Friday 22 September 2017

A belligerent bravado undermines democracy

As well as assaulting the entire political class, Trump promises left-wing policies ensconced in right-wing rhetoric

Donald Trump takes the oath of office as his wife Melania holds a bible during his inauguration Photo: REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Donald Trump takes the oath of office as his wife Melania holds a bible during his inauguration Photo: REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Janet Daley

Well now we know. If there was any doubt about whether Donald Trump The Ranting Candidate was going to give way to a new incarnation - Donald Trump The Statesmanlike President - we got our definitive answer on Friday.

It should have been clear from the startling signals that accompanied his entrance: the clenched fists, the thumbs-up and the waves to the faithful that are normally eschewed by even the most crowd-pleasing presidents-elect for the duration of this solemn ceremony.

Until that moment, there had been a lot of persuasive criticism of the decision by 69 Democratic members of Congress to boycott his inauguration.

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