With that, the nation had its 45th President. And then the rain came. Trump stepped to the podium in front of a massive crowd of supporters – though smaller than the throngs that attended President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009 – to deliver his inaugural address as raindrops splattered onto his shoulders. Rev. Franklin Graham said after Trump’s speech that “in the Bible, rain is a sign of God’s blessing.”
‘The American carnage stops right here’
Trump stepped to the podium and delivered 16 minutes and 30 seconds of pure economic nationalism – a revival of his campaign rhetoric and a rejection of much of Washington’s hopes he might change once in office. “This American carnage stops right here and stops right now,” Trump said with Obama looking on. “We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, and in every foreign capital and in every hall of power,” Trump said. “From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be only, ‘America first! America first!'” “Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families,” Trump said. The philosophies Trump espoused weren’t just a rejection of the former presidents – particularly Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama – sharing the stage with Trump. They threaten the conservative principles that are the bedrock of the Republican Party, too. An hour later, Trump moved to the Capitol for a lunch with Congress – the very same political class had just so sternly denounced.