The people didn’t come

In his inauguration speech Donald trump said “You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before.”

It’s not clear exactly what he was referring to there. But it appears to not be about the crowd at his inauguration.

From Vox: Photos: the crowd at Donald Trump’s inauguration vs. Barack Obama’s

Taken at about 11:30 AM ET in 2009 at Barack Obama’s inauguration:

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Taken at about 11:04 AM ET in 2017 at Donald Trump’s inauguration:

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Federal and local agencies have estimated that anywhere from 700,000 to 900,000 people will be in Washington, DC, today for Trump’s inauguration. That’s roughly half the number of people who attended Obama’s inauguration in 2009. It’s also less than the turnout for Obama’s 2013 inauguration, which drew 1 million people.

Trump has a lot to do if he wants to be a popular president.

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  1. Gezza

     /  21st January 2017

    Telling.

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    • Conspiratoor

       /  21st January 2017

      You haven’t lived till you’ve rolled into town on a harley with the brothers G. I would have been there if schedule allowed.. Shoulder to shoulder with 5,000 biker brothers for Trump. Thundering across the Potomac through Georgetown into Washington on the eglide with the moll ridin shotgun in the bosun’s chair. Ready to step in to assist the police if the snowflakes got too rowdy. The stuff wet dreams are made of. Cheers,c

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      • Gezza

         /  21st January 2017

        Downtick means you like it, right? iirc.

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        • Conspiratoor

           /  21st January 2017

          Nice G, but only after 10. You know the rules.
          The big Harley has a set of 80watt Harmon Kardons. Its 120F in the desert, 110mph and buddy cranked to the max. Ain’t nuthin like it. Enjoy

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    • David

       /  21st January 2017

      Yes, it is telling.

      People who voted for Trump have lives to get on with and don’t feel the need to travel thousands of miles for an ‘event’.

      Votes for Obama had nothing better to do…

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  2. David

     /  21st January 2017

    He wants to be an effective President, his popularity will never be on display in Washington but was clearly evident when he packed venues throughout the country, which will make quite a change.

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  3. Brown

     /  21st January 2017

    Maybe Trump supporters have e looking for jobs and that got in the way?

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    • Brown

       /  21st January 2017

      Bloody keyboard!

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  21st January 2017

        Maybe it was rigged, like the election, the news, the polls….

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        • Pickled Possum

           /  21st January 2017

          Maybe Miss we will find out when the CIA release all the emails in 20 years time, just how rigged it was.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  21st January 2017

            Maybe DT hopes that everyone will have forgotten long before then, and they probably will have. By then he will be a bad memory that people won’t want to think about if they can help it, so it’s immaterial.

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  4. Someone who wasn’t allowed to be there: Designated survivor Jeh Johnson
    http://edition.cnn.com/6284ed54-1cc5-416f-9bca-ec572e549827
    Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is not at the ceremony so he would become the so-called “designated survivor” if something were to happen at the inauguration.

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  5. lurcher1948

     /  21st January 2017

    White mans party

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  6. Conspiratoor

     /  21st January 2017

    There could have been a reason they didn’t come pg. Perhaps they didn’t want to be spat at, abused and assaulted by a bunch of sore losers who have decided vandalism is their thing

    https://news.google.com/news/amp?caurl=https%3A%2F%2Famp.cnn.com%2Fcnn%2F2017%2F01%2F19%2Fpolitics%2Ftrump-inauguration-protests-womens-march%2Findex.html#a-64ac9b52-a44c-4f99-a39b-938574614f6d

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    • Gezza

       /  21st January 2017

      Gave the toast another few seconds as not quite brown enough c. Smoke alarm working brilliantly.

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    • I presume there are many reasons why people didn’t turn up.

      Blaming it on a few protesters seems a bit sore.

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    • I don’t agree with the protests during the inauguration, seems pointless protesting against things that haven’t been done and may never be done.

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      • David

         /  21st January 2017

        Pointless protesting is all many of these people are capable of.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  21st January 2017

          Not at all. Trump has 40% support now. The protestors dislike his sexism, his outright lies, his nepotism, his disregard for the law, his childish spite, his lack of dignity….his attention span is non-existent. One day he spoke about the Berlin market attack, saying that it was an attack on Christianity…the next day, when someone mentioned the attack upon Christianity, his response was ‘Who said that ? When was it said ?’

