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Trump starts his presidency with a theme similar to Reagan's, but a tone far more negative

Trump starts his presidency with a theme similar to Reagan's, but a tone far more negative

To the question of which Donald Trump would speak to America Friday — the dark Trump who spoke angrily at his party's convention or the more conciliatory Trump heard in the hours after his surprise election — the answer was soon clear.

Almost from its start, Trump used his inaugural speech from the grand platform of the U.S. Capitol to craft the same vision of a devastated, decayed America that he presented when he accepted his nomination in July. The nation, the new president said Friday, was a place of “carnage.”

He devoted little effort to reach out to the majority of voters who did not support him, or to those who did vote for him but...

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