at the Republican convention, President Trump drew a dark picture of a country under siege from foreign trade competitors, Muslim terrorists and Washington insiders. There were no grace notes.

    His base no doubt loved it. But there was no reassurance or olive branch extended to the majority of Americans who did not vote for him. While he named President Bill Clinton, there was no mention of his wife, the vanquished opponent. There were no good wishes extended to President George HW Bush or his wife, who were hospitalized, but did not endorse him. The man does not seem capable of being magnanimous.

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    Steven Thrasher: Dumbness and xenophobia were baked into Trump’s speech

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    Michael Paarlberg: It veered from religious pieties to dystopian hells capes

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    Jamie Weinstein: A conservative isn’t heading into the White House. A populist is

    https://www.theguardian.com/commenti...d-trump-speech

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    There was something reassuringly familiar in his decree that “the people will become the rulers of this nation again,” and his promise of a government “controlled by the people”.

    “Every day, the people will rule more,” promised Hugo Chavez in 2011. “The people will be the ones who decide,” said Nicolás Maduro last year. Erdogan: “There is no power higher than the power of the people.” Generally, the greater the invocation of the people, the greater the president’s cronies will be fleecing the country. These are definitely not the people.
    a little irony there?

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    Yes. Inaugural addresses should not sound like campaign speeches. They should be free of criticism of all but common foes. They should be entirely forward thinking, and not complain about past issues — the notion that this is a new chapter and that old foes have been defeated is a fait accompli.

    But anyone who is surprised needs to wake up.

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    You'll have to pardon me if I don't trust the analytical ability of the woman who wrote this... This may shock you: Hillary Clinton is fundamentally honest.

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    The left is freaking the fuck out. yeah, we get it already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by labrea View Post
    Jill Abramson, Steven W Thrasher Michael Paarlberg and Jamie Weinstein
    Friday 20 January 2017 13.11 EST

    Jill Abramson: The man does not seem capable of being magnanimous
    Jill Abramson
    His inaugural address sounded like any speech at a Trump rally. The scene was a campaign event writ large, with a massive cheering crowd of white people wearing “Make America Great Again” red caps. Like his tone as a candidate, the new president’s voice was angry and dripping with pessimism. Like his speech at the Republican convention, President Trump drew a dark picture of a country under siege from foreign trade competitors, Muslim terrorists and Washington insiders. There were no grace notes.

    His base no doubt loved it. But there was no reassurance or olive branch extended to the majority of Americans who did not vote for him. While he named President Bill Clinton, there was no mention of his wife, the vanquished opponent. There were no good wishes extended to President George HW Bush or his wife, who were hospitalized, but did not endorse him. The man does not seem capable of being magnanimous.

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    Steven Thrasher: Dumbness and xenophobia were baked into Trump’s speech

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    Michael Paarlberg: It veered from religious pieties to dystopian hells capes

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    Jamie Weinstein: A conservative isn’t heading into the White House. A populist is

    https://www.theguardian.com/commenti...d-trump-speech
    Ms. Labrea,

    And we should care what liberal weanie whiners say why?

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    Far left, fringe libnuts unhappy with a Trump speech. What are the odds?

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    Mr. Trump's wildly defective world-view was once again on display in that speech. The man really DOES think that every other country in the world is "taking advantage of America". Yikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macduff View Post
    You'll have to pardon me if I don't trust the analytical ability of the woman who wrote this... This may shock you: Hillary Clinton is fundamentally honest.
    Proof positive the nutbags who wrote this have no connection to reality.

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    Europeans feel the same, and they've seen it before, close up.

    " ...It is rare to find a figure such as Trump going all out to not only take down individual figures, who may guilty of honest of dishonesty, but the whole political class and, in fact, the whole political system. What else should people expect from “the swamp” but lies?

    History provides ugly examples from the first half of the 20th century, when people lost faith in “politicians” and then slid into losing faith with the democratic process itself. Trump said nothing to defend the democratic process that put him in power, that led him to the stage on which he delivered his inauguration speech. He spoke just as he did on the campaign trail as a demagogue, a would-be dictator, a man who wishes to replace democracy with populism – and they are not the same things.

    Starting with a thumbs-up and finishing with a fist in the air, this was an address that failed to reassure those of us who feared the worst but hoped for the best form the Trump administration. A cold day in Washington, yes, but this was chilling stuff in more ways than one. "

    Donald Trump undermined democracy as soon as he was sworn in as US President | The Independent
    Last edited by Dangermouse; 20th January 2017 at 04:08 PM.
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