January 22, 2017

Editorial: A divisive speech in D.C. — but continuity, too

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Donald Trump

Trump’s inauguration speech strained credulity by promising to eradicate radical Islamic terrorism “from the face of the Earth.” Rain fell in the chill and applause was generally sparse. It came across as a reheated campaign speech.

While most of us were sleeping Friday morning, the next president of the United States was tweeting.

“It all begins today! I will see you at 11 A.M. for the swearing-in,” he wrote. The 4:31 a.m. Twitter missive then switched to all-caps: “THE MOVEMENT CONTINUES — THE WORK BEGINS!”

Yes, in large part thanks to the grace and good sense we expect from Democrats, the work maybe will begin again in a long-stalemated Washington.

“We’re not going to oppose things just because Trump’s name is on it,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Friday’s “Today” show. On certain issues, such as infrastructure and trade, “if he sticks to good values that we believe in, we’ll work with him.”

The senator added: “But on most areas we’re going to have to fight him, and we’ll fight him tooth and nail.”

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