Friday morning through early afternoon, anti-Trump and anarchist rioters calling themselves #DisruptJ20 took to the streets of Washington D.C. to protest Trump’s inauguration. Their protest took several forms, from blocking entrances and freeways, to violence in the forms of vandalism, destruction and throwing concrete at police officers. While many in the media expressed dismay at the violence, some still justified the violence as a legitimate form of protest, including one Washington Post reporter.
Immediately after Donald Trump finished his Inaugural Address CNN’s Jake Tapper called it “one of the most radical inaugural speeches we’ve ever heard.” His colleague John King added the speech offered “A dark view. Even a pessimistic view of where we are at the moment.”
This is in sharp contrast to how the CNN welcomed Barack Obama’s 2009 Inaugural Address. Back then the hosts were wowed by the “marvelous” and “iconic” address in the vein of Martin Luther King and Abraham Lincoln.
As if trying to poison the Potomac water for the new president on his first day in office, the New York Times Inauguration Day off-lead story tried to wrong-foot Trump the moment he takes his hand off the Bible: “With an Oath, Complications In Hotel Lease – Ethical ‘Minefield’ for the President-Elect” by Eric Lipton and Susanne Craig. The jump-page headline, “At Trump Hotel in Washington, Champagne Toasts in an Ethical ‘Minefield.’” The online teaser was blunt: “From the moment he is sworn in, Mr. Trump may be in violation of a lease with the federal government.” Less-hostile explanations were ignored.
After spending her 2015 summer months working with Lena Dunham on the set of sex-filled, pro-abortion Girls, Malia Obama is moving on to a bigger and better internship. This year, she’ll be working with progressive producer Harvey Weinstein.
Will New York Times columnist Paul Krugman ever recover from Donald Trump’s election?
In his Times column published on Inauguration Day 2017, Krugman lashed out desperately at President-elect Trump and his associates, calling him an “insecure, short-attention-span egomaniac” whose “administration would be blatantly corrupt.”
Minutes after President Donald Trump took the oath of office Friday afternoon, criticism poured in from CNN. Chief political analyst Gloria Border demonstrated why the outlet has the moniker “Clinton News Network” when she ridiculously whined that, “I was also surprised that in some way he did not pay some tribute to Hillary Clinton… He did not do it.” According to Borger, it would have been seen as Trump trying to unify.
During NBC’s live special Inauguration Day coverage on Friday morning, ahead of Donald Trump taking the oath of office, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd warned that the new president “needs to earn this honeymoon” and “ missed some opportunities these last six to eight weeks...to just erase the asterisk” of his election.
On MSNBC following President Donald Trump’s Inaugural Address, hosts and pundits expressed grave concern at a speech that was “dark” and “militant” with anti-Semitic overtones with the use of the phrase “America First.” Co-host Rachel Maddow seemed emotional, speaking softly about how “it was militant and it was dark, the crime, the gangs, the drugs, this American carnage, disrepair, decay” and a speech Barack Obama couldn’t have given.
ABC journalist Terry Moran on Friday offered a sneering, dark take on Donald Trump’s inaugural address, trashing its “ugly echoes” to the rise of Nazi Germany. Regarding the President’s assertion that, “From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first,” Moran slimed, “It carries with it overtones from the 1930s when an anti-Semitic movement saying, ‘We don't want to get involved in Europe's war. It's the Jews fault in Germany!’”
Let's see how the media cover this part of Inauguration Day. The Anti-Capitalist Anti-Fascist Bloc’s DisruptJ20 Inauguration protest quickly turned violent Friday morning as protestors gathered at Logan Circle in D.C. and marched down 13th Street. Footage shot by MRC Culture and CNSNews.com during the march show protestors vandalizing local businesses, destroying a limousine, and chanting “no cops, no borders, fight law and order.”
Celebs are currently taking out their anger and frustration on social media, and they might regret what they post.
As Donald Trump prepared to become the 45th President on Friday, the journalists at ABC couldn’t help but focus on every detail of Hillary Clinton’s outfit. World News Tonight anchor David Muir focused on “the statement she's making historically by wearing white.” He sympathized, “A lot of people tweeting about the fact she's in white today. Saying it's the color of the suffragette movement. As we know, a lot of women will be protesting tomorrow in Washington and around the country at separate rallies.”
In back-to-back interviews on NBC’s Today and CBS This Morning on Friday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was largely treated to softball questions that allowed him to advance the Democratic Party’s strategy to obstruct President-elect Donald Trump’s agenda.
After standing by their discredited story on Rick Perry, the journalists at the most (arguably) liberal paper in the country again showed their arrogance by claiming the country and world, would be begging for Obama to come back. In an article from Thursday’s New York Times, opinion writer Nicholas Kristof predicted that “America and the world will soon be craving that Obama Cool again.”
As inauguration festivities got under way, celebrities began to weigh in with final thoughts on the Obamas, the incoming administration and the nation’s impending doom. Director and scathing Trump critic Joss Whedon managed to reflect all of those sentiments in a January 19 tweet. “Barack Obama is President today,” he wrote. “Tomorrow the devil’s clown car opens and millions will suffer. But today is for gratitude and pride.”