Trump thanks media for ‘great reviews’
It certainly wasn’t MSNBC and NBC News. Chuck Todd noted that Trump appeared to be “insulting every living president” and that it wasn’t “intended to bring this country together.” Rachel Maddow said “it was militant and it was dark” and that it was also “hard to hear.” Chris Matthews said there was something “Hitlerian” about Trump’s use of ‘America First.’
Over on CNN, Jake Tapper called it “One of the most radical inaugural speeches we’ve ever heard.” The network also collected a number of takeaways from across the political spectrum, with a common theme being that it showed Trump will not change, that it showed flashes of authoritarianism and that it reflected Trump’s appeal to populism. Only conservative commentator Alice Stewart gave a full-throated commendation of the speech.
Looking at newspapers, major news sites and magazines, the consensus was that the speech was dark and angry. The Los Angeles Times review had this to say about the address: “The 16-minute inaugural address that President Trump delivered was Trumpism distilled to its raw essence: angry, blunt-spoken and deeply aggrieved.”
The New York Times highlighted how “Mr. Trump dispensed with appeals to unity or attempts to build bridges to his opponents.” Conservative pundit George Will was extremely blunt in his appraisal, labeling it “the most dreadful inaugural address in history.” TIME Magazine considered it a “grim assessment of the state of the nation.”
So, once again, one has to ask — who are all of these many media outlets that praised his speech?