          Even his supporters must be getting the message that his election promises won’t be happening. They chanted ‘Lock her up ! Lock her up ! Lock her up !’ like Germans at a Nuremberg rally. Oh, yes, it would be one of the first things he did. Lame excuses were made for not going ahead with something that was never going to succeed.

          The wall was never going to be fencing….now, if it happens, it will be. It goes on. The man is a liability.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  21st January 2017

            In November he was saying that the Electoral College was a disaster for democracy.

            Littera scripta manet; it’s as true as it was thousands of years ago, but people still don’t get it.

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            • Gezza

               /  21st January 2017

              They just can’t be stuffed looking up a Latin translation into English, that’s why Kitty

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  21st January 2017

              Trump counts on his groupies have short attention spans and not noticing these things. If people do, he denies that he said whatever it was.

            • patupaiarehe

               /  21st January 2017

              Written letter remains

              I could ‘be stuffed’, and that’s what google thinks it means. My eldest boy is learning Latin (because clever people need to learn a dead language, apparently) and I’m finding it rather interesting to see some of the ‘parallels’ with English. For example, ‘veritas’ being ‘truth’, and if you ‘verify’ a fact in English, you are making sure it is correct.

            • Gezza

               /  21st January 2017

              Start tensing verbs & constructing sentences. The blighters almost talked backwards. If wasn’t for a few miserable letters in the alphabet they wouldn’t have been able to work out what century it was. Good roads, temples, theatres, stadiums, statues n stuff though. Buggers for taking over the whole shebang if they liked the look of a place.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  21st January 2017

              Have you heard of the Romance languages, patu? Most of their words have Latin roots. And since English has taken in so many sources, so do many of its words.

              https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romance_languages

            • Gezza

               /  21st January 2017

              Imagine the poor kids at school learning how to count, Al.
              eye
              eye eye
              eye eye eye
              eye vee
              vee
              vee eye
              vee eye eye
              vee eye eye eye
              eye ex
              ex
              ex eye
              etc

              Times tables must have been a nightmare.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  21st January 2017

              It’s fascinating to see how many words are descended from it. Verity and veritable and even very-as in ‘the very thing’.-and verily also come from veritas. Canine from canis, feline from felis, filial from filius, virile from vir, feminine from femina….it goes on and on. .

              Tell him that there was a man in England called Longbottom (it’s a true story) and, being a witty man, he left instructions that his tombstone should have ‘Ars Longa, Vita Brevis ‘ on it..

              Ask him ‘Quando ianua ianua non est ?’ and ‘Quis fulvus et tenax est ?’

              (A-‘Quando semi-apertus est’ * and ‘Fustis est.’)

              * or, as a friend said ‘Quando amphora est’. Needless to say that no Roman would have found these even remotely amusing. I’d love to see the childish writing on a temple wall in Pompeii ‘Gaius asinus est.’

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  21st January 2017

              The principle of never putting it in writing is eternal. .

              Really, Gezza, you must know that they would have read them as unus, duo, tre, quattuor, quinque, sex, septem, octo, novem, decem….

              Try multiplying CCDCXXVII by CMXCVIII (without changing it into Arab numerals and back)

            • patupaiarehe

               /  21st January 2017

              @ Alan
              I have now, thanks for that 🙂

            • Gezza

               /  21st January 2017

              “Try multiplying CCDCXXVII by CMXCVIII (without changing it into Arab numerals and back)”

              My calculator was useless !

              I am afraid one year of Latin was my limit Kitty. Preferred French, probably from the way it sounded. My Latin learning experience was somewhat hindered by mutual loathing between myself and the teacher, Cabbage.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  21st January 2017

              I did one of these once, so I don’t need to do another-it was terrible. CCDCXXVII x VIII isn’t too bad….but then….carrying numbers in an equation like this isn’t easy.

            • Gezza

               /  21st January 2017

              Interestingly, although Cabbage was so hopelessly in love with Latin & the ancient Romans it was almost obscene, I remember him telling us that in his view English owed a lot more of its vocab to Germanic words than was generally realised. Mind you, he was a dipstick.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  21st January 2017

              Can’t have been if he was a Classicist. There are a lot of Germanic words-and German itself (the world’s ugliest language with the ugliest Germanic words carefully preserved therein) is full of ‘false friends’..

              Melvyn Bragg’s The Adventure of English is a wonderful treasure for anyonr who loves etymology.

            • Gezza

               /  21st January 2017

              You’re up late. Reading any good books?

