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Review: Trump's Inauguration Speech Was a Mighty Clenched Fist

Review: Trump’s Inauguration Speech Was a Mighty Clenched Fist

Our 45th president didn’t get the tanks and missile launchers he wanted in his inaugural parade, but the Pentagon did okay five separate military flyovers, from Air Force jets to Army choppers—an unprecedented display of martial hardware at what Americans like to brag is a peaceful transfer of power. Trump’s people reportedly requested the kind of rolling thunder on Pennsylvania Avenue that’s more common in Moscow or Pyongyang, and the Army only wiggled out of obliging them because D.C.’s streets would buckle under the stress. How symbolic can you get? Of course, it’s anyone’s guess whether Trump’s most gung-ho supporters would have seen anything unseemly about a militarized show of force. (When it comes to people who are eager to Make America Great Again, “That’s something authoritarian regimes do” doesn’t seem like much of a deterrent.) But as the Trump-Obama motorcade rolled toward Capitol Hill for the swearing-in this morning, the visual that dominated was a vivid…

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