Wednesday 13 December 2017

Solidarity, strength, power and above all defiance

They came from all over America and they were united against the new president, writes Jason O'Brien in Washington

Demonstrators take part in the Women's March to protest Donald Trump's inauguration close to the White House Photo: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Demonstrators take part in the Women's March to protest Donald Trump's inauguration close to the White House Photo: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Jason O'Brien

Jason O'Brien

First it was uncertainty, then fear, and now it is bitter division. It's not overstating it to say the next step for the United States and its politics is likely to define a generation. So what's it going to be: entrenchment or reconciliation?

While presidential elections here are always hotly-contested, an end to hostilities and some semblance of unity is generally in train by early January, and certainly by inauguration weekend.

Not this year. It remains raw, often heated, with opposing sides alternating between shrill and dismissive.

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