Welcome to a new world (order).
This morning, Donald J. Trump took the oath of office to become the 45th President of the United States of America. In attendance on the Capitol steps were each of the previous living presidents -- Carter, W. Bush, Clinton, and Obama, with the exception of the hospitalized elder Bush. While none of these former Presidents voted for Trump, their attendance honored the peaceful transfer of power upon which our republic depends.
And then they were treated to one of the darkest and most forceful inaugural addresses in our nation's history, a different sort of speech for a different sort of President. Trump's tone and turns of phrase were substantially similar to the campaign speeches he gave these past 18 months, with notable allusions to "crime," "drugs," and "American carnage."
"Today, we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another, or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people," Trump said to cheers, offering a stark reminder of how successfully this NYC billionaire transformed himself into a populist voice before the eyes of millions of working class and predominantly white Americans.
"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 said. "Politicians prospered, but the jobs left and the factories closed."
The former Presidents--implicitly indicted by the speech--sat behind him, watching.
Chief among these men was President Obama who walked into the Capitol as President and left as an ordinary citizen headed to Palm Springs for vacation. After the Inauguration, he quickly took to Twitter, where he ceded the @POTUS handle to Trump and resumed his work @BarackObama, with a commitment to keep his time off short:
Hi everybody! Back to the original handle. Is this thing still on? Michelle and I are off on a quick vacation, then we’ll get back to work.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 20, 2017
While Trump and Obama shifted into their new roles with frictionless ease, the streets of Washington, D.C. showed signs of resistance. Protesters took all shapes and forms -- some costumed and quizzical, some humorous, some somber. And while the vast majority were peaceful, protesters clashed with police near the Franklin Square area, leading to scenes of thrown gates, flash-grenades, pepper spray, and police in riot gear making over 100 arrests at the time of publish. Other protesters smashed storefront windows:
Tonight the new President and those celebrating his administration will light up the city with four official Inaugural balls. Those streets will be shared by less-than-well-wishes as protest gatherings and concerts are scheduled throughout D.C., as well.
The situation in the nation's capitol is developing, as is our understanding of Trump's first actions as President. I'll be taking over @RevoltTV on Twitter for the rest of the day, so if you are seeing something in D.C., or looking to make sense of what you're seeing, join me there.