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WashPost Offers Cautious Hope for Trump Presidency

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By    |   Friday, 20 Jan 2017 07:38 AM

Inauguration Day should signal respect for the presidency and hope for the nation, The Washington Post said Friday in an editorial.

"The inauguration of a president is always, on one level, a political event: One party has triumphed, the other has been vanquished," the newspaper said. "It also is something more than a political event: the celebration of a constitutional democracy in which power changes hands peacefully, at the command of the people."

The Post noted that while thousands are coming to welcome the Trump administration, others are in the nation's capital to protest Trump's swearing-in and questioning the legitimacy of his election victory.

"Mr. Trump's record positions him poorly to rebut that challenge," the Post said. "He led a movement that questioned the legitimacy of his predecessor. He questioned the legitimacy of his opponent ('crooked') and of American democracy ('rigged').

"His victory was aided by Russian interference that he openly invited. He was trounced in the popular vote, and during the transition he spent more energy taunting opponents than living up to his election-night pledge to unify the country.

"But he will be the legitimate president once he is sworn in on Friday, according to the newspaper. While noting it opposed his election, the Post said "we support and respect the office.

"We hope that henceforth — not just in his inaugural address, but in the conduct of his administration — Mr. Trump reaches out to opponents as well as supporters," the paper said.

But it cautioned that recognizing his election, "does not mean turning a blind eye to Russian interference, voter suppression or other electoral shortcomings."

"The right response to Mr. Trump is to respect the office while hoping that its occupant works to earn respect in his own right," the paper concluded.

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Inauguration Day should signal respect for the presidency and hope for the nation, The Washington Post said Friday in an editorial.
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