Mazin Sidahmedhave already begun and are expected to continue throughout the weekend. It’s also moving day for the Obamas, who will be vacating their home for the past eight years.
Guardian US will keep you up to date with all the day’s events in our live blog, pulling in dispatches from reporters who are stationed throughout Washington DC and around the country. It will also take in protests and events throughout the world, including London, Toronto, Sydney, Addis Ababa and more.
Donald Trump inauguration: the world holds its breath – live coverage
This how the day will play out (read this for more details):
- 8.30am: Trump and the incoming vice-president, Mike Pence, will attend a church service at St John’s Episcopal church with their families.
- 9:40am: Trump and his wife, Melania, will arrive at the White House where they will be greeted by Barack and Michelle Obama. The four will sit down for a private coffee and tea reception in the White House’s regal Blue Room.
- 10.30am: The Trumps and the Obamas will take the presidential limousine to the West Front of the US Capitol for the ceremony.
- 11.30am: The inauguration ceremony will begin.
- 12pm: The chief justice of the supreme court, John Roberts,will administer the presidential oath for Trump, who will then make his inaugural address.
- 12.45pm: The Obamas will fly off in a helicopter to Andrews airfield.
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Protests beginProtests started the day after Trump was elected, and they will ramp up exponentially this week. Last night saw fierce clashes in Washington DC in front of the National Press Club, the venue for the DeploraBall, an event hosted to celebrate Trump’s victory (with a name inspired by Clinton’s reference to Trump supporters as a “basket of deplorables”). Many of the guests are believed to be associated with the “alt-right”, a far-right movement in the US that has praised Trump. Protesters were blocked by police but called attendees “fascists” and racists”. Meanwhile, a host of celebrities attended a protest in New York outside Trump tower. Alec Baldwin performed his Saturday Night Live impression of the soon-to-be president and rallied the crowd. Amber Jamieson has provided a guide to protests happening today and tomorrow here.
DeploraBall: Trump lovers and haters clash at Washington DC event
Pre-presidential PartyTrump delivered a speech on Thursday night in an event dripping with symbolism. Standing on the Lincoln Memorial steps, close to where Martin Luther King declared “I have dream” in 1963, Trump rallied the crowd with “make America great again” chants before a firework display spelled the words U-S-A, as the Battle Hymn of the Republic rang out. Toby Keith and 3 Doors Down performed at the event.
On eve of inauguration, Trump addresses nation in shadow of Lincoln
‘We could’ve avoided President Trump’The road to Trump’s presidency had many alternative routes but we missed all of them, writes Rebecca Solnit. From failing to address climate change to the capitulation of the media, Solnit argues, we’ve missed many off-ramps on the “highway to hell”. “Now we’ve reached the inauguration, in an Oldsmobile with four flat tires and a boiling radiator, some of us are looking ahead, to where the U-turn options are.”
We could’ve avoided President Donald Trump. Now, we must learn the lessons