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  21st January 2017

              I have just fiished The Well of Loneliness (after two Radclyffe Hall bios) and Tell England before that and AN Wilson’s After the Victorians before that. I am about to reread the history of Johnson’s Dictionary-Henry Hitchings, another great book.

            • Gezza

               /  21st January 2017

              They sound wonderfully informative. Do Readers Digest have any condensed versions ?

              Do you ever read the letters in Woman’s Weekly or New idea, out of interest?

            • Gezza

               /  22nd January 2017

              Sorry Kitty, that was just a bit of a tease. Truth be told I wish I had your dedication to learning other languages & the multi-lingual abilities you and my tuakana possess.

              I also enjoy your exquisite knowledge of English & its vocab & forms.
              While my passion is music & playing it takes up a good chunk of my time for relaxation & enjoyment, so I don’t have your abiding interest in the Classics & the origins & history of the English language, I understand & respect just how much you do. And I also love our language, immensely.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  22nd January 2017

              The Johnson book is fascinating ! Here’s one of SJ’s quotes….

              ‘Effeminate he sat, and quiet/Strange product of a cheesecake diet.’

              What ? Where’s it from ? Who was this person who had a cheesecake diet ?

              Chiminage is the technical term for a toll through a wood or forest and bicipitous is a word for having two heads. An amorticulist is a small and insignificant lover. Oh, why did these words fade into obscurity ?

              There are about 1000 herrings in any given barrel. Millipedes swallowed whole are a laxative (an emetic, too, I imagine)

              Aqua fortis is nitric acid, and at least one person thought that it was what it sounded like-strong water and suffered as a result. (tries not to laugh)

              Anatiferous means ‘producing ducks’. Like some cricketers, I imagine 😀 😀 😀

              I want a Johnson’s dictionary.

  7. lurcher1948

     /  21st January 2017

    Watching a riot taking place,lots of blood going to be shed over the next 4 years or untell Trump dies of lead poisoning…

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  8. unitedtribes2

     /  21st January 2017

    If he dose nothing else I hope he dose this
    ““We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate from the face of the Earth,” Trump”

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    • I think that promise will be impossible to achieve. Syria, Russia, the US, Turkey, France, Germany, Australia and the UK have been trying to do that already.

      I don’t think Trump has a magic wipe out wand.

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      • unitedtribes2

         /  21st January 2017

        He’s got the guts to actually mention radical Islam

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  21st January 2017

          So have many thousands (millions ?) of other people, it hardly takes guts to repeat words that have been used for decades.

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          • Pickled Possum

             /  21st January 2017

            Miss I feel it does take guts to mention radical Islam, as they have been proven to be an unbalanced lot.

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  21st January 2017

              There must be a lot of people with guts, then. It’s incredibly unoriginal. It was being said decades ago.

  9. Alan Wilkinson

     /  21st January 2017

    Take a look at the charts in this article, particularly the mega city votes:
    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/01/20/how_trump_won_–_conclusions_132846.html

    Given that pattern a big city turnout for the Democrats is always going to be a given.

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  10. Anonymous Coward

     /  21st January 2017

    Where does a new President go to get an inauguration photo for his twitter account?
    Let’s use the one that’s got people in it….no one will notice that it’s from Barack Obama’s, will they? Oh, shit, change it quick.

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2017/01/20/donald_trump_s_new_twitter_background_is_a_photo_from_the_inauguration_of.html

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  21st January 2017

      Thousands of tweets from people who recognised themselves in the photo later…

      It’s been replaced with what looks like one of the new waxwork and probably is 😀 😀 😀

      Ginger, you’re barmy/Go and join the army.

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  11. Crowd numbers are often contentious, but here are estimated numbers going back to Reagan:

    Barack Obama, 2013: 1 million

    Barack Obama, 2009: 1.8 million (generally considered a record for people on the National Mall)

    George W. Bush, 2005: 400,000

    George W. Bush, 2001: 300,000

    Bill Clinton, 1997: 250,000

    Bill Clinton, 1993: 800,000

    George H.W. Bush, 1989: 300,000

    Ronald Reagan, 1985: 140,000 tickets sold, but record cold moved the swearing-in ceremony indoors

    Ronald Reagan, 1981: 10,000, according to the New York Times. This was the first year the ceremony was performed on the west side of the Capitol.

    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2017/jan/20/inaugural-crowd-sizes-ranked/

    So generally they have been growing, but Obama’s crowds were a big jump up.

