January 20th, 2017, the day our nation saw its 45th president, Donald John Trump (70) sworn into office.  Thousands of citizens gathered in Washington DC to witness his transition into power. Republicans have officially taken over the house. Leaving half of the nation utterly upset, or so they say.

Over social media these past couple of days, both during the Inauguration and after, Donald J. Trump took a lot of hate through claims that DC was empty compared to Obama’s inauguration. Refuting sides then say the only reason Obama’s was so intensely popular is because he was the first African-American president.

The floor coverings exposed empty areas of the Mall at Trump’s inauguration,” said Brian Bennett, “Their color helped create a contrast in comparison with the crowd at Obama’s first inauguration.” Here, A Los Angeles Times reporter openly displays the comparison of the two inaugurations. Pressing shame onto President Trump for having such an “empty” crowd. Although, some people believe those photos to be altered with applications such as Photoshop.

However, people tend to jump to conclusions without gathering all of the facts. “We know that 420,000 people used the D.C. Metro public transit yesterday, which actually compares to 317,000 that used it for President Obama’s last inaugural,” Brian Bennett. Some may argue that the use of the metro log doesn’t argue anything, however the other half can argue that a picture doesn’t mean anything as well.

Other opinions on the difference in population at the speeches is that Barack Obama was the nation’s first president of color. A day that people from all over the nation and world wanted to be apart of. America going from triangular trade, to slavery, to the horrors of the civil rights movements, we have finally made a huge difference in American history. That day in 2009, was one to be accounted for and people argue that is the reason for the difference in population.

Although men, women and children also pronounce that the reason the 2017 inauguration was so empty is because Trump was becoming the nation’s new leader. This event caused protests all around the nation and around the world. Women in cities as close to us as Des Moines, IA,  are peacefully protesting their anger towards the new president. With posters that say “Not my president” and “Keep your tiny hands off of our rights,” part of America is intensely angry.

Trump in America and around the world is either seen as a disaster or a savior. Relating back to the 2017 inauguration, the fact is that Donald John Trump is now our president and people are either behind him or against him. With every election there is a democratic representative and a republican representative. Regardless, leaving X amount of people in the country upset based on the outcome.

A majority of people can agree that the 2016 presidential election was a wild one and most are content that it’s over, even if their desired candidate didn’t win office. Anyone can make the argument that the inauguration was full or empty. Anyone can ignore the facts, photos, and metro rides. Several people are going to continue their hatred for Trump or their admiration for him. However, that doesn’t change the fact that he is now the 45th president of the United States of America.

Millions of Americans engaged in the 2016 presidential election somehow in which left the entire nation exhausted. Donald John Trump is our president, and alike all elections in history, this fact is some citizens nightmare. However, Trump is a long ways from getting impeached therefore he will remain in office. Hopefully America and both parties can come together, work together, love together and stop the hatred and nonsense.

Photo by: Pioneer Press


One comment

  1. This can be a challenging topic to cover, and you do a nice job of keeping the story balanced and factual in what took place. You eliminate bias in your writing and you give the reader a thorough overview of the event. Great job!

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