Inauguration Crowds Highlight US Racial Divide


Comparisons between Donald Trump and Barack Obama inauguration crowd sizes ignore the fact that Washington D.C. is more than 70 percent black—and that 92 percent of blacks voted for Hillary Clinton.

While almost the entire city turned out to support the Obama inaugurations, they almost all boycotted the Trump event, as is obvious from the crowd photographs from the different events.

Above: Washington D.C. Obama inauguration crowd. Below, Non-Washington D.C. Trump inauguration crowd.

As the Trump inauguration got under way, it quickly became clear that the majority of the hundreds of thousands strong crowd who turned out for Trump were whites who had come from outside the city.

Above: Washington D.C. Obama inauguration crowd. Below, Non-Washington D.C. Trump inauguration crowd.

Trump, as was to be expected, ignored the racial issue in his inauguration speech—apart from a sappy “we bleed red” ending—but, in the best tradition of race-blind political utterances, called for a halt to the “carnage” of what he called “inner city” crime and drugs.

Everyone—including Trump—knows that this is a reference to nonwhite, and specifically black, crime.

The new Trump presidency White House website has already been updated, and under its “issues” section states that “in 2015, homicides increased by 17 percent in America’s fifty largest cities. That’s the largest increase in 25 years. In our nation’s capital, killings have risen by 50 percent. There were thousands of shootings in Chicago last year alone.”

The White House statement says that to solve this problem, the “country needs more law enforcement, more community engagement, and more effective policing.”

It remains to be seen, however, if “more police” is the answer to controlling what is essentially a racial problem, exacerbated by a dramatic growth in lawlessness which has accompanied the explosive growth in nonwhite numbers.



Other significant moments in the Trump inauguration included a demand that America stop “subsidizing foreign armies.” The biggest beneficiary of that subsidy is Israel, and it also remains to be seen how exactly Trump will square up this policy pronouncement with what promises to be a highly pro-Israel foreign policy.

The Trump team also lost no time in taking down the Obama White House website and replacing it with their own version.

Policy statements on the new Trump White House website include the announcement that the U.S. will withdraw from the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TiPP), and will seek a “renegotiation” of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

The new White House statement also said, “If our partners refuse a renegotiation that gives American workers a fair deal, then the President will give notice of the United States’ intent to withdraw from NAFTA.”

On the issue of immigration, the new White House website also reiterated Trump’s commitment to building a border wall, ending sanctuary cities, and “stemming the tide of lawlessness associated with illegal immigration. Supporting law enforcement also means deporting illegal aliens with violent criminal records who have remained within our borders.”

Other noticeable changes to the White House website include the removal of an exposition on the threat of “climate change” and its replacement with an “America First Energy Plan” which states that “President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule. Lifting these restrictions will greatly help American workers, increasing wages by more than $30 billion over the next 7 years.”

It is not only the White House website which has already been revamped. The Department of Labor’s report on “lesbians, bisexuals, gays and transgender people in the workplace” has also been removed.

* The “tide of lawlessness” to which the Trump White House website referred was well illustrated with the riots and violence which the usual suspects in the “anti-fascist league” gangs carried out in downtown Washington D.C. after Trump’s inauguration.

At least 90 “anti-fascists” have been arrested after attacking shops, cars, and police officers with weapons ranging from hammers to broken-up sidewalk stones.



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