For a president-elect who’s all about his big numbers, it’s a nightmare in the making: an inauguration that could wind up featuring more protesters than attendees.
It wasn’t yet dawn on Friday when protests erupted in Chinatown, in the Metro Center subway hub, and at security checkpoints on Friday. At one checkpoint, police used pepper spray on protesters who were blocking an entrance to the inaugural festivities.
Meanwhile, tickets to the inauguration have gone begging, as a city that 98 percent of voters went for Hillary Clinton stayed home. In lawyers’, lobbyists’ and congressional offices across the capital, piles of tickets have gone unclaimed.
On Thursday night, at the Lincoln Memorial “Welcome Celebration,” attendees talked about the ease with which they got prime spots. The concert featured Toby Keith, Three Doors Down – with no lines for the portable toilets and large swaths of muddy, unoccupied National Mall. Mr. Trump said the place was full; it clearly was not.
On the subway en route to the capital Friday morning, four New York City police officers had tickets in hand. They got them two days ago: “somebody was supposed to pick them up but never showed” one of them said. “Our gain.”