Everything You Need to Know About the Presidential Inauguration of Donald Trump
Friday, January 20, is upon us, and with it the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. The events surrounding the inauguration of the businessman and former Apprentice host will be covered heavily by television networks and streaming services. The swearing-in of President-elect Trump and his vice president, former Gov. Mike Pence, on Capitol Hill is just a fraction of what is happening on Inauguration Day. Here is your all-access guide to the inauguration of Donald Trump.
What time is the inauguration? Where can I watch the Inauguration Day events?
The actual inauguration ceremony won’t begin until 11:30am (Eastern Time), but festivities will begin airing as early as 7am on ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s Today, and CBS This Morning. FOX will begin live coverage at 11am with Shepherd Smith. All of the aforementioned networks will be streaming coverage on their respective websites.
Telemundo has announced it will cover the inauguration extensively beginning at 9am with Trump en la Casa Blanca. The network will also broadcast a special titled Los Hispanos y Trump that observes the inauguration through the eyes of five Hispanic people from different backgrounds. This year’s inauguration coverage will be the most in-depth in Telemundo’s history. It can also be streamed on NoticiasTelemundo.com.
ABC will continue coverage with World News Tonight, Nightline, and 20/20, while at 6pm CBS airs a Scott Pelley-hosted Evening News from D.C. and a live special starting at 8pm called Change and Challenge: The Inauguration of Donald Trump.
News channels like CNN, CNBC, C-SPAN and FOX News will be live-streaming both on television and online for the ceremony as well as during the parade and inaugural balls.
YouTube and Twitter are also getting in on the action by facilitating streaming for networks on their sites. YouTube is streaming coverage for C-SPAN, Bloomberg Politics, and Washington Post.
On USA Today’s YouTube channel, viewers can watch the inauguration with a 360-degree view beginning at 9:30am.
Twitter has partnered with PBS: NewsHour to live stream from 11am to 5pm
What does the president-elect say when he is sworn in?
The presidential oath of office is as follows:
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Who is performing at the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump?
For the Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration, Toby Keith, Lee Greenwood, 3 Doors Down, The Piano Guys, DJ RaviDrum and The Frontmen of County with Tim Rushlow, Larry Stewart and Richie McDonald will perform. Former America’s Got Talent contestant Jackie Evancho is set to perform at the swearing-in ceremony along with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Missouri State University Chorale, and the United States Marine Band.
Which inaugural ball with Trump attend? How many balls are there?
There are many inaugural balls scheduled, but the newly appointed president will only attend two official balls. Liberty and Freedom: The Official Presidential Inaugural Balls will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, while the Salute to Our Armed Services Ball will be held at the National Building Museum.
What celebrities are attending or performing at the presidential inaugural balls?
Special guests at the Liberty and Freedom: The Official Presidential Inaugural Balls include: Sam Moore, Tim Rushlow and his Big Band, The Rockettes, Silhouettes, and The Piano Guys. Tony Orlando and Josh Weathers will provide special performances at the Salute to Our Armed Services Ball.
Other celebrities scheduled to attend: Pelican 212, Circus 1903, Cache Olson, Lexi Walker, and Erin Boheme.
What performers have backed out of appearing at Trump’s inauguration?
Jennifer Holliday, Andrea Bocelli, Garth Brooks, Celine Dion and The B Street Band (a Bruce Springsteen cover band) have either turned down invitations to take part in the inauguration, or backed out of previously slated performance slots.
Will there be a Facebook Live broadcast of the inauguration?
Facebook Live will air two specials. The first special is Love-a-thon Charity Telethon, airing from 12:30pm to 3:30pm, featuring celebrities such as Judd Apatow (Girls), Jane Fonda, Alan Cumming, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Franti, Christopher Guest and Jamie Lee Curtis. This will be Facebook Live’s first charity telethon, and donations will support the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Planned Parenthood, and EarthJustice.
The second special is Concert for America, which begins at 3pm and will feature appearances by Rosie Perez, Rosie O’Donnell, Andrea Martin (Difficult People), and Bebe Neuwirth. Both specials will feature musical performances and much more.
What protests are planned?
On Saturday, The Women’s March on Washington Rally will be streamed live on the site Democracy Now! starting at 10am. All major networks will continue their live coverage from the Washington Mall as well. The peaceful protest has continued to grow across the country and has inspired similar movements in other American cities.
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