The Following Words Had Never Appeared In An Inaugural Address, Until Today

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That Trump's inaugural address was provocative is putting it mildly. Nowhere was this more obvious than in the initial reaction of the Financial Times. Consider the following excerpt:

For most presidents, a first inaugural address has been the occasion to set out a personal vision of the American idea. You do not necessarily lose points for failing to set out policy in granular detail. You are playing mood-music, making it as stirring as possible and positioning yourself in the grand flow of American history: reminding your audience of an essential continuity. Mr Trump’s theme was the opposite. From his first words, he stressed discontinuity: that his presidency would be a break.


“Today’s ceremony, however, has a very special meaning because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington DC, and giving it back to you, the people.”


That audience-shaping attempt, at least, had the right idea. Mr Trump made a lot of play with the second and first-persons plural: “This is your day”; “We will bring back our jobs.” But he positioned his “great movement” in a way that suggested not that the Washington government was the expression of democracy but its enemy. It was an unusually rancorous, backward look, given what he said about unity and solidarity. It was a dismissal of, rather than a humble doffing of the cap to, history.


[R]ewarmed like a tray of unappetising leftovers, were the familiar slogans of the campaigning Mr Trump. “The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.” “America will start winning again, winning like never before.” “All talk and no action.” “America first, America first.” They were greeted with what, at least on the television relays, sounded like distinctly halfhearted applause.


And here — during his sporadic attempts at the high style — were some awkwardly half-formed figures of speech. To say “we stand at the birth of a new millennium” sounds grand but, unless you have a 1,000-year regime in mind, if you can say that in 2017 you can say it any time you like. “We are one nation and their pain is our pain” would have worked if “they” had been specified. It wasn’t.


He spoke of “rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation”; of how “a new national pride will stir ourselves (sic), lift our sights and heal our divisions”; of how “a new vision will govern”; of how “we will shine for everyone to follow”; of how “the wealth, strength and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon”. Each of those phrases is intended to resonate — but each, like a bell cast with a fault, makes a slight clunk.

And the punchline:

The speech’s most memorable phrase was “American carnage”. As well as being, unfortunately, the title of a thrash metal tour a few years back, it is memorable because it sounds slightly wrong. You want an audience to associate pride, dreams, prosperity, unity, freedom, hope and suchlike with the word “American” — not “carnage”.


While we won't comment on the FT's visceral reaction to the speech (full transcript here) - clearly the establishment mouthpiece was not happy with the words that came out of Trump's mouth - and while readers can make up their own mind about Trump's address, we do want to point something out.

Like everything else about him, Trump's speech was indeed a break from established tradition, and nowhere was this more obvious than in the selection of words that had never appeared previously in any US inaugural address.  Some of them: bleed, carnage, depletion, disrepair, flush, Islamic, ripped, sad, rusted, sprawl, stealing, stolen, subsidized, tombstones, trapped, trillions, unstoppable.

The full list is below.

Indeed, the speech was so unorthodox it even stunned Trump advisor Carl Icahn. As he told CNBC, "Donald surprised me coming on so strongly about the establishment. I admire him for doing that." 

"I admire him for not just trying to say, 'Wow. Let's smooth it over. Let's be buddies.' I mean, he came on extremely strongly and he's giving you a look at what the future, I think, is going to be," Icahn added.

Icahn, Trump's special advisor on regulatory reform, said he expects the 45th president of the United States to take a confrontational approach, to some extent. Yet he argued that may be a good thing because it will promote change.

"I think you have to break up this establishment. You have to stop the perception which we have in this country that the government is at war with business, that the government doesn't like business and that's what you've had for eight years with Obama," Icahn said.

We have yet to see if Trump will indeed follow up with his promises, or his belligerent speech. We do have one last question, however: did Trump really "borrow" a part of his address from... Bane?

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Raffie's picture

I hope this is just the start of a 4 year LIBERAL @SS KICKING.

Handful of Dust's picture

Hillary and bin Bama still refuse to say the words, "islamic terrorist" despite the thousands of people they have killed and /or blown to smitherines.

toady's picture

I thought that sounded familiar... I bet a million bat man fans creamed their jeans when he said it!

