By Devin Green
After a long race, Donald Trump has officially become President of the United States. Former presidents, political, and military figures and thousands of Americans attended the inauguration of the new president. Despite the amount of support that got him into office, Trump’s team had a lot of trouble getting that same support from performers. Their requests for musical performances were rejected by KISS, Elton John, Celine Dion and countless more performers. They managed to acquire performances by the Rockettes, 3 Doors Down, and several other groups, but the inauguration was nowhere near as star studded as that of those presidents before him.
The main event of this inauguration was Trump’s first official speech as President of the United States. In his speech he reiterated on many of the points he made along his road to the presidency and seemed to stand firm by them all. After the inauguration, he proceeded to follow through with some of these promises. On his first full day in office, Trump left the TPP, and froze federal hiring (outside of military careers). Several days after he cleared the controversial Dakota access pipeline for its continued construction, a proposal which had been previously rejected by Obama.
Trump’s entire campaign has been a very controversial one and his inauguration suffered just as much controversy. Protests were widespread both before and after the election. During the election protestors chained themselves to many of the checkpoints entering the event in an attempt to make their statement against Trump. The day after the inauguration, around half a million men and women attended the Women’s March on Washington. Those involved, marched in the pursuit of gender equality and against many of Trump’s policies which had a direct impact on the women of America. This march was extremely successful in conveying the reaction of many women to Trump’s election and the current state of gender equality in the country.