Outside the official ceremony, protesters took to the streets of D.C., clashing at times with law enforcement and counter-protesters.
The culmination of the inauguration was Trump’s address, where he repeated many of the populist statements that he used on the campaign trail, ending with his now infamous slogan, “Make America Great Again!”
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While many Trump supporters may have found his words inspiring, some members of press found the speech to be “divisive and dark.”
The internet had a field day with the speech, comparing it to a fictional villain’s speech from “The Dark Knight Rises.”
While the transfer of power was taking place at the capitol, there was also one on social media. President Obama made a series of optimistic tweets before the official @POTUS account was switched over to Donald Trump.
The Twitter transfer didn’t go smoothly, as observant followers realized the cover image for Trump’s new account was actually from Obama’s inauguration.
Online criticism came elsewhere, especially Hollywood.
And even Variety’s own TV critic.
After the inauguration ceremony, Trump kept with tradition.
But even the parade was met with protest.
The civil unrest only escalated as inauguration day dragged on.
As the sun settles in D.C. and the President and First Lady head to the official inaugural balls, another day of protest is planned for Saturday, both in Washington, D.C. and around the nation.