Well folks, it’s official. Donald J. Trump has replaced Barack Obama as Commander-in-chief, making him the 45th President of the United States. This harrowing nightmare became a reality earlier today, as he took the stage at his controversial inauguration to give a divisively populist and abrasive inaugural address.
While speaking to the sparse crowd gathered at the National Mall, President Trump reiterated his campaign promise to take the power from political elites and give it to the “people.” The 16-minute speech was highly critical of the country's current state of affairs, as he lambasted the educational system for failing students and factory jobs for fleeing overseas.
Although most of his speech stayed on message with his campaign promises, President Trump also made some seemingly nonsensical remarks. During the inaugural address, the new president vilified crime and gang violence despite the fact that the US crime rate is near a historic low.
He also made a strangely inauspicious and forceful comment, stating, “This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.” It is unclear exactly what “carnage” the business mogul-turned-president was referring to. His inaugural vow to “put America first” was lined with nationalistic undertones and bold promises.
“We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth and we will bring back our dreams,” Trump said.
Aside from his staunchly dedicated supporters, the newly inaugurated president was surrounded by members of Congress and the eight Supreme Court Justices. In addition, former presidents Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton were in attendance. Hillary Clinton, who bitterly lost against Trump in the November election, was also in attendance. The President expressed gratitude to President Obama and his wife Michelle for making his transition into the White House “orderly and peaceful.”
After the event, Trump and Vice President Mike Pence came across protestors as they paraded from the US Capitol to the White House. Demonstrators throughout the strictly guarded security checkpoints shouted slogans like “No Trump! No KKK! No fascist USA!"
All in all, the eventful day has sparked an uncertain era for America. Now that Trump has officially taken the oath of office under the symbolically gray Washington, D.C. sky, most of us regretfully expect the dark cloud of controversy hovering above our new president to continue to grow.