After a controversial campaign, businessman Donald Trump won, rather unexpectedly, the bid to be the next President of the United States through the electoral college vote. Today, he will be sworn in as the 45th President.
Trump has certainly caused a stir—so much so that he had a difficult time finding A-list performers for his inauguration, as many that were approached declined. Those that accepted to perform have faced backlash; singer Jennifer Holliday even backed out a day after accepting after receiving death threats, also citing a “lapse in judgement.” It goes without saying that Trump’s inauguration concert pales in comparison to Obama’s, who had artists such as Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Bon Jovi, and Garth Brooks, to name a few.
And, according to reports, the welcome concert didn’t go so well: it started late, the announcer made it fairly obvious he didn’t know who most of the performers were, and the overall somber air reflected the feelings of many Americans, which definitely put a damper on the already subpar concert.
It is kind of unfortunate, as some would consider the concert a time for patriotism and unity, rather than as a means to endorse Trump.
In addition, their are sure to be protestors rallying against Trump today. TMZ reported last night that police and anti-Trump protestors were brawling outside Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. Trump supporters were also assaulted.
In New York, thousands of people, including many celebrities such as Robert de Niro, Alec Baldwin, and Michael Moore, gathered together to stand against him.
The Women’s March—for racial and gender equality—will take place on Saturday and is expected to draw a couple hundred thousand people as well.
It is expected that around 800 000-900 000 people will travel to Washington, D.C., for the event, comprised of both supporters and protesters. As a result, security is extremely tight; thousands of police have been deployed and many kilometres of crowd barriers set up.
The ceremony will be attended by former presidents and first ladies, including the Obamas and Bill and Hillary Clinton, as well as members of Congress (excluding the more than 50 Democrats who stated they will boycott the event).
Trump’s inauguration begins at noon and can be watched live here.
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