Trump sticks to campaign promises in inauguration speech
January 20, 2017
Southern Torch (3791 articles)

Trump sticks to campaign promises in inauguration speech

By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Earlier today, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. In his first speech as president, Trump echoed the promises made during almost a year of hard campaigning for the nation’s highest office.

With former Presidents Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton, in attendance, as well as the outgoing President, Trump vowed to give Americans a change from his predecessors. This should be no surprise, as this rhetoric fueled his campaign to propel him to the nation’s highest office.

“We are transferring power from Washington D.C., to you, the people of the United States,” said President Trump during his speech.  

This greatly reflected the populist sentiment of Trump’s rise to the presidency throughout the last year. Many had been predicting the new president would change his tone upon inauguration day, but why should he?

Without ravenous support from ‘Main Street’ America, it’s unlikely Trump would be sworn in as president today. In recent presidential elections, hard-working people in small towns across the country have felt left out; lorded over by voters in metropolitan areas who largely vote for Democratic candidates, and therefore usually decide the direction of their state’s electoral votes.

In his first speech, President Trump pledged his unwavering support for these Americans and what they stand for, stating, “From this day forward, a new vision will govern this land. From this day forward, it’s going to be America first.” 

After the ceremony commentators from ABC News could not wait to single out the phrase, “America First,” as nationalistic, and even compared it to rhetoric from dictatorships of the past. But is it not the job of a President to put America first? As he goes on to explain, “It is the right of all nations to put their interests first.”

Trump reaffirmed his commitment to do just that. In the speech, he pledged to secure our borders, build our military strength, and not only keep jobs from leaving the country, but bring them back from the foreign interests that have stolen them.

President Trump also called for unity, pledging to be a president for all Americans saying, “When America is United, America is totally unstoppable.” He also explained that when it comes to prejudice, “When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.

Our nation’s 45th President also decried the normal politics of, “all talk and no action,” with many of the perceived offenders seated near him at the ceremony. Trump told Americans that, “The time for empty talk is over; now arrives the hour of action. Do not allow anyone to tell you that it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight of the American spirit.”

While Donald Trump, his family, and campaign staff have come far since kicking off his campaign to become the Republican nominee, he ended his first remarks as president with the same sentiments that has carried him to the oval office.

“Your courage, goodness, and love, will forever guide us along the way. We will make America Strong again, We will make America wealthy again, we will make America safe again,” Trump said.

“and of course, we will make America Great Again,” he added.

“God Bless America,” President Trump said to conclude his speech.


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