Search This Blog

Search Tool

Jan 20, 2017

The Guardian | U.S. Briefing - January 20, 2017: Trump's Swearing-in Comes Amid Parties and Protests | The Daily Briefing
Mazin Sidahmed

America’s 45th president

A year and a half after he descended on an escalator at Trump Tower and called Mexicans “rapists”, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Trump, the oldest and reportedly least popular man to be sworn into the country’s highest office, takes over a divided country. Protests have 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.
The remainder of the day consists of the inaugural parade, a luncheon and, later in the evening, the inaugural balls. Hillary Clinton will be present at the ceremony, in keeping with tradition that all living former first families attend. Speaking of first families, here’s a look at the new one. However, more than 30 members of Congress will be boycotting the event in protest against Trump. In a column for the Guardian, congresswoman Barbara Lee explains why she won’t be there.

Support the Guardian’s fearless journalism

Never has America needed fearless independent media more. Help us hold the new president to account, sort fact from fiction, amplify underrepresented voices, and understand the forces behind this divisive election – and what happens next. Support the Guardian by becoming a member or making a contribution.

Protests begin

Protests 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 Party

Trump 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

Women’s March

Come Saturday, a crowd of more than 200,000 is expected to descend on Washington to protest the Trump presidency. For women who are on the fence, Lucia Graves has outlined 29 reasons to attend the rally on Saturday. However, not every woman was dismayed by Trump’s victory. Rebecca Nelson spoke to conservative women who are glad to see Trump in the White House and have no interest in protesting. Beyond the US, there will be solidarity marches held in more than 17 countries across the globe in protest of Trump’s election. A panel of Guardian writers have explained how they will protest from joining the UK women’s march to talking about sexual assault in Washington. While the march has gained international traction, Michah White, the co-creator of the Occupy Movement, said it takes a lot more than “raising awareness and getting media attention” to start a true revolutionary movement. In his piece for the Guardian, he outlines how the Women’s March could grow into something more sustained beyond Saturday. But it involves knowing one’s history, learning from the past, and taking the fight to the ballot box.

And finally ...

In the wake of Donald Trump’s win – a tremendous political and cultural loss for American women – the Guardian columnist Jessica Valenti will be launching a newsletter, This Week in the Patriarchy. She’ll track what’s happening in the world of feminism and sexism.