Protests against Trump have also broken out worldwide, including in the Philippines, where activists burned an American flag. In Palestine, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank city of Nablus, hundreds of protesters marched and voiced opposition to Trump’s pledge to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem—a pledge he reiterated Thursday in an interview with an Israeli newspaper owned by billionaire Republican donor Sheldon Adelson. In London, activists unfurled a banner this morning reading “Act Now! Build Bridges Not Walls.” Some international politicians are celebrating Donald Trump’s inauguration today, including far-right British politician Nigel Farage, who helped lead the push for Britain to leave the European Union. This is Farage.
Nigel Farage: “I really believe this. Through most of my life, what happens in America in terms of social trends or developments, we follow, four or five years later. America is the leader. Now, I would like to think, in my own little way, that what we did with Brexit was the beginning of what is going to turn out to be a global revolution, and that Trump’s victory is a part of that.”
Democracy Now! will be broadcasting throughout the day covering the inauguration live as well as bringing you reports from the ongoing protests and a roundtable discussion with scholars and activists from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today ET, and from the stage of the Women’s March on Washington 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET Saturday.