Handful of Dust's picture

Breaking News:

Online retailers report an 80% return rate of jcp and walmart purple pants suits.

J S Bach's picture

Draining the septic tank that is Washington will be a smelly job and will often require using stinky words.  Go Donald.

localsavage's picture

George Will wrote that it was the worst inagural speech ever.  It must have been a great speech.  George needs to go back to sucking up to the Clintons

FreezeThese's picture
FreezeThese (not verified) localsavage Jan 20, 2017 5:47 PM

Looked empty ... kudos to the reporters that roughed it out.

Fitting to quote the villain.

WordSmith2013's picture


Trump Issues Earth-Shattering Ultimatum! Elites Don’t Know What To Do!



RAT005's picture

I didn't understand why the snowflakes were having so much trouble but now I see that is more new vocabulary in one day than the @ss kissing SJW professors teach in a 4-5 year BA in nothingness.

Jim Sampson's picture

Why is it when someone that isn't a leftist says anything they automatically say they are copying someone?  Melania looked AMAZING!!  She stole from Jackie... why?  Because she was wearing clothes?  And saying the people have the power... that's the exact thing I want to hear from a president.

tmosley's picture

If I call you a racist, will that kill your campaign?

It would be career ending...

You're a big businessman.


shovelhead's picture

The racist gold coin of Obama has been permanently devalued to 2 cents.

Save_America1st's picture

Like everything else about him, Trump's speech was indeed a break from established tradition, and nowhere was this more obvious than in the selection of words that had never appeared previously in any US inaugural address.  Some of them: bleed, carnage, depletion, disrepair, flush, Islamic, ripped, sad, rusted, sprawl, stealing, stolen, subsidized, tombstones, trapped, trillions, unstoppable. you mean he actually told the truth rather than standing up there and lying about everything like most all asshole, treasonousj, sociopathic politicians do. 

Came off to me as great fucking speech.  All those crybaby snowflakes can take their hurt feelings and fuck off...bitchez ;-)

FreedomGuy's picture

Content and intent count. How many flowery smoothly delivered speeches full of bullshit have we heard over our lifetimes? The last guy I can remember actually meaning and meaning to do what he said was Reagan. Virtually everyone else has had wonderful speeches with the substance of cotton candy.

froze25's picture

It came off as a great speech because it was a great speech.

brucewayne9's picture

clinton: If I call you a racist, will that kill your campaign?

trump: It would be career ending...

clinton:  You're a big businessman.

trump: ...FOR YOU!



RiverRoad's picture

Ralph Lauren designed her baby-blue suit.  Ironic since he has a Bush daughter-in-law.  But hey, RL sales haven't been that good lately so I guess they need the money.

Clara Tardis's picture

RL is a quintessential American designer, had Melania picked a European designer all hell would have been unleashed.

For the sake of all American men, femininity and grace may have a chance. A beautiful role model to replace green-haired, foul-mouthed, tatted nose-pierced, rancid feminists.

Ralph did channel Chanel and the ice could be spotted by satellite.

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xythras (not verified) johngaltfla Jan 20, 2017 9:04 PM

I can smell some Bannon trolling art behind the speach. Snowlfakes just got rickrolled and Baned

New_Meat's picture

You should ask Joe-Bite-Me or Michelle about "creative re-use".  And, No, Really, WE WERE TOLD that Michelle was the most amazing and classy First Lady ever!!!!  Even better than Jackie O.

On the other hand, Bill Clinton evidently agrees with you that the Trump ladies look kinda' hot.  Hillary was not  amused.

- Ned

dubaibubble's picture

after Michelle's many taxpayer provided junkets with nappy headed ho girlfriends her ass is as wide as the back of Cadillac limo


far from elegant, just a fat ape in heels

not dead yet's picture

Read the first line pal. It contains the word allegedly. In other words it's fake news based on rumor not facts like most of the crap shoveled on Trump. A gossip rag like the Hollywood Reporter is not any sane persons idea of serious factual news.

