Donald Trump's presidential inauguration; quotes bane during speech.
Donald Trump was sworn in as 45th president of the United States on Friday.
Trump proved that his presidency would not be unlike his campaign after a 16-minute inaugural address which, of course, included a lot of talk about standing up against the Washington establishment. His speech, overall, contained a lot of the same rhetoric he used during his campaign which contains a lot of references to America as a dystopian society in desperate need of saving.
In an example of his fearful rhetoric, he used the phrase “American carnage”. This rhetoric is geared toward the demographic of people who feel steadily threatened by immigrants, gay rights, and big government which is supposedly brought on by the Washington establishment. Trump appears to that demographic as an outsider bent on saving the lower classes. The dystopian rhetoric comforts those because they believe that Trump is the only one who truly understands that America is in a dire need to be saved.
In an incident that was almost predictable, Trump appeared to be quoting Bane in his inaugural address. Bane is the villain who takes over Gotham in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Rises and the two are eerily similar.
Here’s what Trump said:
"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,"
And here’s what Bane said:
"We take Gotham from the corrupt! The rich! The oppressors of generations who have kept you down with myths of opportunity, and we give it back to you, the people.”
It may not be exactly the same but it is a little too close for comfort. Trump also made it clear in his address that empty talk was over and it was a time for action.
Less than an hour after taking the oath of office, the White House’s webpage on climate change, civil rights, and LGBT rights disappeared. Also, Trump’s first two cabinet nominees, John Mattis and John Kelly, were confirmed by the Senate.
It appears that Trump wasn’t lying when he said that it was a time of action. Time will tell if the rest of his speech will be as accurate.