This paper investigates the Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) in studying the inauguration speech of Donald Trump at the Capitol Hill, Washington DC on January 20, 2017. The objective of the study is to uncover the hidden messages regarding ideologies shared and critiques appointed to. The paper uses the theory of CDA by Norman Fairclough by focusing on the three aspects of research which are (1) micro or linguistic analysis, (2) Mezzo or discursive analysis, and (3) macro or contextual analysis. The three dimensional model of CDA is aimed to uncover the ideologies shared and critiques appointed to based on linguistic features, socio-political aspect, and discursive practice. Basically, those critiques and ideologies are connected with the myth of American Dream in American Studies. The result of the study revealed is that the speech brought some ideologies or thoughts shared to the audiences and might change the people’s perception. Moreover, the speech also criticizes Obama’s two periods of presidency who is considered as failure.
Keywords: Inauguration Speech, Donald Trump, US presidency, CDA, Discourse, Norman Fairclough, Ideology, Critique