We’re through the looking glass and President Donald Trump is now officially in charge of the most powerful country in the world. For those of you who tuned in, however you felt about the day, the smooth procession of the official inauguration was a powerful democratic symbol of the peaceful transfer of power in an unsettling time of transition in America (think: Russian hacking, controversial Cabinet posts and conflicts of interest). Avid voters turned out in the cold and rain for hours in order to catch a glimpse of the man they helped vote into power and supportive senators and former presidents turned out en masse to watch the swearing in ceremony, though dozens of Democrats threw out their inauguration tickets in protest. Donald Trump himself had a single message for the world, though it was not the message that his opposition had hoped for: he will not change course now.
Perhaps symbolically, it began to rain as newly crowned President Trump stood in front of Obama, Bush, Clinton and Carter in front of the Capitol building and condemned the policies of his predecessors, outlined a vision of a crime-plagued, job-threatened, school-failed, carnage-ridden America, and revealed his guiding principle for the next four years: "only America first". It was a populist speech that built on his campaign rhetoric about ambitious richness and nostalgic greatness, and confirmed to the media, his non-supporters and other world leaders that the weight and responsibility of the presidency hadn’t changed him and wasn’t likely to.
Now that he’s the president, what’s next, you ask? First up is repealing and replacing Obamacare (the GOP is still working on the replacing part). Then trade will come under the spotlight, including renegotiating NAFTA and pulling out of the TPP. The Supreme Court will finally get its ninth Justice after Antonin Scalia passed away, and Republicans are patting themselves on the back for stalling for nearly a year while hoping for a Republican president. Deportations, extreme vetting and reexamining immigration practices could be next on the chopping block. Que? It seems the White House website has already said Adios to its Spanish language option, so many are taking it as a bad omen. What does all of this mean, you ask? Well Trump did not do the one thing his critics wanted him to on Friday: provide any reason to think that he will do anything to unify the deeply-divided country. Dios mio.
Looking forward to an impeachment? Don’t hold your breath. Movie for your mood: The Madness of King George