posted on Jan, 20 2017 @ 02:49 PM
In an inauguration speech that sounded much like a slight retooling of his rally speeches, President Trump seemed unfortunately stuck in campaign
mode. Though some lines were superficially inclusive, President Trump eschewed a genuinely conciliatory tone, opting instead for self-gratification
and tribal signaling with the overarching theme of himself as leader of a great movement.
"You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before.
Donald J Trump is now the 45th President of the United States of America. The time for campaigning is over. We've all heard the message countless
times by now and those who would be persuaded by the campaign rhetoric have long since been won over. If Trump truly desires to expand his support and
to unify the American people behind him, he's going to need to shift gears. In order to reach that point, President Trump needs to first realize that
while he does in fact have millions of die hard (and vocal) supporters, his overall favorability is the worst of an incoming President in 40 years.
Playing to the core group of meme-obsessed politcult members will only go so far. He's already starting from a hole. Let's not forget that he lost the
popular vote by nearly three million votes. The folks who voted for him as the alternative to an equally unpopular Hillary Clinton — not because
they were enthralled by his persona or persuaded by his hazy vision of a greater America — won't keep supporting him if he doesn't turn the page.
Misjudging his support, President Trump predicted a couple weeks ago that he was "going to have an unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout for
He's in desperate need of a reality check
Here's a side-by-side of the crowd on the National Mall at about 11:30 AM for President Obama's inauguration in 2009 (left) and the crowd for
President Trump's inauguration at about 11:00 AM today
edit on 2017-1-20 by
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