Donald Trump takes office in divided America

What happened?

Donald Trump took office as the 45th president of the United States. In his inauguration speech, Trump said: “For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capitol has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.” He promised: “That all changes – starting right here.”

Pope Francis told the Spanish newspaper El País he would wait and see: “Being afraid or rejoicing beforehand because of something that might happen is, in my view, quite reckless.”

What the media said

The Observer condemned Trump’s “crass, know-nothing nationalism”, which, it argued, appeals to “the darker side of human nature, bolstering the insidious claims of jealousy, envy, greed and hubris. It thrives on fear, chauvinism, discrimination and not always subliminal notions of ethnic, racial and moral superiority.”

The Telegraph’s Tim Stanley said America is now a divided country – and that at least, with Trump, everybody knows where they stand. “There was a call for unity in his speech, but it was unity on Trump’s terms,” Stanley wrote. America is

experiencing “a cultural civil war”, in which “People have fundamentally different world views and aspirations. Trump would be lying – he would look even more ridiculous – if he claimed to speak for everyone.”

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