President-Elect Donald Trump will be sworn in on January 20th and President Obama will give his final farewells, with many people set to participate in organized protests and marches against Trump. As a result of Trump’s massively controversial campaign that angered many people and led to one of the few elections in history in which a candidate won the electoral college, but lost the popular vote. Many people have been voicing their dissent and currently the number of people expected to show up to Donald Trump’s inauguration is massively smaller than anyone would have ever thought.
Donald Trump has seemingly repelled many celebrities and popular people, because of his racist and misogynistic comments. These comments have led to celebrities and performers refusing or declining to perform because they do not want to be associated with the racist, xenophobic, and sexist campaign of Donald Trump. The Rockettes dancing group was originally set to perform, but soon the manager allowed the dancers to make their own decision as to whether or not they wanted to perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration. A Rockettes dancer said: “This is not a Republican or Democrat issue — this is a women’s rights issue. This is an issue of racism and sexism, something that’s much bigger than politics. We walk into work and everyone has different political views.” The list of celebrities who won’t perform at Trump’s inauguration according to IJR.com:
- Andrea Bocelli
- The Chainsmokers
- Garth Brooks
- Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Aretha Franklin
- David Foster
- Celine Dion
- Sir Elton John
- Jennifer Holliday
Trump’s rhetoric during the campaign trail has led many different groups of people, such as women and minority groups, to disapprove of the President-Elect, which will result in massive boycotts of Trump’s campaign. After Trump’s attacks on many politicians as well as most recently John Lewis, more than 60 Democrats in Congress have decided to boycott the inauguration. Not only have Democrats in Congress decide to boycott the inauguration, but many American people have decided to boycott or protest the inauguration.
To give some context to Trump’s inauguration: in 2009, 3,000 buses applied for parking permits, while just 200 have applied for parking permits this year and there are 1,200 buses that applied for parking permits for the Women’s March on Saturday. Think about that; let it sink in. Six times as many buses have applied for permits for the Women’s March to protest Donald Trump’s inauguration as the number of buses that have applied for parking permits to attend his inauguration. 200,000 demonstrations are set to protest in the Women’s March on Washington. Donald Trump’s inauguration has been an absolute failure with the celebrities and the American people; it is an embarrassment.