Protesters in US rally against Trump presidency

Vivian Hall, a blue-collar worker in Florida, hitched an overnight van ride with strangers. "We are open to having a conversation with any Trump supporter", she shouted.

With today marking the official inauguartion in of Donald Trump as President of the United State (wow, I can't believe I'm actually typing those words...), many of us are scared, sad and even some of us are beyond delirious with what seems like a joke. For his devotees, the inauguration is only barely less vindication. "There is a powerful, visceral fear that they woke up in a country they don't recognize". It was like a Trump campaign rally, except now the swamp was theirs.

Security in the U.S. capital has been severely ramped up ahead of the inauguration as dozens of protest have been planned. "We voted. We protested by going to the booths".

Though the College Democrats did not collectively have an Inauguration Day watch party, some had strong opinions about the transition of power from Barack Obama to Donald Trump. Then a middle-aged woman, also in Trump gear, approached to talk.

"This is a great moment in history".

Bringing together "people of all genders, ages, races, cultures, political affiliations and backgrounds", organizers say the protest march seeks to secure immigrant rights and access to abortion services, among other demands - things which Trump's critics accuse him of wanting to curb.

The president-elect participated in a series of pre-inaugural rituals and celebrations, beginning with a reception at the Trump International Hotel he opened in downtown Washington previous year.

The roster of performers also paled in comparison.

Scores of anti-Trump vandals unleashed their rage Friday by smashing windows in three Washington businesses before cops used pepper spray to stop the rampage.

In the address, President Trump echoed populist themes that were central to his campaign, saying America's interests alone will be the top priority.

Standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, Voight said the legendary president was probably smiling about the arrival of a man who will "save" America.

He offered an informal preview of his inaugural address.

"I thought that Trump set a new agenda for our nation, and I'm excited about what we're going to be doing in the next four years", said Belton resident Aaron Zook, a retired Army colonel.

He then boasted again about how he had defied expectations. The incident occurred about 90 minutes before Trump was sworn in at the U.S. Capitol a mile and a half (2.4 km) away.

The capital was turned into a virtual fortress, with thousands of police officers.

More than 20 protest activities have been scheduled for Friday.

TMZ caught up with the singer as she attended an anti-Trump rally in New York City on Thursday night and she sent another message to Trump.

As the Associated Press reported, several protesters were heard booing attendees coming to and from the event.

Some of the dissent was quieter.

Mr Trump has dismissed criticism that his inaugural events are light on talent.

Trump, master showman, implausibly insisted that he didn't care if A-listers fêted him.

Trump supporters Chris and Karen Korthaus, who carried a life-size cardboard cutout of the former reality TV star, crossed paths with an anti-Trump crowd.

"In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore", the mission statement reads. I just feel really bad for them.

"I think it's the way people are being raised and I think it's time parents stand up and say 'oh look yeah that child may be a different color but we are all the same, '" Simiele said. "We were on the precipice of having the first woman president in the USA and I was so happy to cast my vote for a woman". I think Kanye was a publicity stunt.

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