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

Siobhán Brett: 'That selfsame message - only now, with a mandate'
Trump and Melania dance at the Freedom Ball Pic: Getty

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

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...

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