Wisconsinites travel to Washington for Presidential Inauguration

Wisconsinites travel to DC for inauguration
Posted at 8:13 PM, Jan 20, 2017

Several people from Wisconsin traveled to Washington to witness history firsthand. On Friday, Donald Trump was sworn in as the President of the United States.

"The crowd was unbelievably huge,” said Marilyn Grainger of Waukesha. “It was a sea of red hats."

Grainger had never seen a presidential inauguration before. As an avid Trump supporter, she said it was a moment she couldn't miss.

"We had tears in our eyes, our hearts were in our throats, we couldn't cheer loud enough we were so proud," she said.

While Grainger thought Trump's speech was unifying, others like Germantown social studies teacher Adam Johnson believe parts were also divisive.

"I think it had its moments going both ways," he said.

Johnson led a group of students to the nation's capital with a wide variety of political perspectives.
Student Jessica Hoehne said they kept an open mind by focusing on the history behind the event.

"I was pretty excited just to be able to see the event happening, not necessarily the candidate being up there himself," she said.

A group of more than 40 teens with the Boys and Girls Club of Milwaukee was also in attendance. It was also their first time witnessing an inauguration.

"The one takeaway that I've heard a lot of the teens say is that their voice matters," said supervisor La'Ketta Caldwell.

Caldwell said the event inspires them to participate in elections by voting once they’re of age.
In the meantime, D'Naya Collins remains hopeful Trump will bring the nation together as one.

"He shouldn't just focus on one group of people, he should focus on the whole America," she said.

Teens with the Boys and Girls Club of Milwaukee had their trip completely paid for thanks to a donation by former Senator Herb Kohl.

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