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WASHINGTON In his first, fiery words as the nation’s 45th president, Donald John Trump presented a nationalist vision of America, breaking with tradition to invoke his unapologetically raw campaign, rebuke the country’s principal political parties, and offer a populist ode to the “forgotten” people who, against all odds, elected him.
“Today, we’re not transferring power from one administration to another, or from one party to another, but we’re transferring power from Washington D.C. and giving it back to you, the people. 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 told energized supporters gathered under damp skies along the National Mall.
“That all changes starting right here and right now, because this moment is your moment. It belongs to you.”
Deploying unusually gritty rhetoric for an inaugural address, Trump, 70, portrayed a bleak nation in need of saving. He described “mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities, rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system flush with cash but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge; and the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.”
“This American carnage stops right here and right now,” said Trump, the only president never to have previously held public or military office.