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Trump declares his Inauguration ‘National Day of Patriotic Devotion’ in proclamation littered with religious buzzwords

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One of Donald Trump’s first acts as president was to personally issue Proclamation 9570, which designates the day of his inauguration, January 20, 2017 as National Day of Patriotic Devotion.

AlterNet discovered the quietly passed proclamation on the website for the Office of the Federal Register, a government office within the National Archives and Records Administration. 

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The proclamation begins, “A new national pride stirs the American soul and inspires the American heart. We are one people, united by a common destiny and a shared purpose.”

Trump announced the Day of Patriotic Devotion in order to, as the document says, “strengthen our bonds to each other and to our country.”

The proclamation abounds with religious language, stating that, “we must maintain faith in our sacred values and heritage” and that there can be “no peace where people do not pray for it.” It denotes the date as “the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen.”

The document also includes assertions of American exceptionalism, stating, “There are no greater people than the American citizenry.”

The office of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer did not respond to several requests for comment about the proclamation.

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