Donald Trump was officially sworn in Friday, January 20th, as the 45th President of the United States. As supporters and protesters converged for the inauguration festivities in Washington, a diverse group of demonstrators gathered in downtown Springfield Friday afternoon to express their concerns about a Trump presidency. WYSO producer Dan Gummel spoke to some of the protesters.
Event organizer John Wheeler:
“We want to make sure that our voices were heard through our local officials, state officials and even up to the federal government. We want to make sure that we’re included, that there's transparency.”
Ruth Fischer, retired teacher:
“I feel like our message of equality and justice needs to keep going even though we have a new administration. And I will not put down the office of the presidency, but I’ve been very disappointed in the attitudes and reactions of people that are different and express differing opinions."
Nikita Wheeler, resident:
“It means so much to me to have our government stand with the people, and Trump doesn’t seem to be one to stand with everyone. And we need a good president that’s going to take care of all of us.”
Maria Lizano, resident:
“It’s terrible for our country. I’m from El Salvador. I mean he [Trump] is a dictator just like the ones in my country. He’s corrupted. And I’m so sad today that he’s becoming our president.”