On January 20, 2017 the United States swore in the 45th President, Donald J. Trump. This was arguably one of the most controversial inaugurations in Presidential history. In attendance were former President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton, along with many other prominent political figures were also there. However, some politicians opted out of the event due to their opposition to the new president’s beliefs. Some celebrities who went to D.C. to show support for the new president included Jon Voight, Caitlyn Jenner, Stephen Baldwin and more. It is estimated that there were about 600,000 civilians in attendance, according to Vox. President Trump’s later remarks contradicted that number saying he believed there were 1.5 million people in attendance rather than 600,000.
The day after the inauguration women and men united around the country in opposition to President Trumps proposed policies including reversing Roe v. Wade, getting rid of Obamacare, building a wall, and many others. Women Marches popped up globally from Los Angeles to Sydney. Many women traveled to Washington D.C. to have their voices heard in the nation’s capital. The message surrounding the Women’s March was unity, to represent a group of individuals who highlighted togetherness over the popular belief amongst the liberal community that our new leader supports a more divided and selective society. Other people viewed this event as a waste of time since they had already elected a president, though the message of the march was not to argue the legitimacy of the election, but to find strength when the liberal voice seemed diminished.
“When I marched I felt empowered and proud to be a woman,” said senior Deryn Gersoff. “I felt like my voice mattered.”
The Women’s March was not the only march that took place in the first ten days of Trump’s presidency. The March for Life is an annual event that has been going on since 1974. Women and men march in D.C. to take a stand against abortion. This event always takes place around the anniversary of the Supreme Court passing Roe v. Wade, and the group commenced its 44th march on January 27, 2017. Vice President Mike Pence spoke at the event quoting “Life is winning,” (Fox News). Mike Pence, a conservative strongly pro-life, gave his full support along with President Trump.
President Trumps first ten days have been eventful to say the least. Some of the most significant executive orders include the suspension of the US refugee admissions program for 120 days and the Syrian refugee admissions program indefinitely. Trump blocked immigrants and visa holders from seven countries with a Muslim majority such as Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and Sudan from entering the United States for 90 days. Hundreds of people in transit were detained at airports and refused admission to the US, at least temporarily, with some being deported. The government claimed that this “ban” would not apply to green-card holders from those countries, unless there was specific derogatory intelligence on them. Trump reinstated the “the global gag rule” a policy from previous Republican administrations that blocks federal funding from international family planning organizations (Vox News). People around the country have protested due to their discontent with these executive orders which should show in President Trump the world that is indeed watching.
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