    Alll this wouldn’t matter much, but Trump set himself up for comparison when he said has that his inauguration would draw “unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout.”

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  12. I really don’t understand the fascination with the numbers that did or didn’t attend. What does it prove? He won the Presidential race, his opponents have not accepted that and have indicated protest action, others have promised to oppose the protests. In a scenario like that would you not stay at home and watch events on TV? Me, I am waiting for the announcements of policy changes and then I can judge for myself the merits of the policies.

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    • Here’s one policy already announced:

      The Trump administration intends to develop a “state of the art” missile defense system to protect against attacks from Iran and North Korea, the White House said in a policy position posted on its website on Friday.

      The statement, posted on the White House website within minutes of Donald Trump’s inauguration, did not provide details on whether the system would differ from those already under development, its cost or how it would be paid for.

      http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-missile-idUSKBN1542GH

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      • He is channeling Reagan…. Star Wars redux anyone. Reagan Democrat votes in Michigan, Make America great rhetoric, now this. He has read the play book but doesn’t have the old boys acting charm.

        And the US has been pursuing Anti Ballistic Missile Defense systems for decades – it gives the Rus et al the willies because it unbalances the MAD doctrine if the US has an effective shield from which to conduct a first strike behind…

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        • David

           /  21st January 2017

          Trump is good at marketing. Most of his announcements are just promoting either existing things, things that would have happened anyway and at most a slight extrapolation of the existing thing.

          Even ‘The Wall’ is just re branding something that has to various degrees already existed.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  21st January 2017

            The numbers are revealing because they show the difference between his fantasy and reality, and the disillusionment that seems to be setting in already. Watching a historic event on the news can never be the same as being there in person, and if the people loved him, they’d be there.

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            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  21st January 2017

              If they lived in the city they’d be there. They don’t. Read the link I posted. They live in the country, not in the big cities and certainly not in Washington DC.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  21st January 2017

              Some fans came in buses from another state, ostentatiously revering the flag on the way. The people at the site didn’t all live in the city by any means.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  21st January 2017

              One doesn’t only go to events in one’s own city. People drive, fly, use buses…..that’s a weak argument for non-attendance.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  22nd January 2017

              The US is a continent not a country, Kitty. There is a cost in time as well as money in travelling around it. It’s not a weak argument, it is a major if not overwhelming factor.

  13. And on it goes….. the constant reinforcing of the “not my president” meme just continues.

    Donald is polarising. He is not historic, unlike Obama who was the first black POTUS.

    He will never be wildly popular I suspect – his personality is to antagonistic.

    But what he should be judged on is actions, policies and outcomes. Not vague fears, scarce mongering and hyperbole from a pissed off coastal based Media elite who got the election themes and result completely, utterly and devastatingly (from their professional credibility standpoint) stone cold wrong.

    All the fluffy stuff – like JFK and the Peace Corp, Obama and something etc etc ultimately means very little if it doesn’t bring results.

    Trump has been primarily elected by the old Reagan Democrats – blue collar workers sick of being treated with disdain by the blue team.

    Now he needs to deliver for them.

    Trump is surrounding himself with experienced people.

    Example: James “Mad Dog” Mattis got overwhelming approval by a bi-partisan committee [26-1] and is allowed to be put forward for confirmation by the Senate for the role of Secretary of Defense. He needed clearance as he had only been retired 3 years from active Military duty not the standard 7 years. He is now expected to be quickly confirmed in the role of SoD..

    It will be interesting at the 2 year mark to see what Trumps administration has actually done versus the HuFo, Wapo, MSNBC etc scare mongering about what he will do.

    Again he is not my favour but the hysteria around this election has been something to behold. Not unlike some of the KDS shit we have seen in NZ – the KDC “Eff John Key” stuff comes to mind.

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    • Gezza

       /  21st January 2017

      Sort out the bloody difference betwee to and too and start getting this right consistently. I don’t want to have to mention this again dave.

      Otherwise, good post, imo.

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      • With respect Gezza… take a hike re spelling. I don’t have time for grammar and spelling fiends .

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        • Gezza

           /  21st January 2017

          Rubbish. You just made time right there.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  21st January 2017

            He was wrong about the respect too, G.

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            • Gezza

               /  21st January 2017

              Don’t altogether blame him when I see how I spelt between.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  21st January 2017

              I was going to tactfully avoid mentioning that. Do you like my split infinitive?

