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The Triumph of Trump

22 Jan. 2017 12:03 AM IST

At the January 20,2017 inaugural ceremony of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, faith played prominently, not like previous inaugural ceremonies. The ceremony was sombre yet impressive. The focus was not on the normally expected grandeur and pomp but a reminder of the great responsibility for the man who was to be sworn-in as the head of the government of the world’s number one super power. Trump’s religiously rich ceremony was notable for a president whose personal faith wasn’t a prominent part of his campaign. Trump has forged a powerful partnership with evangelical Christian leaders and promised to revive the Christian tradition in America which has been challenged and literally elbowed out by liberal politicians and judges. However, on a personal note, Trump is not known to be a conventional practitioner of the Christian faith. However, that judgement on somebody else’s faith in God and spirituality is best left to be seen. For Trump, a man who was not an embodiment of being a follower of the Christian faith, his attempt to reassert the primacy of the biblical tenet despite his not too flattering lifestyle, has the support of Christian evangelicals, including Catholics and Jews etc. Trump invited six faith leaders to take part in Friday’s swearing-in ceremony, surpassing the standard set by the last few presidents. “The last seven presidential inaugurations, since the elder Bush’s in 1989, have had one or two members of the clergy offering prayers and readings,” Pew Research Center reported. “They are friends and friendly critics, political outsiders and usual suspects; among them, the first clergywoman, the first Hispanic evangelical Christian and the first prosperity gospel preachers to speak at a presidential inauguration,” the article noted. None of the six was Presbyterian, Trump’s denomination.Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York and two evangelicals -Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, senior pastor at New Season Christian Worship Center in Sacramento, California, and president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and Pastor Paula White, a televangelist and pastor of the New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Florida. The second group of religious leaders took the stage after Trump’s speech. Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, Franklin Graham, son of famed evangelist Billy Graham, read from 1 Timothy 2 and Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, a prosperity gospel preacher and leader of Great Faith Ministries International in Detroit, Michigan, shared the final benediction. Trump was sworn in with two Bibles, the Lincoln Bible and his family Bible.Even as Trump was to be inaugurated as the 45th president of the USA, thousands of Democratic Party supporters took to the streets to spoil the party. The protest orchestrated by Democratic Party leaders, feminists, African-Americans, immigrants etc have been ably supported by the mainstream liberal American media including the Washington establishment. Trump’s candidature as the Republican nominee was shocking but when he won against the much touted and favoured female who was to have become America’s first woman president-Hillary Clinton- it numbed the Democratic Party, the liberals, immigrants and the establishment. What Trump achieved was a victory of an anti-establishment movement which is now resonating across Europe. That is why liberals across the western hemisphere hate Donald Trump.

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