Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," called President Donald Trump's inaugural address a "primal scream aimed at Washington, DC."And I'll admit that the speech sounded populist:
"Donald Trump's speech was not an inaugural address," Scarborough tweeted after Trump's speech Friday. "It was a primal scream aimed at Washington, DC."
He said in a subsequent tweet: "[CNN's] Jake Tapper said Donald Trump's speech was the most radical inaugural address he's ever heard. I agree. It was unlike any that preceded it."
From this moment on, it’s going to be America First.Sounds as if Trump is going to be laser-focused on helping the little guy, right? Um...
Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families....
We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams.
We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways all across our wonderful nation.
We will get our people off of welfare and back to work -- rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.
We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and Hire American.
JUST IN: In one of first Trump admin. orders, Dept of Housing & Urban Dev. suspends reduction of FHA annual mortgage insurance premium rates— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) January 20, 2017
Bet you didn't have "tax increase on hundreds of thousands of homebuyers" as the first Trump Administration initiative https://t.co/RZ4WG48gX3— David Dayen (@ddayen) January 20, 2017
Feel the populism!
Daniel Larison says,
Trump presented everything in very broad strokes and gave us no sense of what he considers to be his priorities at the start of his presidency. If Trump and his advisers know what they are, they don’t seem to be interested in telling us about them.But Kellyanne Conway has been very disciplined in explaining what the top priorities are. Here's Conway today on CBS This Morning:
“But also he's somebody who has said what he wants to do. I think you've got a five or six-point plan in short order. Repealing and replacing Obama care, regulatory relief, tax reform.”And here's Conway on ABC's Good Morning America:
"He's made very clear that his priorities are to repeal and replace Obamacare and also to bring some regulatory relief and tax reform," the senior adviser said on "GMA" this morning.So basically his top priorities are ... the same as Paul Ryan's and Mitch McConnell's: tax and regulation cuts for billionaires, plus Obamacare repeal to make the teabaggers-turned-deplorables cheer even as many of them lose insurance. So much for "radical." So much for "a primal scream aimed at Washington, DC." Trump's message -- or at least the message of the Trump administration, which the new president may not be detail-oriented enough to understand -- is "whatever the conservative establishment wants." I expect that to continue to be the message, with sporadic interruptions for even worse messages.