Students Reflect on Donald Trump’s Inauguration

President Donald Trump speaks at The Salute To Our Armed Services Inaugural Ball in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. Photo by Alex Brandon/AP.

President Donald Trump speaks at The Salute To Our Armed Services Inaugural Ball in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. Photo by Alex Brandon/AP.

By Jenna Billings

Public Relations Manager

True to form, Donald Trump caused a stir in Washington D.C when he was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on Jan. 20.

Over 900,000 attended, including his former opponent, Secretary Hillary Clinton and her family, the five Bad Boys of Brexit, who led the crusade for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union and other prolific political families and notables.

“Today’s ceremony has very special meaning,” said Trump in his inaugural address. “We are not merely transferring power from one administration to other…we are transferring power from Washington and giving it back to you, the people.”

As many expected, the inauguration ceremony was met with opposition. Some peaceful, which included 60 Democratic lawmakers skipping the event in protest, and some hard to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington, which took place in the days following the Inauguration, saw over 470,000 women protesting Trump’s policy stances on issues like Planned Parenthood funding, women’s healthcare and abortion rights.

Social media was abuzz with reactions about the Inauguration, many posts including tributes to the Obamas for all they had done in eight years in D.C. Other users posted about having high hopes for the Trump administration, some showing their support at the National Mall that day.

One Sacred Heart University Trump supporter, senior Jim Kent, made the trip to D.C from Connecticut to watch him get sworn in.

“This is something every American should witness in their lifetime,” said Kent. “Seeing the peaceful transition of power from the old to new president is extremely incredible.”

Another student who attended the ceremony, senior Gwen Mileti, felt at home among Trump supporters after a long road.

“It’s going to be one of those things I’ll be able to tell my grandkids about,” said Mileti. “Trump was obviously a controversial candidate, and it wasn’t easy being one of his supporters throughout the election, especially being on the East Coast. For the six or seven hours I was at the Capital building, I was surrounded by people who shared my values and were happy to be there. It was really refreshing and I felt hopeful for the first time in a while.”

Since being sworn in, Trump has already put several policies in process, the most recent and controversial being the Muslim ban. He has also signed off on an executive order that requires that for every new federal regulation implemented, two must be revoked.

“I believe that the tone of the Inauguration made it clear that Trump is going to be an active president,” said Kent. “He has already signed a number of executive orders in the short time he has been in office, and so far has stuck to what he promised during his campaign.”

One thing is clear: this swearing in ceremony saw more controversy arguably than any other in history.

“We will face challenges, we will confront hardships,” said Trump. “But we will get the job done.”


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