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“Not my President” People protest the Inauguration of President Trump

Brent Miller joins thousands of protestors on Jan. 20 to show his disapproval of President Trump. “Obviously I don’t support the incoming president.” Miller said ahead of the swearing in ceremony. Photo by Ryan Jenkins.

On the morning of Jan. 20, 2017, some of the citizens of the United States prepared for their world to be turned upside down. Protesters lined the streets of Washington, D.C. for the Inauguration of the 45th President, Donald Trump.
Clouds covered the sky, as thousands of people chanted their personal feelings with a passion that could be felt all over the country. Chants such as, “No hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here,” and “Dump Trump” could be heard from all over the streets as thousands of protesters waited to get through security and stand up to Donald Trump. 
“I stand against everything that Trump stands for,” said Tori Halligan, a Chicago native who was traveling with A.N.S.W.E.R., a  group that stands for Act Now Stop War and End Racism.
Many protesters with similar views walked the streets of Washington, D.C. carrying signs that read, “Pro America, Anti-Trump,” “Fake 45,” and “Putin’s Puppet.” These signs filled the streets, while supporters lined up to cheer on the soon-to-be 45th president.
“I have never been political before, but I felt like I had to be this time,” Robin McCutcheon said, while standing in the rain with her neighbor, who did not want to be named. McCutcheon is a student of history and worries about President Trump’s stance on climate change.
“I think there is a lack of facts,” McCutcheon claims. “I don’t think giving into authoritarianism is the right thing to do.”
Protesters were mixed in with Trump supporters, and the outcome was high, but respectful tension. Both sides of the argument understood their differences and gave respect and tolerance for the other party.
Brent Miller, a protester at Trump’s inauguration, showed his disapproval by wearing a “No Trump” sticker.
I wanted to be here today, I needed to be here today, because obviously I don’t support the incoming president,” Miller said.
Miller believes that the electoral college is no longer useful to the American people. “I mean, the electoral college, it’s just a remnant of slavery.”
At the end of the day, emotions were high while protesters greeted President Trump during the Inauguration parade by screaming “Not my President.”

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“Not my President” People protest the Inauguration of President Trump