What to Watch for on Inauguration Weekend

On Friday, January 20, Republican Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. And it is not a stretch to say that this is going to be an inauguration weekend unlike any other.

Despite a nearly three million vote deficit – the largest in history – Trump will still be sworn in as commander-in-chief due to very slim margins in just the right cluster of states to garner him an electoral college victory. His underwhelming victory has done little to curb his brash attitude towards both the office and those he will be representing, and the new president-elect has continued with his abrasive approach towards press conferences, public figures and 140-character policy making.

While those Americans who did support Trump in all of his unconventional ways still appear to be standing firm by his side, the rest of the country isn’t as amused. Now, Trump will be entering the presidency with the lowest approval rating of any POTUS ever.

“The CNN/ORC poll shows 53 percent of Americans view Trump unfavorably, while only 44 percent have a favorable opinion of the incoming president. In the ABC News/Washington Post poll, Trump’s favorable rating is just 40 percent, with 54 percent having an unfavorable opinion,” reports Politico. “That, according to The Washington Post, makes Trump the least-popular incoming president of the past 40 years — by a large margin. Eight years ago, ABC News/Washington Post polling showed Barack Obama with a 79 percent favorable rating. Even George W. Bush — who lost the popular vote and was designated the next president only after a protracted recount in Florida — had a 62 percent favorable rating on the eve of his inauguration. Bush’s 36 percent unfavorable rating was the lowest of the modern era, until Trump’s 54 percent score in the new poll.”

Of course, just like anything else Trump has encountered that he disagrees with, the next president calls the reports lies. “The same people who did the phony election polls, and were so wrong, are now doing approval rating polls,” Trump tweeted, according to Fox News. “They are rigged just like before.”

Rigged or not, many people are taking notice of Trump’s unprecedented unpopularity. Musical guests have turned down the future president en masse, making it nearly impossible for the inauguration team to score A-list performers. Scalpers who scooped up tickets for the inauguration, thinking they would be able to make a profit in resale, are now stuck with stubs they can’t unload. Now Trump’s team is even using Facebook ads in an attempt to get the rest of the unwanted tickets into someone’s hands.

One group that isn’t using those tickets? A vast number of Democratic lawmakers, who have decided to boycott the event. The movement to skip the swearing-in picked up even more steam after the president-elect spent Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend criticizing Atlanta Rep. John Lewis, who said he considered Trump to be an “illegitimate President.” Trump lashed back by attacking Rep. Lewis, a civil rights icon, by claiming the African American leader who marched on Selma was “All talk, talk, talk – no action or results.”

Since Trump’s attack on Lewis, at least 50 Democrats have announced they will boycott the inauguration in response. “Donald Trump has proven that his administration will normalize the most extreme fringes of the Republican Party. On Inauguration Day, I will not be celebrating. I will be organizing and preparing for resistance,” announced California Rep. Barbara Lee, just one of the dozens of lawmakers who say they will stay away.

With lawmakers, celebrities and Americans in general looking unenthused about showing up for inauguration festivities, there is a strong possibility that there may be more protesters along the parade route than people actually attending. The D.C. Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is planning for 800,000 to 900,000 people to attend, but that doesn’t mean the headcount is all supporters. Demonstrators are expected as well, although their access to the parade route itself may be limited thanks to court orders. The president-elect will then give a “short” inaugural speech, according to media reports, and there will be an hour and a half parade, one “shorter than those in the past.”

Additionally, the number of balls the next president will attend, only three, is significantly smaller than previous presidents. Then again, if you believe the claims of conservative provocateur James O’Keefe, that’s likely because nefarious people planted by Democrats are planning to ruin them all.

All together it is likely to be a low-key, mostly sedate celebration of the most unpopular presidential candidate to ever win an election. But if you find yourself too depressed watching it, just hang on one more day.

After all, that’s when the progressives get their turn to march down the Mall, instead.

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105 comments

Marie W
Marie W1 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Siyus C
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jenny Sejansky
Jenny Sejansky2 years ago

If we can't impeach the bum, e will have to disregard him entirely and set our sights on 2018. If Saturday was any indication of what the future holds for Trump, I think we have learned the lesson of 2010 and are starting to put some of those tea party tactics to work for us. If you want to stop Trump, then make it impossible for him to do anything and get rid of this house and Senate. THERE. IS. NO. OTHER. WAY. That will also pave the way for us to get rid of him, once and for all, in 2020. Stop whining. Stop arguing with brain-washed Trump zombies, it's a waste of time and good arguments that would be better shared with those who can still think! Start talking to young people and laborers who are tired of being threatened by the 1%. If you love Obama and MISS HIM ALREADY, then heed his words and take his sage-like advice and START ORGANIZING! Again, IT. IS. THE. ONLY. WAY.

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Jenny Sejansky
Jenny Sejansky2 years ago

"Nazi" is now the wrong word, I have to agree. We should rather be calling each other "komrad" since we are quickly becoming a Communist State. Unfortunately, this is not a joke. Gag orders? Threatening the media? How about not providing aide to countries that provide abortions? Not allowing the EPA, NPS, or the Office of the Interior to blog, e-mail, post ANY info until "a later date"....I believe the Trumsters here were scared to death that OBAMA would be bringing this madness on...nope! Trump and everyone who voted for him are responsible for our democracy turning into a Soviet-like, military state. If you let it happen, it will! Her. We. Go. And to think those conservatives screaming about the Affordable Care Act being our first step towards communism...well, it's all but gone now and communism is creeping into our system and you are proud of it? Get back on your meds, folks! You are getting what YOU deserve; I am concerned about the rest of us who did not do this but will suffer the brunt of it. WAKE UP!

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Herbert C
Herbert C2 years ago

The word Nazi has been used 16 times in these comments--exceptional even for a comment thread on Care2.

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Anne F
Anne F2 years ago

Wait a minute....''vast number of Democratic lawmakers" is then detailed as 50 (out of 536,as I recall).
Not sure who this writer is but I object to misleading adjectives.

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Past Member
Past Member 2 years ago

Sean Spicer. Lying pos. BLATANT LIES about number of people at Nazi party. Low ratings by the way!!

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Past Member
Past Member 2 years ago

Von Brunts ghost. Neo nazi who killed black cop and put bullets in Holocaust Museum. Richard Spencers HERO who was st pos trumps Nazi party.

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Past Member
Past Member 2 years ago

Richard Spencer. Also invited to Nszi party. Google him. Nazi pos just like trash trump.

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Past Member
Past Member 2 years ago

David F. LMAO!!! You and Sean Spicer. FULL OF SHIT. Over a million my ass.

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