The celebration of America's peaceful hand-off of power from one president to the next got underway on the evening of January 19 with a concert featuring various musicians who performed in front of the iconic Lincoln Memorial. President-elect Donald Trump spoke and paid tribute to the incoming Cabinet members who will assist him in what he termed a "movement" to "make America great again."
Hundreds of thousands of people have come to Washington to either proudly greet the new president or to protest his coming to power. Thousands of protesters have descended on the capital city, planning to engage in civil disobedience. They have been training for almost a week in venues such as American University in how to behave in rallies and protests and if arrested.
Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States at noon EST in what will be the 58th Presidential Inauguration Ceremony. It has not come without controversy, of course. Nearly the entire Democratic caucus of the House of Representatives will be absent. They are sitting out in protest of the Inauguration. Some Democrats have even said Trump is not a legitimate president. However, all members of the Senate, Democrats and Republican, are expected.
As if that were not enough excitement, there are more protests planned over the weekend. The Women’s March on Washington is expected to draw about 200,000 people tomorrow, but will exclude pro-life groups. Its purpose is to supposedly call for people, especially women, to march in solidarity with “women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths particularly Muslim, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native and Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault,” according to its Facebook page. There are also other anti-Trump marches planned in other parts of the country and even abroad.
Watch here for a live stream video of today's proceedings: