Trump Inauguration Sparks Protests

By Kylie Nifong, Staff Writer

Just a few minutes: a few minutes for everything to change. A few minutes for our country’s path to flip and go full swing in a different direction. A few minutes to hold a completely new vision and journey as a country. A few minutes to inaugurate the new president of the United States of America.

Donald J. Trump was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2017, officially making him the 45th president of the United States of America. Many Americans attended the presidential inauguration, and others sat behind their television screens waiting eagerly or grudgingly for our president-elect to be sworn in.

“I think that I’m mostly excited because I’ve done a lot of reading on what Donald Trump wants and what Hillary wants and from what I’ve read and what I’ve seen I can definitely say that Donald Trump’s values tend more to what I want in a country as opposed to Hillary’s,” junior Hannah Brown said.

On the other side of the spectrum, some people were more dismayed than feverish for the new leader of our country. With protests being held by groups such as Black Lives Matter, and also by civilians tied to no group at all, it could be inferred that much of the nation was unsettled with the results of the election.

“With a two party system, when one candidate wins there is always a bunch of people who are disappointed,” World History teacher Rachel Phelps said.

Over 1 million men and women united at Washington D.C. on Jan. 21 along with many others from different cities around the nation. To an even bigger scale people came together from all around the world. All protesters came together a day after the inauguration, igniting what they called the “Women’s March” which stood up against Trump and his new found presidency. They protested and stood for women’s rights and equality among the sexes.

“I feel like some of the protesting goes to the extreme,” said Brown.

Many people partook in protesting without doing so physically, but instead through social media. The term “Not My President” became trending on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and many other social media sites, and took over the news feed of many Americans.

“Instead of saying Not My President why don’t they accept the fact that he is their president,” Brown said once again, in opposition of the protesting in general.

Even with the protesting occurring throughout the country, it still remains a fact that Donald J. Trump is still every American’s president. No matter the opposition (for either end of the spectrum) the inauguration must run smoothly through every cycle and the procedures remain steady and structured.

“The logistics [went] very smoothly,” Phelps said. “The basic inauguration is the same from president to president.”

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