Siobhán Brett: 'That selfsame message - only now, with a mandate'

President Trump's support at his inauguration was - as ever - confoundingly white

Trump and Melania dance at the Freedom Ball Pic: Getty

From Siobhán Brett in Washington DC

The address, commentators agreed, was a stump speech. An amped-up, textbook rework of the kind delivered ad nauseam for the past 18 months. Familiar were the words, the pledges, and the two-mode index fingers.

The atmosphere on the streets of DC was familiar, too.The words used by the people who filled them were inflammatory, not celebratory. The jeering was loud and the acid nature of the idolatry was clear. On each street, “Make America Great Again” was stamped as far as the eye could see, repeated into meaninglessness.