Welcome to the San Diego Free Press Inauguration Day liveblog. Additional coverage will appear on our Facebook page throughout the day. Our Progressive Calendar has updated information on planned protests for the entire weekend,
The most recent posts will be at the top of this page, starting at about 8:30am PST.
Each post will be labeled with one of three terms:
LOCAL NEWS: Reports from our citizen journalists
NATIONAL BREAKING: Reports & photos from our Washington DC correspondent, Barbara Zaragoza, along with information gleaned thru social media.
NATIONAL OVERNIGHT: News from earlier demonstrations, plus reports about the Trump administration.
2PM UPDATE: I’m taking a break for now… Will come back if something major happens. We’ll have more posts as the weekend goes on…
Via FACEBOOK h/t Adolfo Villanueva
Vast majority even at this event are protesting nonviolently. Important to note https://t.co/sjbJDcNPxk
— Vann R. Newkirk II (@fivefifths) January 20, 2017
NATIONAL BREAKING: Limo on fire near Washington Post building… A group of about 200 anarchists calling themselves the Black Bloc trashed K street.
America First is literally a fascist slogan.
Dr. Seuss knew it in the 1930s: pic.twitter.com/9DJgObcTL4
— LibrarianShipwreck (@libshipwreck) January 20, 2017
BREAKING NATIONAL: It takes all kinds, via Barbara Zaragoza in DC.
LOCAL NEWS: From Frank Gormlie at the Federal Building in downtown San Diego. He says the crowd has grown to more than 500, as a second march that started in Balboa Park has arrived.
NATIONAL BREAKING: From Barabara Zaragoza in Washington DC
LOCAL NEWS: Horatio Jones Facebook video of San Diego marchers going through downtown.
Parade route from Capital to WH. Entire stands empty. Crowd thin. pic.twitter.com/7AcpJkBO8O
— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) January 20, 2017
NATIONAL BREAKING: First petition on new White House site demands release of Donald Trump’s tax returns.
LOCAL NEWS: Crowd estimated at 300 has left City College and are marching down A Street. Police appeared to be ready to counter any attempts at blocking freeway. Nothing happened.
NATIONAL BREAKING: Media outlets freaking out over violence in DC. Don’t be fooled.
DC police chief says “we will get it under control.” Small group of about 200 making scenes and they will be “held accountable.”
— Rick Klein (@rickklein) January 20, 2017
“We are against the racist policies of Donald trump” says protestor in Mexico City pic.twitter.com/dzyRWKnhZS
— emilytgreen (@emilytgreen) January 20, 2017
NATIONAL BREAKING: Various media reporting that about 90 protesters in DC have been arrested. One reporter near a confrontation with police says the media outnumber the protesters.
A few dozen anarchist folks out there, throwing rocks/bricks at police. Saw one cop go down w/ leg injury. More media than black bloc folks. https://t.co/fopGagrXce
— David Fahrenthold (@Fahrenthold) January 20, 2017
LOCAL NEWS: Frank Gormlie reports there is a small crowd gathered to protest at City College in the rain.
NATIONAL OVERNIGHT: Southwest Airlines gets in the mood for the Women’s March, via Daily Kos:
Texas-based Southwest Airlines is helping to light up the skies in pink by illuminating some of their cabins with a glowing support of The Women’s March scheduled for Saturday. The main march for human rights will take place in Washington DC, with concurrent protests being held in other cities across the country.
NATIONAL BREAKING: Impeach Trump Campaign Underway
Via the Washington Post:
The effort to impeach President Donald John Trump is already underway.
At the moment the new commander in chief was sworn in, a campaign to build public support for his impeachment went live at ImpeachDonaldTrumpNow.org, spearheaded by two liberal advocacy groups aiming to lay the groundwork for his eventual ejection from the White House.
The organizers behind the campaign, Free Speech for People and RootsAction, are hinging their case on Trump’s insistence on maintaining ownership of his luxury hotel and golf course business while in office. Ethics experts have warned that his financial holdings could potentially lead to constitutional violations and undermine public faith in his decision-making.