            • Gezza

               /  21st January 2017

              The trouble with dave is he’s inveterate. Otherwise, good bloke. Gives Blazer some stick.

            • PDB

               /  21st January 2017

              Blazer? Isn’t he packing a sad because he can’t write abusive names anymore and therefore has nothing left to post?

            • Gezza

               /  21st January 2017

              Hard to say. Hasn’t reappeared since Mefrostate put in an appearance a couple of nights ago, took chunks out of Sir Alan’s botty, & took a sideswipe @ Corporal Blazer for posts that ‘lacked calories’.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  21st January 2017

              If you think Mefro got anywhere near my botty you must have let your facial fluff grow over your eyeballs, G. Hiser jaw was on the ground almost before it was opened.

            • Gezza

               /  21st January 2017

              Happened in front of horrified witnesses Al. Patu & I. I’m sure he will verify my testimony later.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  21st January 2017

              A couple of as unworthy and unreliable reporters as the MSM could ever wish for, G. Check the hospital records. I’m not sure if Mefro has even been released yet.

            • patupaiarehe

               /  21st January 2017

              Yup, I can confirm G’s account of that. The fact that just a few days later, Alan is strutting about, pretending it never happened, is a real testament to the surgical skills of his Mrs 😉

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  21st January 2017

              As I said, another witness whose testimony depends on where he thinks his next drink is coming from and who has never been within telescope range of my backside.

            • patupaiarehe

               /  21st January 2017

              Is that a slur on my good character Alan? I have far better things to look at with my telescope than your backside… 😛

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  21st January 2017

              Glad I’m not your neighbour, patu.

            • patupaiarehe

               /  21st January 2017

              I was speaking of the stars Alan, thats two slurs on my good character in under an hour. I can see why you’ve got no friends….. 😛 😉

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  21st January 2017

              Peace, patu. Shoot for the stars and clear the trees as they say. Not your fault if your hand wobbles now and then.

            • patupaiarehe

               /  21st January 2017

              Apology accepted Alan 😀

          • yawnnnnn… only because I am doing the laundry and washing out the dirt from the week of life. Replying to you, same action except in the online world chap…

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      • Anonymous Coward

         /  21st January 2017

        “Sort out the bloody difference betwee to and too and start getting this right ”

        People in glass houses………Gezza.

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        • Gezza

           /  21st January 2017

          Too late. Shouldn’t have spent the time bolding that. I’ve already identified my sin above. Forgot the grammar nazi rule.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  21st January 2017

          We will excuse the ellipsis in Blazer’s absence. I think he is restocking.

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        • Anonymous Coward

           /  21st January 2017

          Spelling Nazi’s are so boring. It’s the internet not 6th form english. Language has a need to be understood that makes 99.9% of peoples corrections redundant.
          And with the sheer amount of flubs you make Gazza I don’t know where you get the gall to hold others to account.

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    • David

       /  21st January 2017

      “But what he should be judged on is actions, policies and outcomes. Not vague fears, scarce mongering and hyperbole from a pissed off coastal based Media elite who got the election themes and result completely, utterly and devastatingly (from their professional credibility standpoint) stone cold wrong”

      This is the fascinating thing. Trumps actions are almost always quite conservative, he will be effective in his policies. The media and many others will never see this, and will always get sucked into his hyperbole.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  21st January 2017

        Sloppiness in writing shows sloppiness of mind and leads to lack of intelligibilty and illiteracy. Anyone who has read writings from the era before standardised spelling and grammar will know this. There’s an excuse for the dyslexic, but I cannot see why any intelligent adult wants to seem like an illiterate ignoramus.

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  14. Bravo Dave1924, I agree completely, and no one should be surprised by that. He is not my flavour either, nor do I favour him. I will judge him by results, not others interpretations or comparisons. The MSM are feeding the sharks still.

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    • Gezza

       /  21st January 2017

      The things that surprised me were that this really was just a regurgitation of his campaign speeches minus the references to Clinton being sent to preferences, and how quickly the thing was all over.

      But on reflection it shouldn’t have. This is who he is & how he does things. Says what he thinks. Doesn’t waste time. Gets on with the next item of business.

      The protests & civil disturbances during this event are pointless & do more harm to their cause(s) than good. Time now to see what he’s got, as you say.

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      • Gezza

         /  21st January 2017

        😳 (preferences = prison. jeez am i gonna cop it now)

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  21st January 2017

          Enough already of these p references, G. You should know better.

