On Friday, January 20, Donald John Trump became the 45th President of the United States. The speech he gave during his inauguration was the first time he spoke to the American people as president.
However, mixed reactions to the presidents inaugural address could be seen across the country.
Some users on twitter expressed the hope and positive energy they experienced while listening to Trump’s first speech.
Others, however, expressed the dismay and fear of the message the president delivered in his speech, and the possible direction the speech could have set America in for the Trump Administration.
The raw emotions and the extreme difference in the way people American citizens received President Trump’s speech was indicative of the massively polarizing 2016 election season.
In the New York Times article Inauguration Speech Dims G.O.P. Hope for a More Conservative Trump Agenda, written by Jonathan Martin, Martin discusses his belief that as Trump begins to make choices as the president, he and the Republican Party will have their differences which, could eventually lead to not only problems for the president, but also for the Republican Party.
“Mr. Trump’s vision will inevitably collide with establishment Republican leaders in Congress,” said Martin. “and the outcome could determine not just the success of Mr. Trump’s presidency, but also the identity of his party.”
In addition to this, the article goes on to discuss the obstacles Trumps will face if he tries to realign the Republican Party.
The NYT’s article continues on to call Trump more of a populist, than a republican. And some citizens expressing their opinions on Twitter, seem to feel the same way.
“The alarm and anxiety within the Republican Party’s congressional wing toward its own president are remarkable,”said Martin.
Additionally, other news sources such as Politico Magazine seemed to be expressing the same belief.
This idea of Trump shaking up the Republican Party, and Washington itself, seemed to be a point of consensus between various media sights when analyzing President Trump’s first speech as POTUS.
In an article by the Washington Post, reporter Chris Cillizza describes how Trump’s speech seemed to take aim at shaking up Washington.
“Trump’s speech functioned as that call to action, positing his election as the leading edge of an effort to overthrow Washington and all of its politicians to put the people back in charge,” Cillizza said.
Some Twitter users also agreed.
In the Guardian article entitled “What You Need to Know About Trump’s First Speech as President,” it is discussed that a key aspect missing from Trump’s inaugural address was the topic of climate.
“Unsurprisingly given its anonymity during the election, there was no mention of climate change or the environment in Donald Trump’s inauguration speech,” the article stated.
In addition to noticing the lack of conversation about climate change in Trump’s inaugural address, the Guardian and Twitter users alike noticed that the climate change page, along with other pages, had been deleted off of the White Houses website.
Another topic the Guardian piece focused on was fact that it was unclear as to what was going to happen to the ACA with Trump in office. According to the article, polls have shown that only 20% of the United States would favor having the ACA repealed with no replacement ready.
The NYT’s coverage of the inauguration consists of analysis of how Trump’s beliefs, as expressed in his speech, differed from Republican values. It also discusses the possible outcomes that these discrepancies could lead to.
The Guardian’s coverage of the inauguration, on the other hand, seemed to place more emphasis on analyzing the various topics covered in Trump’s speech such as the economy, national security and immigration.
Both pieces of coverage took into account the topics Trump focused on in his speech, but the Guardian dissected each issue Trump mentioned whereas the NYT’s took into consideration what Trump said as a whole and analyzed how what he said could effect his policy, and thus his relationship with the Republican Party.