Trump lashed out against establishment values and globalism in his inaugural address, returning to familiar aspects of his platform including border policy and smaller government. The new President’s remarks deepened the feud with legacy news organizations, which have recently created ominous comparisons between the newly elected President and JFK, openly fantasizing about hypothetical Trump assassination outcomes. One can only hope that Trump’s actions will (safely) follow through on his strident rhetoric when it comes to shaking up oligarchical Washington status quo and fighting globalist interests.
Trump highlighted the financial crisis during his inaugural comments, reminding the audience that “Washington flourished, but the factories closed. Their triumphs were not your triumphs. Their victories were not your victories…” This recalled the role of establishment politicians on both sides of the isle including John McCain and Hillary Clinton who are accused by many of representing the investment banker class as opposed to democratic constituents. McCain suspended his unsuccessful ’08 presidential run, eventually voting for the $700 billion in government bailouts of the ‘big banks.’ He was also instrumental in the release of the controversial ‘pissgate‘ dossier. Trump’s inauguration symbolized a rejection by the American people of such insiders whose financial show they represent international interests like George Soros more than American voters.
Trump’s derision of “Washington insiders” reemphasized his status as a political outsider verses an ingrained establishment. As a former Bernie supporter, this writer has unique perspective on Trump’s populism. The groundswell of support for Trump manifests similar grassroots enthusiasm Bernie Sanders enjoyed. Both candidates claimed to represent a stance for “the people” and the shrinking middle classes against a corrupt international “elite.” Both men were disparaged and dismissed by legacy media as ‘unelectable.’ Although I have deep reservations about some of Trump’s appointees and close advisors, and differ with them strongly on social issues, I interpret the outpouring of support both candidates saw in 2016 as essentially elements of the same movement. Such unprecedented support for anti-establishment political figures on both the left and the right signifies a significant overall movement in the political awareness of Americans. The United States is collectively becoming cognizant of large-scale political corruption and abuses despite elite backlash and media attempts at censorship.
The address struck against big government and corrupt political interests. Trump noted that the inauguration symbolized not just a transfer of power from one President to another, but in his words a transfer from “Washington to you, the people.” As noted by the Intercept, President Trump and the ‘shadow government’ appear to have been “at war” in the days leading up to inauguration. CNBC shockingly lectured Trump, suggesting he should take lessons from JFK; a blunt allusion to threats to the new President’s life. CIA Director Brennan ‘warned’ Trump to stop speaking on Twitter. Trump also question whether Brennan was the source of the “pissgate” story. Wikileaks entered the fray, calling the CIA a “rogue organization out of control” in a tweet containing a video by comedian Jimmy Dore on expose of the CIA during the Church Committee.
Such blatant divisions between Trump and the shadow government bodes ominously for the his first days in office. He said during his address -“What matters is not which party controls the government, but whether the government is controlled by the people.” This spoke to the concrete nature of his standpoint against a globalist power structure in real terms. Such a stance may provide reason for hope for the famously shrinking American middle class. Unprecedented community support experienced by Sanders and Trump during 2016 and an excessive establishment media backlash all serve to indicate that the newly inaugurated President Trump will (hopefully) shake up the international oligarchy strangling America and receive massive popular support in doing so.
Trump emphasized this further in his address, saying: “the elite reaped the benefits, while the people bore the cost…” I was shocked to once again to note close parallels between Trump’s statements and those of Bernie Sanders, who repeatedly expressed contempt for ‘crony capitalism’ and oligarchical corruption. Bernie Sanders also criticized international corporations who profited by sending American jobs overseas. Trump concluded his remarks with a call for unity. If Trump’s inaugural speech is any indication to go by, Washington and the establishment are going to be more shaken up after the inauguration than in the period leading up to it.