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Chris Dakota (not verified) xythras Jan 20, 2017 7:23 PM

One of the networks said his speech was antisemitic because he said "America First"

reminded them of the 1930s.

What they feeling, guilty for putting America Last like they did Germany?

bigfire's picture

Antisemitic from a man with 6 Jewish grandchildren?  

Uncertain T's picture

That's the Left.... Anti-Semitic but grand kids are Jewish.... Anti-Immigrant, but married to one... Anti-women, but employs high skill females... Anti-black, but promises to fix inner cities... Perhaps the left needs to take off the blinders.

Mute Button's picture

I guess (((they're))) honest with their feelings. 

FreedomGuy's picture

Honestly, the Left is so insane you either pull your hair out or laugh your ass off. They are always first to spot hidden meaning. I bet they also will find twenty instances of white privilege and microaggression.

One day they might experience the reality of macroaggression and see which they prefer.

El Oregonian's picture


I am coining the phrase "Snowfake News" as an homage to phoney snowflake tearbabies that have suddenly been manufactured to "bubbled up" organically.

You read it here first.

blueberry100's picture

Right On!!   " SNOWFLAKE NEWS" Good Job.

petar's picture

It finally happened. Do you realize what you have done now??

FireBrander's picture

I swear to your Deity, I fucken swear...if I hear the words "Bi-partisan agreement" come out of Trumps mouth...I will bust this fucking keyboard over my head.

DaveyJones's picture

funny about those words never said cause I bet they've been used in the back rooms for years

wildbad's picture

good on ya wordsmith. "blasting the money changers" is very apt

Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

As opposed to how full of substance was Schmuckie Schumer's "victim group" speech?

I don't care that you hate Trump or those that supported him.


Praise Trump for killing off the Clinton evil white trash.

LibertarianMenace's picture

Praise twice, the Bushes are also gone.

TwelveOhOne's picture

Yeah I noticed his inappropriate use of "democracy" to describe our great republic.

KJWqonfo7's picture

Just 800-900K of his closest deplorables.

More than Clinton (the entertaining one) and less than Obama.

Fathead Slim's picture
Fathead Slim (not verified) localsavage Jan 20, 2017 5:56 PM

Fuck George Will with a crooked cedar stick. The sooner he stops trying to write, the better off the world will be.

Creative_Destruct's picture

" But he positioned his “great movement” in a way that suggested not that the Washington government was the expression of democracy but its enemy."

And that was wrong becauuusse.....????

The Merovingian's picture

I once attended an event that Will spoke at. After he finished, there was a Q&A session. When I started grilling him on the FED and pressed on a follow up question they cut off the mic, I dropped it and walked away laughing. From that day on I just start laughing whenever he opens his mouth. The utter definition of a cuck!

FireBrander's picture

I swear, during the 30 minutes I watched, they mentioned Hillary like a dozen fucking times...who cares about that cunt? STFU!

Then some fucking asshole says, paraphrasing "it will be hard for Trump to run the country when the MAJORITY do not agree with his policies nor do they agree with the Republican Congress"....Fuck you asshole..Hillary 2%...TWO FUCKING PERCENT more of the vote than Trump...and 25%...TWENTY FIVE PERCENT... DIDN"T GIVE A FUCK WHO WON and didn't even bother to vote!


----_-'s picture
----_- (not verified) FireBrander Jan 20, 2017 8:16 PM

well she helped trump to get elected.

FreedomGuy's picture

They act like there is some direct democracy and the extra two million voters in CA will get to vote on something. Not happening, snowflakes.

The legistlative game is actually much like the electoral college. It is proportional but not exact and the Senate changes it more dramatically. Wyoming has fewer people than an L.A. suburb but they still get two Senators.

If Trump can hold the representatives of the states he took, he will have a solid governing majority.

If he starts actually making things better it will get ever worse for the Left until they can all be safely locked into a safe space room screaming, crying and scratching.

Forty Six and 2's picture

Rename FEMA camps as Safe Space Camps.

BabaLooey's picture

Will needs to spin his bow tie and fuck off.

11b40's picture

I'm not sure where bow ties are popular, but I know where they are not.  Only pretentious peacocks wear them in the red states.