Donald Trump’s inauguration speech yesterday was a horrifying thing to behold. A fascist war-cry, it painted a dark and disturbing vision of the United States that had little to do with reality. It was peppered with anti-Semitic dog-whistles – like the use of “America First,” the pro-Nazi isolationist slogan used by groups who fought to keep the United States from entering the Second World War – and heavily laden with the imagery of destruction:
Trump's speech notable for death and decay imagery: blood, carnage, tombstones. Welcome to dystopia. pic.twitter.com/3A4BA3MCR8
— Ruth Ben-Ghiat (@ruthbenghiat) January 20, 2017
Number of times Donald J. Trump mentioned or invoked the “Constitution” in his inaugural address: 0
Number of times Donald J. Trump mentioned the “law” or “rule of law” in his inaugural address: 1 (in reference to the police)
Number of times Donald J. Trump mentioned the word “democracy” in his inaugural address: 0
Number of times Donald J. Trump mentioned the word “freedom” in his inaugural address: 1
Number of times Donald J. Trump mentioned the word “liberty” in his inaugural address: 0
Number of times Donald J. Trump mentioned the word “equality” in his inaugural address: 0
Number of times Donald J. Trump mentioned the word “justice” in his inaugural address: 1 (in reference to Chief Justice John Roberts)
Rife with populist lies, it was declared “dreadful” by conservative commentator George Will and “Hitlerian” by MSNBC’s Chris Mattews. But it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, since it wasn’t written by Trump himself – shocking, I know – but in fact by avowed white supremacist Steven Bannon and Steve Miller, former aide to open racist Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), even though Trump literally tweeted out a picture of himself ostensibly “writing” his speech on a blank legal pad with a Sharpie.
It’s a clear signal of how much influence the white supremacy movement has within the Donald Trump White House, a revelation that should outrage each and every one of us. Trump is well-known for saying one thing and doing the exact opposite, proving it once again by proclaiming that the government would now be working for “the people” and then almost immediately repealing a mortgage tax break for first-time home buyers. When Trump promises that “we are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people,” we only need look at the billionaires and Goldman Sachs execs in his cabinet to know he’s lying through his teeth.
Welcome to Trump’s America, where 2+2=5, we’ve always been at war with Eastasia, and the truth is whatever he says it is. This is not normal, and we cannot afford to treat it as such.
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.