On Saturday, January 21, three times as many people attended a demonstration against Trump as showed up the day before for his inauguration. Solidarity marches across the nation drew hundreds of thousands, perhaps more.
"Something there is that doesn't love a wall," wrote poet Robert Frost in the opening line of "Mending Walls."
"From this day forward, it's going to be only America first, America first," Donald Trump proclaimed in his inaugural address. As has been his habit, he added to the prepared text the word "only" and employed the rhetorical device of repetition by repeating "America first."
If Hillary Clinton had won the presidency -- and she took the popular vote by nearly 3 million -- the narrative of the 2016 election would be far different. Rather than the storyline being Donald’s Trump triumph in the heartland, with its beleaguered blue-collar workers, the emphasis now would be on the Democrats’ ongoing success in metro America, with its large share of the nation’s growing minority population. The conventional wisdom would surely be that the Democrats were likely to control the White House for years to come.
Abortion extremists are the new Luddites.
In all the media back and forth over President Donald Trump's inaugural speech, most have missed a central point: His address was infused with a wonderful sense of optimism.
“This was a workmanlike speech. It was short, and he went through it quickly, and it was militant, and it was dark.”
— MSNBC, Jan. 20, 2017
Spring 1865. The president has just delivered his second inaugural address. MSNBC provides live coverage.
Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, probably survived the grilling she got from angry Democrats last week.
As the patriotic pageantry of Inauguration Day gave way to the demonstrations of defiance Saturday, our new America came into view. We are two nations now, two peoples.
Anybody expecting President Trump to lay down arms and surrender his campaign once he got to Washington and give some kind of soaring inaugural address filled with gauzy political Pablum was sure in for a shocking dose of harsh reality Friday.