Trump Inauguration 2017 Live Blog: Protests continue as Trumps arrive at the White House


A new era began on Jan. 20, 2017, when Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. 

President Barack Obama, in his farewell speech on Jan. 10, promised a "peaceful transfer of power from one freely elected president to the next." Nevertheless, Trump's inauguration is shaping up to be a bumpy ride, with a third of congressional Democrats planning to boycott his swearing in and hundreds of thousands of protesters slated to march on Washington on Jan. 21.

Mic's reporters will be on the ground in Washington, D.C., throughout inauguration weekend. We'll keep you updated on the pomp and circumstance, politics and protests as they happen.

All times are Eastern.

Friday, Jan. 20

6:09 p.m.: We are signing off for tonight. Updates will continue on this live blog starting Saturday at 9 a.m.

5:10 p.m.: James Mattis has been confirmed as Trump's secretary of defense

4:56 p.m.: Police are using pepper spray on protesters who are chanting, "Hands up! Don't shoot!"

4:44 p.m.: A limo is engulfed in flames on K and 13th streets

4:38 p.m.: Trump family arrives at White House

4:34 p.m.: Protesters allegedly set a limo on fire on K Street

4:15 p.m.: Trump, along with his family, walked briefly down the parade route

4:00 p.m.: Parade route sidelines are beginning to be cleared out

3:46 p.m.: Supporters line street as motorcade makes its way to the White House

3:37 p.m.: Inaugural parade begins, Trump family making their way from the Capitol to the White House

3:19 p.m.: Inaugural parade set to begin, Tumps preparing to leave Capitol

3:09 p.m.: Trump prepares to leave for parade

Trump acknowledged Hillary and Bill Clinton at luncheon, has audience stand and applaud for them.

3:04 p.m.: Trump addresses Congressional luncheon

2:59 p.m.: Inaugural parade is set to begin shortly, crowds appear thin along route

2:21 p.m.: Police are using hoses on some protesters 

2:11 p.m.: Protesters are violently clashing with police

Pepper spray and flash bangs are being used on protesters — some who were throwing rocks at police officers — ahead of the inaugural parade.

1:52 p.m.: Police are now using chemicals to disperse protesters 

1:51 p.m.: Standing Rock Lakota protesters are now marching towards inaugural parade route 

1:44 p.m.: The armed forces prepare for the inaugural parade

Mic's Celeste Katz reports from the side of the parade route:

Some of the crowds from the mall are assembling on both sides of Constitution Avenue for the inaugural parade. Members of the armed forces are standing at attention along the route. The crowd is patiently waiting behind barriers on both sides of the street and cheering departing members of the Secret Service.

The parade is slated to begin at 3 p.m.

1:35 p.m.: Donald and Melania Trump arrive at inaugural luncheon

The luncheon is held in Statuary Hall in the Capitol. The menu includes Maine lobster, Gulf shrimp and Virginia beef.

1:34 p.m.: Barack and Michelle Obama board plane for California

1:19 p.m.: Mic's Aaron Morrison reports on earlier Union Station protest

Mic's Aaron Morrison witnessed a protest in Washington's Union Station while Trump took his oath of office:

More than a thousand protesters marched on Washington's Union Station, as Donald Trump took the oath of office around noon on Friday. The demonstration moved into the train station, which has a view of Capitol Hill where the inaugural ceremony was taking place. Inside, protesters crowded past people waiting at Amtrak boarding gates and food stalls.

"Trump and Pence are fascist! Trump and Pence are illegitimate!" marchers chanted.

Michael Harris, 27, of Cleveland, came to Washington with a group from Ohio to voice his displeasure with Trump's election. "I'm pissed," he said. "I hate that man. But this is an opportunity to witness the resistance."

Harris, who is black, added, "I've never seen so many caucasians screaming 'Black Lives Matter.' I think we all need to join as one."

David Lippman, a 66-year-old semi-retired musician from New York City, said he wanted to see the massive protests continue beyond Inauguration Day. 

"Social movements are going to have to make a big stink," he said. "Black Lives Matter has to stay out there. Native communities too. And the people crusading to save the planet have to stay out there."

1:09 p.m.: President Donald Trump attends President's Room signing ceremony

Trump, surrounded by his family and Republican leaders, signed orders.

1:09 p.m.: Barack Obama addresses staff and supporters at Joint Base Andrews

"Michelle and I, we've really been milking this goodbye thing," he joked.

1:00 p.m.: Barack and Michelle Obama exit Marine One at Joint Base Andrews

12:41 p.m.: Barack and Michelle Obama board Marine One

The former president and first lady bid farewell to Donald and Melania Trump before boarding the helicopter. The Obamas will travel to Palm Springs, California, after the inauguration.

"I want to do some writing," Obama told reporters, according to the LA Times. "I want to be quiet a little bit and not hear myself talk so darn much. I want to spend precious time with my girls."

