WASHINGTON – As the 45th president of the United States was sworn in, thousands gathered to watch the peaceful transition of power and the following parade on Inauguration Day as protests took place nearby.
President Donald Trump said in his inaugural address that the nation can expect an immediate change. He said his goal is to solely focus on America’s destiny.
“We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth, and we will bring back our dreams,” Trump said. “We will shine for everyone to follow.”
In a divisive political climate, he encouraged people to participate in the conversation that he said will unite America.
“When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. We must speak our minds openly,” President Trump said. “When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.”
His speech focused on standing in solidarity with one another and reminded everyone that they are all Americans.
“Whether we are black, brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots,” Trump said.
His speech left people with two main messages.
“The forgotten men and women will be forgotten no longer,” Trump said. “We will put America first.”
He reminded the crowds to stay connected through the love of our country.
“We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny.”
Blocks away, some protests turned violent as windows were smashed and a car was set on fire. Police responded with pepper spray and the arrest of more than 200 people. Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia officials described the violence as relatively minor.