Piers Morgan says Trump’s Inauguration Speech Was ‘Stunning’, but Encourages the New President Walk the Talk


Dear President Trump,

Bloody hell!

That was one of the most astonishing speeches I have ever heard.

In fact, I’m not even sure it was a speech at all.

It was a rip-roaring, saber-rattling, blisteringly tough, unashamedly populist tirade that will have shocked, stunned, enthralled or appalled the world in equal measure.

As I write this, social media is exploding.

The self-assigned ‘smart crowd’ who loathe and detest you erupted in a predictable storm of sneering, horrified outrage.

Celebrities, political rivals and media types frenziedly competed to win the prize for most insufferably pompous, righteously indignant Trump-hater. Most of them insisting it was the ‘worst Inauguration speech ever made.’

Simultaneously, I saw myriad tweets from ‘ordinary’ people who absolutely loved it.

So as with your divisive, polarizing campaign, America is split down the middle.

And let’s be honest, you said little to heal that division nor heal the still open wounds of your opponents.

Instead, you took a massive fist and clunked it down on the rain-splattered heads of the Washington establishment – as they sat just yards away.

You only spoke for ten minutes, but that was long enough to pound them into stupefied, eye-bulging silence.

‘We are transferring power from Washington DC and giving it back to you, the American People,’ you roared. ‘The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and whole they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families across the land. That all changes – starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you.’

Wow. Power to the People!

You were stridently nationalist.

‘America first, AMERICA FIRST!’ you bellowed. ‘Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.’

I could imagine the rust-belt workers in places like Michigan who got you elected punching the air when they heard those words. This is exactly why they voted for you, a man they view as a billionaire Robin Hood who they trust to save them from the elite, out-of-touch sheriffs of Washington.

You spoke of mothers and children trapped in inner-city poverty, rusted-out factories scattered liked tombstones, an education system ‘flush with cash’ failing children, and streets engulfed by crime, gangs and drugs robbing Americans of their potential.

You painted a dark, dismal picture of a broken society but one that many Americans away from New York and California will recognize.

You stared out, eyes blazing and barked: ‘This American carnage stops right here and stops right now!’

Then came the promises.

‘We will bring back our jobs… our borders…our wealth…our dreams.’

You pledged to build new roads, highways, bridges, airports, tunnels and railways.

You said you’d get Americans off welfare and back to work, and follow two simple rules: ‘Buy American and hire American.’

You vowed to ‘eradicate completely’ Islamic terrorism from the face of the Earth, and then invoked God to support your belief that, ‘when you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.’

Finally, you cried: ‘We will make America strong again.. wealthy again…proud again…safe again. And yes, we will make America great again.’

It was an extraordinary tour de force and in its way, as non-political as you are yourself.

Certainly it wasn’t overtly Conservative. Indeed, Bernie Sanders probably found himself nodding to large parts of it. He, too, understood far better than Hillary that there are now two Americas: the East and West coasts and everything in between.

It also answered the question as to whether President Trump would be any different to the man who campaigned. Here was your stark, uncompromising, thunderous answer: ‘NO!’

Instead, you unleashed a full throttle populist manifesto that spelled out the Trump Doctrine more clearly than perhaps that of any other president in history.

And you did it in the astonishingly direct, simple messaging style that has made you the most controversial yet successful man in world politics.

There was no attempt to mollify your opponents.

You didn’t even mention Hillary Clinton’s name. Many, including me, thought that was a mistake. She, after all, had the guts and good grace to turn up to her own political funeral.

Nor did you reach out to those many millions of Americans who voted against you and appeal to them to give you a chance, as many urged you to do.

But in a way, I’m glad you didn’t.

Why pretend to be something you’re not?

After all, a major part of your appeal is your authenticity.

Barack Obama is Mr Nice Guy and was a very disappointing president.

Oh, he looked and sounded the part. But as a leader he was woefully ineffectual, and significantly reduced America’s power and standing on the world stage to the benefit of Russia, China and the barbaric Islamic State.

‘Yes we can!’ Obama got us all to chant in 2008 and 2012. Only it turned out most of the time to be ‘No, we can’t!’

That’s why 70% of Americans before the election said they thought the country was heading in the wrong direction. And that’s why they’ve now gone for someone who is the very opposite to everything Obama stands for and represents.

You’ve declared it’s time for an entirely different approach: Mr Tough Guy.

And you’ve made it crystal clear America will now take care of itself and its own interests first.

It’s a statement of protectionist intent that will send a rocket around the world and have everyone wondering the same thing: can you deliver on all or any of this?

Eight years ago, I interviewed you for GQ magazine.

You told me then your life philosophy: ‘You’ve gotta win. That’s what it’s all about. Muhammad Ali used to talk and talk, but he won. If you talk and talk, but you lose, the act doesn’t play.’

I thought of those words as you took the oath of office today.

Nobody has talked the talk quite like you have to get to that podium.

You won the election because tens of millions of your fellow countrymen bought into your raucously confident, unequivocal mantra that you will Make America Great Again.

Today, you reiterated that mantra in spectacular fashion. It was unquestionably the best speech you have ever made. One that every single person who voted for you wanted you to make.

But words aren’t enough any more.

Now, you’ve gotta walk the walk or the act doesn’t play.

It’s time, as you said, for action.

America’s never had a leader like you, and there are many willing you to fail.

I am not one of those. I want you to succeed and so should everyone else who believes in America.

Your country, and the world, is depending on you.

Good luck, Mr President.

Kind regards,


SOURCE: Daily Mail