CULTURE

Inside the Surreal Scene at the Inauguration of President Donald J. Trump

Written by W Staff
Photographed by Benedict Evans

Despite cold temperatures and a persistent drizzle that started pouring as soon as Donald J. Trump began his inaugural address, his supporters–about 250,000 or about a fraction of the 2 million who came out for former President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009–stood around the Washington Mall and alongside Pennsylvania Avenue hanging on his every word and move like true believers. This was Trump’s base, and they didn’t care about anything but their candidate.

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Scene from Donald Trump’s Inauguration in Washington D.C.

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Scene from Donald Trump’s Inauguration in Washington D.C.

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Scene from Donald Trump’s Inauguration in Washington D.C.