A moderate rain started to fall as Donald Trump took the oath of office and gave his inaugural address at noon today, officially becoming the 45th president of the United States of America. In his inaugural address, Trump first praised Barack and Michelle Obama for easing the transfer of power, saying “They have been magnificent.”
President Trump devoted a majority of his address to condemning the elite in Washington and others in power, saying “For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost“, continuing his appeal to the disenfranchised that catapulted the President to his unexpected political success. He continued, “Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth… the establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.”
This is where Trump seems to diverge from the so-called “typical” Republican. In his address, he seemed almost to be calling for a sort of wealth redistribution or increase in welfare, which is certainly not your typical Republican’s platform.
Trump also criticized foreign aid and spending, saying, “We’ve made other countries rich, while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon. “
“From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land,” Trump declared, “America first, America first!”
Trump ended his address with his now famous catchphrase, “and yes, we will make America great again,” but a quote more from the middle of his address seems to be a better summary of this event. “I will fight for you with my every breath,” Trump promised, “and I will never, ever let you down,” a heavy promise if I ever heard one.
We must be sure to hold Trump to this, to hold him accountable, not just as the media or as students, but as a country. Like it or not, Trump is our president, each and every one of us. Part of that means he represents us, yes, but it also means that he ultimately works for and is accountable to us, the citizens and the voters. Keep that in mind each and every time you are given the opportunity to vote.
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