— Kelly Hessedal (@KellyCBS8) January 20, 2017
NATIONAL OVERNIGHT: In Case You Missed This…
NATIONAL BREAKING: There have been reports of violence at scattered demonstration locations in Washington DC.
Via the Huffington Post:
Tweets from D.C. showed people smashing windows at a Bank of America location, and a Starbucks was vandalized at the intersection of 13th Street and I Street. It was unclear who was doing the damage.
Police were seen spraying liquid at protesters ― several reported getting pepper-sprayed on Twitter ― as the expectation of peace at the D.C. protests began to crumble.
“It’s a bunch of anarchists,” said one Secret Service agent. “Fun times. It’s what we expected.”
There were also peaceful demonstrations across the city. Protesters had any number of grievances with their new president, be it his policies, his Cabinet nominations or his encouragement of violence during the 2016 campaign.
Protesters smash windows of Bank of America, police moving in pic.twitter.com/lJZDQSwagB
— Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) January 20, 2017
Jared Sexton spent the morning listening to Trump supporters in the crowd.
When the cannons went off somebody screamed did they shoot obama, followed by chants of USAand lock her up
— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) January 20, 2017
So it begins: all references to climate change have been wiped from the White House website.https://t.co/IJzVtDEmYJ
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) January 20, 2017
— Jay Franzone (@JayFranzone) January 20, 2017
NATIONAL OVERNIGHT–25,000 people gathered in New York last night to protest the incoming of Trump. Here’s Alec Baldwin:
NATIONAL OVERNIGHT– Trump’s early priorities, via Reuters:
Trump is expected to sign an executive order in his first few days to direct the building of a wall on the southern border with Mexico, and actions to limit the entry of asylum seekers from Latin America, among several immigration-related steps his advisers have recommended.
That includes rescinding Obama’s order that allowed more than 700,000 people brought into the United States illegally as children to stay in the country on a two-year authorization to work and attend college, according to several people close to the presidential transition team.
It is unlikely Trump’s order will result in an immediate roundup of these immigrants, sources told Reuters. Rather, he is expected to let the authorizations expire.
Reminder that “America First” is a slogan first used by Nazi sympathizers in the U.S. https://t.co/jB6q54GfLd
— Alexander C. Kaufman (@AlexCKaufman) January 20, 2017
Trump Inaugural address: dark, bitter, nationalistic.
— Jeff Stein (@SpyTalker) January 20, 2017
NPR- Donald Trump was sworn in at noon as the 45th president of the United States, with the oath administered by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. The 70-year-old billionaire real estate mogul and former reality TV star becomes the first president ever to have neither prior political nor military service.
His wife Melania held two Bibles — a personal family Bible and the Bible that President Lincoln used at his first inauguration — and he was surrounded by his five children:
— Binyamin Appelbaum (@BCAppelbaum) January 20, 2017
NATIONAL BREAKING–Photos by Barbara Zaragoza: Haters on the way to the mall; Uncle Sam in DC subway
— San Francisco Daily (@DailySanFran) January 20, 2017
NATIONAL OVERNIGHT–VIA National Public Radio:
Washington, D.C., is a walled in — or at least fenced in — city today. Miles of chain-link fence, Jersey barriers and steel barricades line the streets and sidewalks for inauguration activities.
Officials say 28,000 law enforcement personnel are on hand, prepared (they hope) for pretty much anything — from drones (prohibited at all times in the airspace above Washington), to protesters. About 100 square blocks are closed to vehicle traffic.
There are Secret Service agents, Transportation Security Administration personnel, FBI agents, 2,800 D.C. police, 3,200 police from out of town and 7,800 National Guard troops. The Coast Guard will be patrolling the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers. Dump trucks, buses and other heavy vehicles are in place to deter possible vehicle attacks, like the kind that killed scores in Nice and Berlin last year.
Remember precisely how today feels, and commit to using every last shred of that angry energy for action.
He wins the moment we calm down.
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) January 20, 2017