• Washington residents head to Washington, D.C. to celebrate, protest Trump inauguration

    By: Essex Porter

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    Mathew Patrick Thomas proudly showed us his tickets to the inauguration.

    “These are tickets to the Inaugural ceremony... and I'll be on the bleachers there for that.”

    Thomas is the finance chair for the Washington Republican Party, and he didn’t hesitate when the tickets arrived.

    “No, I, no, I mean, I saw it and it, like, kind of, it's a blessing. You open it up and it's like I have an opportunity to go to this thing. I have to go,” he said.

    The tickets are free, but now he'll spend airfare for himself and his girlfriend, plus $600 a night for a hotel room, so that he can witness history.

    “I still haven't processed it. I'm so excited,” Thomas said.

    But as Washington, D.C. prepares for the inaugural, women from Washington State are planning to attend a huge anti-Trump protest the day after.

    “He and the Republicans need to know and need to be reminded incessantly that the majority of the people of this country are opposed to the policies that he is proposing,” said Kris Anderson

    Rep. Pramilla Jayapal, of the 7th District, was one of the first in Congress to announce she will not attend the inauguration, because of Trump's immigration policies.

    “I felt that it was most important for me to be here with the people of my district who are really suffering right now,” she said in an interview.

    But Thomas is looking past the protests.

    “You know, there is one thing I can guarantee you. Donald J. Trump is not going to be boring to watch as president,” he said.

     

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