Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Friday that President Donald Trump’s inaugural address was the most “classically populist” among such speeches delivered by American presidents.
“I think that will be remembered as the ‘Forgotten Man Speech,’ which is what his constituency was,” Krauthammer said.
He also noted that the new populist president appointed a Cabinet that is predominantly more conservative than he is: “The president is not conservative in and of himself. He’s more the populist, speaking against an establishment that’s a bipartisan establishment. But he’s surrounded by a team and has an agenda — one item after another — that is classically conservative.”
“How that works out in the end, no one knows,” Krauthammer said.
Krauthammer went on to add that there are two audiences during an inaugural address — the domestic one and the international one.
The columnist speculated that “they’re quaking in their boots in foreign capitals” as a result of the speech — particularly “our allies and trading partners.”
“The way that Trump spoke about the outside world was the most aggressive, most hyper-nationalist and, in some way, the most hostile of any inaugural address since the second World War,” he said. “He drew a picture of a zero-sum world, where what we have done for the world, they have been stealing from us.”
“That is an amazing message for an inaugural address,” he added.