By Rachel Lau
Donald J. Trump was sworn into office as the 45th president of the United States Jan. 20, 2017.
“We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people,” President Trump said during his inaugural speech. “Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come.”
In his speech his vowed to fight for the American citizens who were “forgotten.” He also said he would end “American carnage” and pledged to put America first.
“I felt happy and hopeful,” senior Evan Harrell said about President Trump being sworn in. “I wanted someone new that was more trustworthy in his presidency, and his message was good about uniting the people.”
Days before the event, protests had begun, and marches were planned. But Saturday Jan. 21, over one million people gathered across the country in several cities including Washington DC, New York, and Los Angeles in the Women’s March on Washington.
The March was started by a Hawaii retiree that had posted a status on Facebook about coming together, which ended up spreading like wildfire. Red Lion English teacher, Dr. Cari Ayala, the fight for women’s rights and equality.
“I was concerned about the direction the country was going,” Ayala said. “It’s my job to stand up for what I believe in and protest against what I don’t.
During the Inauguration itself, people were seen vandalizing properties, and lashing out against the next President of the United States. They were seen smashing windows and rioting throughout the DC streets.
Several people were expected to come and attend the historic event, but the estimated amount did not show.
It’s said that hundreds of thousands more people showed up to both of Obama’s inaugurations than Trump’s.
Those who performed for the transition included Jackie Evancho, Toby Keith, and 3 Doors Down.
Within hours of becoming the president, Trump signed an executive order to start the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act. Later on, Trump and his family attended three inaugural balls to end the day. Since his inauguartion, President Trump as signed multiple other executive orders about immigration and other hot topics.
“What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. Jan. 20, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again,” Trump said in his speech. “Everyone is listening to you now.”