Donald Trump inauguration speech 'sounds like fascist rhetoric' says comic Erich McElroy

Friday, January 20, 2017

Donald Trump's inauguration sounded like "fascist rhetoric" according to a prominent US comic.

Mr Trump took the oath on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. in front of thousands of people, VIPs, and foreign dignitaries. 

In his inauguration address, he said: "We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs.

"America will start winning again, winning like never before. From this day forward it is going to be only America first, America first."

In the wake of the speech, Sam Delaney and his special guest co-host Charlie Wolf, a US political commentator, spoke to comedians Erich McElroy and Scott Capurro about the speech and the new President. 

Erich made his fears known: "I thought it [the speech] was dark and gloomy, and the phrase American carnage – we’ve gone from hope and change to gloom and doom.

"That was dire. The language that’s there, the America first mantra, it seems like facist rhetoric."

Scott said: “I’m worried about damage control and how he could tear the country apart – the only silver lining is the President’s power is limited."

Meanwhile, Charlie, as a Trump supporter, took the opposing view: "I wouldn’t say fascist, but there were a couple of lines you don’t usually here in a state speech. The way it was delivered – if I was a senator, I’d feel very nervous."

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