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Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of N.Y. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, to discuss the nomination of Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga. to become Health and Human Services secretary. (AP Photo/Zach Gibson)

Civil War, Lincoln make cameo in inauguration speeches of both parties


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."

Schumer read from a letter from Union Maj. Sullivan Ballou to his wife. 

Here's an excerpt of Blunt's speech.

The irony was not lost on some observers.

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