Two speeches, from members of opposing parties, leading up to the swearing-in of Donald Trump as America's 45th president referenced the Civil War, implying the divisive past election was comparable to darkness of that earlier era but that healing was possible.
Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., the Senate minority leader, and Roy Blunt, R-Mo., referenced different aspects of the war.
Blunt quoted former President Abraham Lincoln, saying, "Both sides pray to the same God."
Chuck Schumer is doing his best Ken Burns "Civil War" right now.— andrew kaczynski 🤔 (@KFILE) January 20, 2017
Schumer read from a letter from Union Maj. Sullivan Ballou to his wife.
Here's an excerpt of Blunt's speech.
Schumer invoking the spirit of the Civil War possibly not the best tribute to national unity.— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) January 20, 2017
The irony was not lost on some observers.