Donald Trump inauguration: Here is what the US media is saying
New Delhi: The US remains a divided nation on the eve of President-elect Donald Trump’ inauguration as it was nearly two months before when the Republican nominee pulled a stunning upset victory over Democratic Party rival Hillary Clinton. Multiple factors have led to this such as Trump’s controversial tweets despite his victory speech outlining the need to unify the country and him losing on popular vote to Clinton.
On the eve of his presidential inauguration, US media has advised Trump from becoming more Presidential in his actions to unify the nation to asking voters to give him sometime and faith.
Here are some of the reactions from the US:
■ The New York Times editorial Can President Trump be Presidential? highlights how Trump hasn’t capitalised on the opportunity to unify the nation during his two months of transition. It says, “Now comes President-elect Donald Trump. He has won the office and yet has continued his vindictive, disruptive style of politicking. He has run a post-campaign that has corroded the traditional grace period of considerate political transition that the nation needs. The hope of citizens for a better future, for a sense of uplift, has wound up hostage to his impetuous Twitter attacks on individuals, institutions and nations.”
■ The Washington Post editorial On Inauguration Day, respect for the office and hope for the nation warns that the US people will be watching his actions: “We hope that henceforth—not just in his inaugural address, but in the conduct of his administration—Mr. Trump reaches out to opponents as well as supporters. But even if he does not, he will have been lawfully chosen by the electoral college. Respect for that result does not imply deference to misguided policies or appointments… Recognizing Mr. Trump’s election does not mean turning a blind eye to Russian interference, voter suppression or other electoral shortcomings.”
■ Asking a chance for Trump to prove himself, Miami Herald editorial Give President Trump a chance — we mean it also urges the President-elect to use his inaugration to reach out to all sections of the American society. It says, “This is a president like none before, a president who has never held elected office, served in the military or been a public servant. He’s just made billions through his global empire. Disgust with Washington is largely what won Trump the hearts and minds of many Americans.”
It concludes, “Like it or not, Donald J. Trump has pulled off an incredible feat in U.S. political history, persuading millions of Americans that he can be the novice leader—the ultimate celebrity apprentice — who will improve their lot in life, their children’s future and our standing in the world stage. He can start today, on the steps of the Capitol, by saying he plans make America great for every single one of us – and then lead like he means it.”
■ The Wall Street Journal editorial The Audacity of Trump, highlights the phenomenon represented by Trump. It writes, “Donald J. Trump takes the oath of office on Friday facing unprecedented opposition but also an extraordinary opportunity. He confronts the paradox of a country skeptical that he has the personal traits for the Presidency but still hopeful he can fulfill his promise to shake up a government that is increasingly powerful even as it fails to work.”
■ A Vox article Trump wants to lead America — with a Cabinet that doesn’t look anything like it outlines lack of diversity in his cabinet, saying, “If you want to know how homogeneous President-elect Donald Trump’s picks for Cabinet are, imagine playing the hardest game of Guess Who you’ve ever played in your life. With the exception of Ben Carson, Linda McMahon, Elaine Chao, Betsy DeVos, and Nikki Haley, Trump’s picks so far are male, white, old, and extremely wealthy. Trump clearly mostly trusts one kind of person: people who remind him of himself.