Trump Takes Oath; Becomes 45th U.S. President

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Promising to put Americans first and hold politicians accountable, Donald J. Trump was sworn in Friday morning as the 45th President of the United States of America.

“The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer,” Trump declared on a cold and overcast day in Washington, D.C.

In his speech, Trump blasted the establishment continuing a narrative that he is the ultimate outsider to politics as usual.

“For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost,” Trump said. “Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered but the jobs left and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.”

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The New York businessman defeated 17 other Republicans to win the party’s nomination, gathering momentum with entertaining rallies around the country and a strategy of pulling no punches. He defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the general election with 305 electoral college votes to become the second President of the century to claim the oval office without winning the popular vote.

“What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people,” Trump said. “January 20, 2017 will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.”

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Vincent Foster, President of the Miami Log Cabin Republicans, said Trump’s inauguration speech was inspiring.

“From putting America first with our foreign policy, to buying and hiring American, these principles should be the new President’s focus,” Foster said. “It’s a refreshing change from former President Obama’s policies of dismantling American interests abroad and creating economic strife and societal division domestically.”

Obama attended the inauguration, as is tradition, but did not speak. Clinton too attended with her husband, Bill Clinton, the nation’s 42nd President, and was greeted with boos from the crowd along with a small chant of “lock her up.” Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer was also booed from the ticketed section of the crowd during his speech.

“Whatever our race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity. Whether we are immigrant or native-born. Whether we live with disabilities or do not. In wealth or in poverty, we are all exceptional in our commonly held, yet fierce devotion to our country,” Schumer said.

Before Trump took the oath, the American Civil Liberties Union released a seven-point plan on how it intended to challenge the incoming administration. Advancing LGBT rights is one of the ACLU’s seven points.

Anthony D. Romero, executive director, said the ACLU stands “ready to confront any unconstitutional elements of the administration’s agenda – today on day one and for the next four years.”

Foster, however, said he did not foresee any rollback in LGBT rights under the new administration.

“Under a Trump Presidency, the LGBT community will not only continue to exercise the freedoms that we have won, but we will make great strides with the biggest issue of workplace non-discrimination,” Foster said. “I applaud President Trump and his transition team for already reaching out to Log Cabin Republicans and asking how he can create the most positive change for LGBT Americans."

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