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        • Spelling Gezza, spelling….. tut tut tut tut tut. Where is the Kitty when required to enhance your spelling and grammar skills? That is the question I wish to have answered!!

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          • Gezza

             /  21st January 2017

            Consulting an extraordinarily wide circle of current & former acquaintances for the most appropriate example of how such an unfortunate situation has best been handled in the past.

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  15. Alan Wilkinson

     /  21st January 2017

    Separating facts from fiction, here are some actual numbers from US media:

    According to WRC-TV, an NBC affiliate in Washington, D.C., an estimated 800,000 people attended Trump’s inauguration. That number, however, only includes the supporters. In an interview with The Washington Post, a representative from promotional group Destination D.C. said more than 1,000,000 people were present at the inauguration when you factor in the protestors and participants in Saturday’s Women’s March on DC.

    Though many assume Trump had a low turnout at his inauguration, especially given that CNN reported a number of Democratic senators would boycott the event, it seems to be average when compared to inaugurations of the past. According to NBC Washington, former President Bill Clinton’s 1993 inauguration had a turnout of 800,000 people. Former President George W. Bush, on the other hand, saw only 300,000 attendees at his firs inauguration. So when you think about it, Trump’s crowd could be a lot worst.

    The reason people think Trump had a subpar turnout is because of the man who came before him. Yes, I’m talking about the amazing former President Barack Obama. According to CNN, more than 1.8 million people attended Obama’s first inauguration in 2009 and roughly 1 million attended the second inauguration in 2013. But the historical significance of Obama’s election, not to mention the sheer love people had for him, helped draw in those big numbers. The only person who could have drawn in a similar crowd was Hillary Clinton.

    https://www.romper.com/p/how-many-people-attended-trumps-inauguration-he-drew-in-quite-the-crowd-31867

    So the facts seem to be that indeed Trump drew far more supporters than any previous Republican candidate and more than most Democrats other than Obama despite the big cities being Democrat strongholds.

    And quite obviously when he talked about tens of millions becoming part of the historic movement he was speaking about the election campaign, not his inauguration.

    Your further total apology to President Trump accepted in advance, PG!

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  16. Further to my comments about watching for results rather than creating dissent about imagined events, I found this “short list” in Snopes that tried to explain why Trump won. It is the short list!
    “Many Americans, and especially Trump supporters, have had it with:

    Anyone named Bush
    Anyone named Clinton
    Anyone who’s held political office
    Political correctness
    Illegal immigration
    Massive unemployment
    Phony “official” unemployment and inflation figures
    Welfare waste and fraud
    People faking disabilities to go on the dole
    VA waiting lists
    TSA airport groping
    ObamaCare
    The Federal Reserve’s money-printing schemes
    Wall Street crooks like Jon Corzine
    Michelle Obama’s vacations
    Michelle Obama’s food police
    Barack Obama’s golf
    Barack Obama’s arrogant and condescending lectures
    Barack Obama’s criticism/hatred of America
    Valerie Jarrett
    “Holiday trees”
    Hollywood hypocrites
    Global warming nonsense
    Cop killers
    Gun confiscation threats
    Stagnant wages
    Chevy Volts
    Clock boy
    Pajama boy
    Mattress girl
    Boys in girls’ bathrooms
    Whiny, spoiled college students who can’t even place the Civil War in the correct century
    . . .and that’s just the short list.”
    Have fun sorting out why some of them are mentioned!

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  17. Snopes is already debunking false claims of crowd photos.

    http://www.snopes.com/twitter-images-inauguration/

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  18. PDB

     /  21st January 2017

    How boring is this parade?? It goes on and on and on and on…………Trump might need a nap.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  21st January 2017

      Yep, winding G up is more fun.

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      • Gezza

         /  21st January 2017

        Have to depart soon, Al. The Rest Home awaits my inauguration speech. Every time I go there for some of them its always my first visit. I have a blue half-size guitar permanently in the boot & do my own Marine Band version of Hail To The Chief immediately after thanking them for being a wonderful audience. Saves money.

        Also my Provincial Reconstruction Team needs to evaluate whether a trellis in Back Yard province can be restored following damage sustained in recent brisk sea breezes, or needs to be demolished for the public good.

        You’ll have to find another victim until I return.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  21st January 2017

          All the best, G. You do God’s work there even without believing it.

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