Downtown streets have been cordoned off, concrete barriers now temporarily block avenues and business entrances and thousands of law enforcement officials have already poured into the District as we prepare for the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.
And while Trump’s supporters say they’ll be out in force to witness his swearing-in and the parade that will follow, then later donning their Sunday best for invitation-only balls and celebratory soirees, there will be hundreds of thousands of protestors who promise to exercise their First Amendment rights which guarantee freedoms that include expression, assembly and the right to petition.
We’ve been led to believe that there’s a marked difference between the unpredictable Donald Trump we witnessed on the campaign trail and Donald Trump, the soon-to-be 45th president of the United States. But it’s hard to know with any certainty if that’s the gospel truth.
After all, Trump, while a proven master of the Twittersphere, has held just a handful of press conferences since his surprise victory — even then he hasn’t been one to give voice to those who have opposed him or posed questions that placed him in a less than favorable light.
Perhaps the reality of what’s in store for him has finally begun to sink in. Maybe he’s beginning to realize that while it was okay for him to assume the stance of dictator in his private business dealings, that in his stead as the U.S. president, he represents one of three branches of a democratically run government.
Before we join with those lamenting the rise of Donald Trump, we have decided to place a watchful eye on his actions, listen with care to his words and to critically assess how his team makes their transition in key positions including the U.S. attorney general, the secretary of state and the secretary of defense.
Indeed, we promise that we will be watching, listening, evaluating and questioning Mr. Trump and the new administration, reminding him and his team, whenever necessary, that they now work for us.