A belligerent bravado undermines democracy
As well as assaulting the entire political class, Trump promises left-wing policies ensconced in right-wing rhetoric
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.