Rain, Mass Protests Loom for Trump’s Inauguration

Thousands of attendees converged on security lines early Friday in a tense Washington, D.C., in the hours before the inauguration of Donald Trump. Capitol Police and the National Park Service have estimated 1 million people will attend the installment of the 45th U.S. president, though the weather could put a damper on proceedings. Weather forecasts predict an 80 percent chance of rain during the inauguration ceremony, with temperatures hovering in the mid-40s. The wet weather is expected to taper off by mid-afternoon. Trump himself joked about the dreary forecast, telling donors at a dinner event Thursday that, if nothing else, the rain will prove “it’s my real hair.” In addition to the drizzly outlook, security officials are preparing for dozens of protests throughout the city, with demonstrations reported to target mass-transit and inauguration ticket lines. According to Reuters, “the number of planned protests and rallies this year is far above what has been typical at recent presidential inaugurations, with some 30 permits granted in Washington for anti-Trump rallies, and sympathy protests planned in cities from Boston to Los Angeles.”