12:28 p.m.: Donald Trump leaves the inauguration platform

12:26 p.m.: Jackie Evancho sings the national anthem

"I have recently been asked by the president-elect to perform the national anthem for the swearing-in ceremony at the inauguration," Evancho said in a Today show interview, according to Billboard. "I'm so excited. It's going to be awesome."

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12:19 p.m.: Faith leaders provide readings and benediction

12:02 p.m.: David Duke, former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard, congratulates Donald Trump

12:02 p.m.: Donald Trump delivers inaugural address

"We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people," Trump said at the start of his speech. "Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come."

Trump ended the address with his trademark promise: to "make America great again."

12:00 p.m.: The @POTUS Twitter account is turned over to Donald Trump

Looking for former President Barack Obama's tweets? His tweets are now located at @POTUS44.


According to Gizmodo, his cover photo is from Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009.

The @FLOTUS account has been transferred from Michelle Obama to Melania Trump. Michelle Obama's tweets are now located at @MichelleObama.

12:00 p.m.: Donald Trump is now the president of the United States of America.

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11:59 a.m.: Chief Justice John Roberts administers presidential oath of office to Donald Trump

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11:55 a.m.: Mormon Tabernacle Choir and U.S. Marine band perform "America the Beautiful"

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11:53 a.m.: Justice Clarence Thomas administers vice presidential oath of office to Mike Pence

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11:52 a.m.: Crowd reacts to inauguration entrances

Mic's Celeste Katz reported from the National Mall:

The crowd near the Capitol steps is making their feelings known about various American political dignitaries as the famous figures make their entrances.

President Jimmy Carter garnered only weak applause. And the Clintons received an even weaker reception. Inauguration guests laughed as Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee Donald Trump defeated, was shown on the Jumbotron clapping along to the music. Michelle Obama and Jill Biden got zilch from the crowd, and President George W. Bush got a chuckle thanks to one of his signature smirks.  

The excitement and camera lenses rose in tandem as Melania Trump and Karen Pence — the soon-to-be first and second ladies of the U.S. — finally emerged from the Capitol.

The crowd exchanged satisfied smiles and a few high-fives as Trump emerged stone-faced on the big screens — and laughed as he looked directly into the cameras, appearing on screen to be staring down the audience.

11:47 a.m.: New York Sen. Chuck Schumer speaks

"We face threats foreign and domestic," Schumer said. "In such times, faith in our government, our institutions and even or country can erode. Despite these challenges, I stand here today confident in this great country for one reason: you, the American people."

11:40 a.m.: A large group of protesters marches down D Street

11:37 a.m.: Prayer leaders take the podium

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez and Pastor Paula White-Cain delivered readings.

11:31 a.m.: Donald Trump arrives at inauguration platform

The president-elect kissed Melania Trump and Michelle Obama and shook hands with Barack Obama. 

11:28 a.m.: Mike Pence arrives at inauguration platform

The incoming vice president shook hands with former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter.

11:25 a.m.: Barack Obama and Joe Biden arrive at inauguration platform

Obama, smiling, shook hands with Donald Trump's children.

11:23 a.m.: ANSWER protesters having trouble reaching demonstration site

Mic's Jack Smith IV reports:

Protesters with the left-wing ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) Coalition said in interviews that they're having trouble reaching the site of their permitted demonstration along the Inauguration Day parade route.

Hundreds of protesters — up to perhaps 1,000 — were left to chant slogans at 7th and D Streets in Northwest Washington as they waited to pass into the Navy Memorial grounds for the protest.

"This is not what democracy looks like," said Emily, an ANSWER protester who declined to give her last name. "We've been here since 6 a.m."

The ANSWER Coalition secured a permit to protest at the Navy Memorial, within the security perimeter of the inaugural ceremony. But that means having to pass through a checkpoint.

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11:22 a.m.: Melania Trump arrives at inauguration platform

11:17 a.m.: Michelle Obama and Jill Biden arrive at inauguration platform

The outgoing first lady and second lady arrived at the platform together.

On Twitter, some viewers said they were sad to say goodbye to Michelle Obama — while others tried to decode her facial expression.

11:07 a.m.: Donald Trump's children arrive at inauguration platform

"Tomorrow will be an incredible day," Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, tweeted Thursday night.

11:02 a.m.: Obamas and Trumps arrive on Capitol Hill

11:00 a.m.: George W. Bush and Laura Bush arrive at inauguration platform

10:58 a.m.: Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton arrive at inauguration platform

In a Friday morning tweet, the former presidential candidate explained why she was attending Trump's inauguration.

10:54 a.m.: Donald Trump en route to Capitol Hill

Following tea in the White House, the soon-to-be 45th president made his way to Capitol Hill for the inauguration ceremony.

10:48 a.m.: Obamas and Trumps leave White House 

The incoming president and first lady and their departing counterparts left the White House after tea.

Joe Biden and Mike Pence departed the White House, as well.

10:46 a.m.: Tensions escalate among anarchist protesters

10:38 a.m.: Bernie Sanders arrives 

The Vermont senator, who lost the Democratic primary race to Hillary Clinton, arrived at the Capitol for the inauguration.

