On Friday, Donald Trump gave the 58th inaugural address in the history of the United States. It stood out from the 57 prior in one way: It was bleaker. A lot bleaker.
Earlier this week, we cataloged each of those prior addresses, building a tool allowing you to search them and see how the expressions the presidents used were in and out of vogue over time.
It also allows us to see which terms were used by Trump but not by any president prior. The words below constitute that list.
sprawl, ignored, windswept, overseas, tombstones, rusted-out, trapped, neighborhoods, landscape, flush, carnage, unrealized, robbed, stolen, likes, listening, hardships, transferring, politicians, reaped, stops, subsidized, disagreements, bedrock, Islamic, reinforce, solidarity, unstoppable, brown, mysteries, arrives, politicians, hire, infrastructure, trillions, depletion, allowing, disrepair, redistributed, tunnels, stealing, ravages, issuing, bleed
There have been variants on those words used in the past: politician (William Henry Harrison, 1841), ravage (Richard Nixon, 1969) or hardship (used in both of Barack Obama's). Others, though, are totally unique to Trump.
- "This American carnage stops right here and stops right now."
- "…rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation"
- "Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities…"
- "…the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential."
- "whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots…"
- "America's infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay…"
Every president introduces some new words, of course. In 1981, Ronald Reagan introduced some bleak ones: affliction, terrorism, crushes. But he also introduced a number of positive ones: entrepreneurs, heroism, self-sufficient, eloquence. And: rainbow.
If you want to search for yourself, you can use our tool below.