US president-elect, Donald Trump, is set to be inaugurated on 20 January 2017. No, you’re not having a nightmare. It’s real. But, while presidential inaugurations are usually celebratory events, the great malaise associated with Trump’s term – and the rise in bigotry associated with it – has meant that some aren’t willing to be complicit in what unfolds.
Here are five ways people are planning to disrupt, subvert, or boycott Trump’s inauguration as the 45th President of the USA.
1. Protests and marches during and around the inauguration
The largest of these is the Women’s March on Washington, which is expected to draw in around 200, 000 people. But this is just one of many planned demonstrations which are taking place all over the US.
— Mary Pryor (@msmarypryor) January 17, 2017
DisruptJ20, for example, is a week of demonstrations where queer activists plan on hosting a party outside the house of vice-president-elect, Mike Pence, who is known for holding strong sentiments against queer rights.
2. At least 38 members of congress will be boycotting the inauguration
Although this is a small number when considering there are 535 members of the US congress, it’s still quite the statement. Many of these congress members have published statements saying that they are boycotting the inauguration because they stand with women, Muslims, immigrants, and other US minorities that are usually the target of Trump’s anti-humanitarian rhetoric.
Representative Barbara Lee from California explained her decision: “On January 20th, I will not be celebrating or honoring an incoming president who rode racism, sexism, xenophobia, and bigotry to the White House. I will be organising and preparing for resistance.”
3. Many celebrities have refused to perform at the ceremony
US presidential inaugurations are traditionally high-profile events that feature the most prominent musical acts of the time. President Obama’s 2009 inauguration, for example, featured artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, John Legend, Josh Groban, Shakira, U2, and Beyoncé. Yet these same artists, and many others have outright refused to attend or perform at Trump’s inauguration. Some will be performing at the protests instead.
Trump didn’t take this too well, and took to his personal echo-chamber, Twitter, to vent his frustration, as he usually does.
The so-called “A” list celebrities are all wanting tixs to the inauguration, but look what they did for Hillary, NOTHING. I want the PEOPLE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2016
4. International demonstrations planned for 21 January in solidarity with US protests
As an incoming leader of the “free world”, many are rightly quite worried about Trump’s impact on the international terrain. Here are some of the countries whose citizens will be demonstrating alongside the Women’s March.
Growing stronger every day: pic.twitter.com/G0657STchh
— Women’s March London (@womensmarchlon) January 15, 2017
5. People calling for Obama to resign a day early, making Joe Biden president for a day
This would also mean Trump would not be the 45th President of the US, and make all memorabilia calling him that, illegitimate.
Of course, this is almost entirely tongue-in-cheek and was in fact a suggestion from a parody account on Twitter.
Obama should resign a day early to make Biden the 45th President just to ruin all of Trump’s merchandise
— Savage Biden (@SavageBiden) January 17, 2017
But hey, there’s even a change.org campaign, and the ‘Joebama’ bromance has certainly captured peope’s imaginations.