Plans for the 58th Presidential Inauguration, scheduled for Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, continue. However, as the Capitol makes preparations to swear-in the Republican president-elect Donald Trump, an increasing number of opponents to the real estate mogul have begun planning demonstrations to juxtapose the inauguration.
Construction of the inaugural platform began Sept. 21 on the West Front Lawn of the U.S. Capitol with the ceremonial driving of the first nail hosted by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies [JCCIC] and the Architect of the Capitol.
JCCIC has been responsible for planning the swearing-in and inaugural luncheon of the president at the U.S. Capitol since 1901.
“The Presidential Inauguration may seem to be a routine event, but it remains a uniquely American symbol of our constitutional system,” said JCCIC Chairman and Missouri Senator Roy Blunt in a released statement.
“While inaugural traditions may have varied over the years, their fundamental premise remains unchanged and unwavering. They have represented both national renewal and continuity of leadership for two centuries and will continue to do so into the future,” Blunt said.
With less than 100 days for President Obama to tie up loose ends before the presidency transitions to the Trump administration. During that time Trump will prepare for his presidency. His administration will need to fill about 4,000 positions, chose nominees for his cabinet and secure confirmation from the Senate for those choices before the inauguration.
A number of progressive groups say they’re also making preparations for the inauguration including plans to hold anti-Trump demonstrations.
The inaugural platform is constructed entirely from the ground for each inaugural ceremony. The 58th Presidential Inaugural Platform’s expanse will be more than 10,000 square feet and will hold nearly 1,6000 guests including the president and vice president elects and their families, members of the Senate and House of Representatives, cabinet members and nominees, Supreme Court justices and former presidents.
In the day following the elections, college campuses and downtown streets across the nation have seen massive anti-Trump demonstrations with the same expected for Trump’s inaugural ceremony.
Trump has faced criticism for comments made during his campaign and many demonstrators say they want to voice their uncertainty about Trump as America’s next leader and to express their displeasure over his routinely insulting words. Those comments have launched attacks against women, illegal Mexican immigrants and disabled individuals, just to name a few. Trump has also proposed a future ban on Muslims from entering the U.S during his campaign.
The Act Now to Stop War & End Racism Coalition [ANSWER] plans to demonstrate on Pennsylvania Avenue, just blocks away from where Trump will be sworn in, on Inauguration Day.
“Donald Trump is a racist, sexist bigot. We believe that tens of thousands of progressive people will be in the streets on Inauguration Day and in the weeks and months afterward,” the organization said in a call to action on its website.
“On Inauguration Day, thousands will be in the streets regardless to give voice to the millions of people in this country who are demanding systemic change,” the ANSWER statement said.
ANSWER started in the days following the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks and says it has led protests that have attracted hundreds of thousands of protestors. The organization said it led a 2013 antiwar protest that brought 200,000 people to D.C. It has also organized demonstrations across the country in response to Trump’s presidential election victory.
Over 25,000 people have expressed interest in the event on the organization’s Facebook.
Nearly 50,000 people have confirmed attendance on Facebook for the “Women’s March on Washington” that will begin at the Lincoln Memorial the day after the inauguration ceremony.
On Twitter, the blunt-spoken president-elect took a softer tone when speaking about post-election protestors.
“Love the fact that the small groups of protestors last night have passion for our great country. We will all come together and be proud,” Trump said.