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Enumerati

Trump’s Nationalist Message Is Resonating

49%

A new Politico/Morning Consult poll finds President Trump’s inaugural message “is resonating with voters, refuting the idea that Trump bungled his first speech as commander in chief … with 49% of those who watched or heard about the speech saying it was excellent or good, and just 39% rating it as only fair or poor.” “Sixty-five percent of those surveyed reacted positively to the ‘America First’ message, the cornerstone of the Trump campaign and governing posture. Americans are looking for Trump to put his slogan into action: 61% said they agreed with Trump’s plan that the federal government should ‘buy American and hire American.’”

Verbatim

The Con Man Has Reached the ‘Maximal Limits of His Strategy’

The methods of a skilled con artist have worked just barely well enough to deliver the presidency to Trump. But what happens when his grandiose promises fail to materialize? And when the aspects of his program that he never mentioned in his speech — tax cuts for the rich, stripping away health insurance from millions, massive graft — do take place? A con artist who always escaped his old victims and found new ones has reached the maximal limits of his strategy. What happens when the marks are demanding that the promises he made be redeemed, and there is nowhere for him to go, and he commands the powers of the state?

Jonathan Chait

Verbatim

Trump Lives ‘Down to Expectations’

Twenty minutes into his presidency, Donald Trump, who is always claiming to have made, or to be about to make, astonishing history, had done so. Living down to expectations, he had delivered the most dreadful inaugural address in history.

George Will

Poetic Justice

A Demagogue Crowned

The inauguration — it’s hard to ignore.
There’s pomp, there’s circumstance galore!
In the drizzly gloom,
Some read portents of doom,
But really, we can’t imagine what Trump has in store.

Verbatim

Russian Nationalists Celebrate Trump Inauguration

Washington will be ours.

— Konstantin Rykov, a former pro-Putin lawmaker and one of the promoters of an all-night party for Russian nationalists at what used to be the main Soviet-era post office in Moscow to celebrate Donald Trump’s inauguration, Reuters reports. Rykov said on social media it was right to celebrate the first phase of the “New World Order.”

News & Comment

It’s Donald’s Inauguration Day …

6887e517-3c51-4430-9014-25da4bbe512d_800Donald Trump’s inauguration by the numbers, according to Reuters

  • 900,000: The number of people expected to attend, including protesters; about half the amount of President Obama’s inauguration.
  • 20: The expected duration, in minutes, of Trump’s inauguration speech.
  • 105: The longest inaugural speech, in minutes. It was delivered by William Henry Harrison in 1841 in a snowstorm. He wasn’t wearing a hat or coat. He died of pneumonia a month later.
  • 270,000: The number of protesters expected to converge on Washington.
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Enumerati

D.C. Weed Group Has Rolled 5,500 Free Joints for Inauguration

5,500

Number of free joints rolled and handed out by DCMJ, a Washington, D.C.–based marijuana advocacy group that successfully lobbied for weed legalization in the district, reports Time. “DCMJ says the marijuana hand-out is not necessarily an anti-Trump protest, since both revelers and protesters are invited to partake. Instead, says DCMJ co-founder Nikolas Schiller, the event is supposed to be for anybody who supports cannabis reform.”

Enumerati

More Democrats Skipping Inauguration

59

Number of Democratic who lawmakers have now announced they’ll boycott Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday, The Hill reports.

Poetic Justice

But Melania Did It!

Trump says his address was writ by him, no other.
Fact-checkers get ready — this should be a gusher.
Will he cover himself with glory?
Will he tell his childhood story —
Of growing up the black son of a single white mother?

Verbatim

Inauguration Planners Replacing Absent A-Listers with ‘Soft Sensuality’

What we’ve done instead of trying to surround him with what people consider A-listers is we are going to surround him with the soft sensuality of the place. It’s a much more poetic cadence than having a circus-like celebration that’s a coronation.

— Trump inauguration planner Tom Barrack, quoted by Politico.