Inauguration Day was marred by more than rioting that occurred in an area not far from the White House. Black-clad anarchists and radicals ran amok through the streets, smashing shop windows with hammers and breaking up the pavement to produce rocks for chucking at police. Police sought to control rioters with tear gas and pepper-spray just blocks away from the dais where Donald Trump gave his inaugural address.
 
Veteran CNN interviewer Larry King said that he was assaulted today by several anti-Trump young people, and a limousine was set on fire. A reporter for the DailyCaller was assaulted and thrown to the ground. At least 100 rioters were arrested by police. The hostile reception was not limited to street thugs, however.
As for other disagreement with Trump, ABC journalist Terry Moran said today that President Trump used “America first” as a ”loaded term" that bore "overtones from the 1930s, when an anti-Semitic movement” blamed Jews for global strife, particularly in Germany where the Nazi movement was leading the world to war. 
 
Moran said that using “America first” as theme risks resurrecting "ugly echoes in our history."
 

America First is a loaded term

"It's a loaded term in American history," argued Moran. "Now, he defined it here as total allegiance to the United States of America, and it is something, as [anchor] Cecilia [Vega] said, this is why he was sent here by people who want to hear that message of America first.
 
"However, it carries with it overtones from the 1930s, when an anti-Semitic movement [said], ‘We don't want to get involved in Europe's war. It's the Jews’ fault in Germany!’ Charles Lindbergh led them.”
 
Even so, Trump said in June last year that for him “America First” merely applies to dealing with “unfair foreign competition” by relying on domestic energy, creating and implementing fair trade policies and regulations, tax reduction, and protecting U.S. labor from competition posed by illegal immigrants. 
 
A tweet by The Washington Magazine showed the lengths to which some reporters and photographers will go to illustrate a story that may or may not be true. A photo that was uploaded with the tweet showed photographers gathered around a refuse bin that had been thrown to ground and set on fire. 
 
 
Other coverage of Trump was critical of the content and tone of his first presidential speech:
 
Washington Post:
 
“Trump charged that both major political parties have lost their way, serving the needs of an elite rather than the needs of the public. In grandiose language, Trump sought to cast this day as a kind of restart for American politics, with everything before — Republican and Democrat — cast aside.”
 
“At one point, Trump seemed unsure of whom he was nominating for what office. ‘Ah, Betsy, [DeVos]’ Trump said, looking at one sheet he was to sign. ‘Education, right?’ He looked to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), seemingly for confirmation. ‘Yes,’ McCarthy said. It was, indeed, the nomination of Betsy DeVos to be Trump’s secretary of education.”
 
ThinkProgress
 
The leftist ThinkProgress website published several articles about the inauguration, criticizing Trump for his policy innovations. “During his inaugural address on Friday, President Donald Trump painted a bleak picture of an America beset by violent crime, drugs, and lack of education. He presented himself as a savior who will “fight for you with every breath in my body and I will never ever let you down.”
 
“The final days for undocumented immigrants to feel safe in the United States have now come to a close.
 
“As he enters the White House, President Donald Trump’s harsh immigration policies are already underway. He is expected to sign a number of executive orders that will impact millions of immigrants and their family members.
 
“It starts with getting the bad ones,” Trump told reporters in November 2015. “Day one. If I win, day one of my presidency, they’re getting out. We’re getting them out. We’re getting them out fast.”
 
Chicago Tribune
 
In January, Trump called on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to petition the federal government for assistance in stemming the spiraling murder rate. The nation was galvanized by reports of a gang of black youths who forceably confined and tortured a white teenaged male for several days, broadcasting their deeds on social media. The Chicago Tribune noted, "Trump has cited Chicago several times for its violent crime and high murder rate“On the revamped White House website, the new administration did offer its plan to addressing crime, while citing Chicago specifically as a trouble spot.
 
The newly revamped White House website declares the new administration's intentions: “The Trump Administration is committed to reducing violent crime. In 2015, homicides increased by 17% in America’s fifty largest cities. That’s the largest increase in 25 years. In our nation’s capital, killings have risen by 50 percent. There were thousands of shootings in Chicago last year alone.”
 
The Tribune stated: “The new president already has an acrimonious relationship with Chicago. Shortly after Trump took office, the White House website was revamped to include a reference to Chicago crime.
 
"The dangerous anti-police atmosphere in America is wrong," it states. "The Trump administration will end it."
 
“Trump and city officials also are poised for a showdown as the administration has threatened to cut funding for sanctuary cities. Trump has made immigration a central point of his campaign, vowing to build a wall on the border and ramp up deportations.”
 
Detroit Free Press
 
The editorial page of the Detroit Free Press was unstinting in its criticisms of Trump.  Writing about Trump inaugural address, the paper opined:
 
“And he pressed raw nationalist impulses. ‘From this day forward, it is only going to be America first, America first,’ he said, in a rare attempt at rhetorical flourish during the manifesto-style speech.”
 
Criticizing him for Trump’s take on foreign affairs and foreign trade, the editorial page editor of the newspaper, Stephen Henderson, wrote “Frankly, this was far more like a strong-man’s screed than the dawn of a new administration in a peacefully managed democracy. Kennedy asked Americans to think of how they might serve. Reagan waxed about morning in America.
 
“Trump appealed almost exclusively to a selfish and cynical notion of American primacy, and cursed the government he was just elected to lead for not pushing it hard enough.”
 
Yahoo News
 
Jon Ward wrote of Trump's speech, comparing it negatively to Ronald Reagan's first inaugural address.  "President Trump’s talk of unity in his inaugural address sounded less like an appeal and more like an imperative, maybe even a command.
 
"'At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other. When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice,' Trump said.
 
"It’s laudable any time a leader seeks to make an argument for bringing people together, and America certainly needs to hear such sentiments. But as a predictor for how effective Trump will be in continuing to lay out such a vision, his remarks on the topic were lacking.
 
"Even in Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural address in 1981, which was reportedly one of the few speeches Trump consulted as he crafted his own, the former Republican president touched on themes of overcoming hate and division that were pointedly missing from Trump’s address."
 
"And the fuel of Trump’s candidacy was anger against a roster of villains including Muslims, Mexicans, the media and so on. His candidacy drew the support of white nationalists who — encouraged by Trump’s years-long promotion of the theory that the nation’s first black president was not an authentic American — saw in him a sympathetic figure."



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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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