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President Donald Trump’s inauguration was traditional in ceremony, but his inaugural address was anything but.
There were messages of unity, as when Trump said that “when you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.”
But it was also populist and nationalistic — similar in delivery to the way he campaigned and an assurance to the core group who so fervently supported him.
“The forgotten men and women of this country will be forgotten no longer. Everyone is listening to you now,” he said.
At the start, after thanking the Obamas and past presidents, he attacked the Washington establishment standing behind him.
“For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost,” Trump said.
He described a dire picture of the country — diverging from the view of Obama’s supporters, who see tremendous progress where Trump talked of “American carnage.”
“But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation,” Trump said.