President Donald Trump mentioned Detroit in his inauguration speech Friday, though what he meant by it has been up for debate on Twitter.
“Whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky,” Trump said. “They fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty Creator.”
Best part of speech
"from the urban sprawl of Detroit to the wind swept land of Nebraska"
All will have equal opportunity to dream! — Cadillac (@Cadilla01489105) January 20, 2017
Twitter was immediately filled with users speculating what Trump meant by the “urban sprawl of Detroit,” as well as tweets both praising and insulting his choice of words.
Many simply quoted the president, while others found his words to be offensive and condemned him on social media.
Urban sprawl of Detroit. Donald Trump hates the inner cities. — Joseph Richards (@mentalmacguyver) January 20, 2017
Politicians never mean "Detroit" to be more than an abstraction for their fears & fantasies, but "urban sprawl of Detroit" takes the cake — John Pat Leary (@JohnPatLeary) January 20, 2017
Others didn't see what Trump was getting at when referencing Detroit and Nebraska in such a manner.