by Nicholas Pendergast
It’s here. It’s here. The time honored tradition of passing the torch from one President of the United States to the other. Other nations have ruthless dictators and bloody coups. In history, kingdoms have fought long wars of succession to decide the fate of their rulers. In the United States we still do things like this. One guy moves out and another guy moves in. The guy moving in is Donald Trump, and whether you like it or not, this is all a foundation of our democracy.
So it goes.
However, more than half of the country is treating lift off day as a day to activate massive protests. Although Obama may have peacefully handed Mr. Trump the keys to become President Trump, Washington D.C. for starters is lit with anti Trump protests.
In addition, protesting Donald Trump has become a hot topic on Google. According to their trend maps, 31 states are Googling protests more than they are the inauguration itself. One might think that those states are specifically the left leaning coastal states, but that’s not true. Even in Trump’s Rust Belt states, there are more people interested in protest. The numbers actually add up, when one considered that barely a quarter of the nation’s elligble voters actually voted for Trump.
With that being said, more than 40 members of Congress opted not to attend the inauguration. Such a boycott is unprecedented in the history of Presidential inaugurations. The protests in Washington and across the country today are only the beginning of a long battle line formed against the new administration. Saturday is going to be a big day for women, with more than 200,000 people expected to participated in the Women’s March.
DC police issued a warning after an officer was injured by a thrown object. pic.twitter.com/Mx3zTjq9In
— Clarence Williams (@nu1wcf) January 20, 2017
Protesters are moving toward police officers shouting “Police move back.” pic.twitter.com/GVi8vGp4tA
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) January 20, 2017
As police battled with protesters in the streets of the capital, Trump tried to appeal to all Americans with a message of unity and triumph for all Americans.
And it went a little something like this.