10:19 a.m.: Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton arrive at the Capitol Building

10:07 a.m.: Trade Justice coalition have begun to shut down another entrance

10:03 a.m: Protesters have refused to let Trump supporters through the red gate

David Turnbull, a spokesman for the coalition of protesters, said that the blockade has been in place for over an hour. He said some Trump supporters got aggressive and tried to force their way through the demonstrators, but that "it hasn't been too bad."

"We had to help clarify that they were going to need to go another route," Turnbull said of a few Trump supporters who tried to get physical.

9:49 a.m.: Protesters and Trump supporters are clashing at red gate entrance to the inauguration 

9:45 a.m.: Outgoing President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama greet Donald Trump and Melania Trump as they arrive at the White House

9:36 a.m.: Protesters and Trump supporters begin to clash

Massive, graphic anti-abortion banners held by a group called the Revelations 3:2 Project greeted attendees outside the inauguration perimeter's "red gate." 

Joe, a tie-dye-clad Trump supporter who says he came from Tampa, Florida, because "President Trump sent me an email," yelled at a man preaching through a speaker that he's "mentally ill." Joe told me he's pro-choice — but not from a women's rights perspective. "If abortion was illegal, we'd have 5,000 crack babies a year," he said. "Do we need 5,000 crack babies a year?"

9:28 a.m.: Obama, Joe Biden leave Oval Office for the final time

9:21 a.m.: Outgoing President Barack Obama sends final tweets from @POTUS Twitter account

9:13 a.m.: Trump supporters look at Black Lives Matter protesters who have shutdown entrance

9:05 a.m.: Congressional staffers are handing out free tickets to the inauguration

8:53 a.m.: Black Lives Matter protesters continue to stand ground at entrance to inauguration

8:48 a.m.: Guests are moving quickly and easily through the Rayburn office building to inauguration

At the entrances for seats close to the Capitol, security lines moved swiftly as guests with green and teal tickets passed through the Rayburn office building and into the perimeter.

While the magnetometers were busy, there was little other security or direction provided and guests appeared to be able to move freely throughout the government office complex.

8:45 a.m.: Trump and his family have arrived for a church service before the inauguration

8:35 a.m.: Black Lives Matter protesters have chained themselves to gates of entrance 

8:32 a.m.: Black Lives Matter protesters expand line, begin chanting "shut it down!"

8:24 a.m.: Black Lives Matter protesters shut down Judiciary Square entrance to inauguration

8:08 a.m.: Police in riot gear break up blockade 

8:00 a.m.: LGBTQ protesters dance at security checkpoint

7:55 a.m.: Black Lives Matter protesters in action

Mic is live at a Black Lives Matter inauguration protest.

"When black lives are under attack, what do we do?" a leader chanted.

"Stand up, fight back," the crowd responded.

7:46 a.m.: Spirited inauguration attire

Mic's Celeste Katz rode the train to Capitol South with these inauguration revelers:

7:31 a.m.: Trump's first tweet of the day

"It all begins today!" the 45th president of the United States tweeted.

7:30 a.m.: Crowds trickling into the National Mall

Here's a shot of the National Mall at 7:30 a.m.:

7:30 a.m.: Blockade at 6th and Indiana mostly clear, while other protests continue

Mic's Jack Smith IV reported that the blockade at 6th and Indiana is now clear. "Protesters dragged out instead of arrested," he wrote on Twitter.

Meanwhile, protests carried on elsewhere in D.C. — like this one, at Union Square:

7:25 a.m.: Protests at security checkpoints

Mic's Jack Smith IV is on the scene of a protest at a checkpoint at 6th and Indiana.

7:20 a.m.: Black Lives Matter prepares for action

Mic's Aaron Morrison is embedded with Black Lives Matter protesters near the red security gate.

7:12 a.m.: Some security gates still experiencing problems

Secret Service said some security checkpoints "were experiencing power issues," according to WJLA

6:54 a.m.: More spectators getting through security gates

WJLA reporter Suzanne Kennedy, reporting from the orange gate, tweeted that inauguration attendees were finally moving through the security checkpoint.

6:44 a.m.: At least one security gate opens

WISN reporter Patrick Paolantonio shared a video on Twitter of crowds entering an inauguration security gate.

6:40 a.m.: Security gates remain closed

Law enforcement said the gates weren't staffed enough to open, according to WJLA reporter Sam Sweeney.

6:15 a.m.: Security gates still not open

The inauguration security gates did not open at their scheduled time of 6 a.m.

According to WJLA reporter Sam Sweeney, a law enforcement official said at least one checkpoint did not have enough staffing to open:

5:00 a.m.: Crowds are gathered outside security gates

Crowds gathered in the wee hours of the morning outside the security gates, which open at 6 a.m.

Videos shared on Twitter by WJLA reporter Sam Sweeney show Trump supporters praying and singing "Amazing Grace" at a security checkpoint:

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