Friday, January 20, 2017 |
Donald Trump has officially been sworn in as the 45th President of the United State. We reflect on parts of the inauguration with Californians who either attended or viewed the event.
Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke says his posse was invited to represent Merced and California at the inauguration.
He described how surprised other event-goers seemed surprised that he was from California.
"I'm the first sheriff to ride with his posse for this inauguration — for any inauguration," Warnke says.
Corrin Rankin was also at the inauguration. She was chosen as a delegate at the Republican National Committee for Trump and chaired the Bay Area African Americans for Trump.
She thinks Trump will use his first 100 days to bring law and order and successfully repeal the Affordable Care Act.
"When I hear Donald's Trump message that he's going to take power back from the establishment ... that excites me," Rankin says.
NPR's Sam Sanders watched the inauguration from the National Mall. He says he saw people of all ages and ethnicities present but still witnessed back and forths of opinion.
"The mood today is still pretty divided," Sanders says.
Cathy Ballantine, lead volunteer for the Women's March in Sacramento, says she found Trump's speech eye-opening.
Concepts that she found untouchable like Planned Parenthood or universal health care she now sees at risk.
"We need to stay awake and we need to stay in the fight to support each other and stay organized," Ballantine says.