To the Editor:
It’s official. Donald J. Trump has been inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States.
It finally happened, despite the protests, the insults, the “not my president” groups, the entertainers and movie stars such as Meryl Streep saying that his supporters are going to end up on a sofa watching football instead of the classics.
Was she implying that football lovers are a bunch of morons? If that was the case, she made a whole lot of enemies.
During the week of Jan. 9-15, the six top TV shows (all football) were watched by 186.2 million fans.
Personally, I’m optimistic about the future. In his speech, he let it be known that from that moment on, it was all about America and its people — all Americans, without regard for color, creed, origin or political affiliation.
He further stated that the USA was never coming in second at anything; he will deal fairly and from a position of strength. One commentator referred to the speech as Hitleresque. What?
Important changes are coming and he is in the driver’s seat. The parade was magnificent, especially the military, which is the backbone of this country’s freedom.
To the politicians and others who chose not to attend, it’s their loss. The thugs and hoodlums passing for legitimate protesters, who chose to throw bricks and rocks at police, injuring six, who set fires and destroyed private property, if identified, should serve a maximum of 6 months in jail plus pay for damages.
Trump was never given a chance by the liberal press and most polls, he was disliked by many (including this writer), demonized by many in the political arena; yet he managed to reach and touch what he calls the forgotten Americans, the ones ignored by the ruling party and their candidate.
In doing so, he pulled a victory out of what was previously characterized as an automatic, disastrous defeat.
There’s one thing that America can take to the bank: It will be a cold day in hell before President Donald J. Trump goes on an apology tour.
Give him a chance! He earned it. He deserves it.
P. C. Santiago
retired master sergeant