It’s unknown if the new president will back his words with action, but today he promised the American people they would come first. “You will never be ignored again,” he said.
In his usual, unusual manner, he seemed to take on the status quo in Washington. The slap he took at the political system must have made those of his own party a bit anxious. “For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost,” he said, “Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed.”
He went on to say it didn’t matter which party controls the government, but what matters more is whether the government is controlled by the people. “The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.”
He spoke of children trapped in poverty, idle factories rusting and an education system “flush with cash” leaving” students deprived of knowledge. He said crime, gangs and drugs have robbed some Americans of their potential.
The new President said he would put America first before anything else. “Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.”
He said America will defend its borders and stop sending dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure crumbled. “We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon,” Trump said.
He thanked the Obamas for the graciousness and aid during the transition of power.
Protesters clash with police in Washington
Meanwhile, some protesters taunted and battled with police, and while many demonstrators were peaceful some let their anger get the best of them, and in return, the police dealt with them aggressively.
Some protesters peacefully carried and waved signs, some created a carnival-type atmosphere with puppets and demonstrators walking on stilts, but still others burned flags and threw bricks, that led to injuries and about 100 arrests. Police used flash-bang canisters and tear gas to gain control over the unruly groups.
One protester, as the Washington Post reported, said “It’s a little jarring when you’re in a peaceful march with drumming and chanting and the next thing you know flash bangs are going off around you,” said Daniel Hultquist, a protester from Rhode Island. “People that throw rocks and bricks are undermining the cause.”