An inauguration day luncheon featured an interest moments this afternoon when America’s new President Donald Trump asked everyone in attendance to stand and applaud former President Bill Clinton and Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The recent campaign featured numerous bitter exchanges between Trump and the Clintons, with Trump at one point telling Hillary Clinton he’d attempt to have her imprisoned if he were elected.
At the luncheon, he said,
There is something I wanted to say, because I was very honored—very, very honored—when I heard that President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton was coming today …. I have a lot of respect for those two people.
So far, at least 95 people have been arrested in Washington DC as some demonstrators became violent during protests near the inauguration of Donald Trump. At least two police officers were injured and taken to the hospital.
When Hillary Clinton—the former first lady, Secretary of State and president-elect Donald Trump's Democratic opposition—arrived at today's inauguration ceremonies, she took to Twitter to elaborate on her presence:
I'm here today to honor our democracy & its enduring values. I will never stop believing in our country & its future. #Inauguration
President-elect Donald Trump has been criticized for the lack of diversity in his cabinet, among his supporters and his top advisors. Today, however, his administration will help make history in that respect as Mike Pence is sworn in by Justice Clarence Thomas.
Justice Thomas is the longest serving-African-American Supreme Court Justice. In the press release announcing the inauguration details, Vice President-elect Mike Pence said, "It will be my honor to take the Oath of Office to defend our constitution from a man who has dedicated his life to the same noble pursuit."
The presidents are sworn in by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court but in years past, vice presidents can be sworn in by a variety of elected officials, including outgoing vice presidents.
Throughout the campaign, Pence has described himself as "a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order." Justice Thomas is a traditionalist on the bench, making his participation Mike Pence's swearing in ceremony pretty appropriate. Discuss
Sir Patrick Stewart is about to boldly go where no Shakespearean actor has gone before. The former Star Trek captain has officially been cast as ‘Poop’ in The Emoji Movie.
You read that right. The formally trained and highly esteemed British actor will be playing a cartoon smiling poop emoji. The announcement was made from the Sony Pictures Twitter account, which really is the only appropriate way to advertise a movie about emojis.