If you were on the streets of Washington, D.C., during Donald J. Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States you would have witnessed the moment that exposed the country’s deepest divisions.
During Trump’s inaugural address, he stated, “The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action. Do not let anyone tell you it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America.” The irony that millions of protestors challenged Trump on the same weekend he proclaimed those words should not be lost on anyone.
Trump’s America was born on inauguration in a loud, angry, spasm that left storefronts
smashed and public property destroyed in downtown Washington, D.C. Cops and protestors clashed, and riot police engaged crowds with flash-bang grenades, tear gas and pepper spray. Over 200 people were arrested.
If we learned anything from the inauguration of the 45th president of America and the
people’s response, it is that there is a fight over the meaning of American values, identity and democracy.