I’ve been in Washington D.C. since Wednesday. I’ve yet to see a protester or a protest. I’ve walked for miles around the National Mall, ate at the Air and Space Museum cafe, rode WMATA, visited local restaurants and malls, and talked to other visitors at the hotel I’m at. I have yet to run into anyone who said Trump is not their president.
I’m sure they’re around here somewhere. I’m sure they’re gathering at McPherson Square for the #J20Disrupt event. I’m certain they’re planning their March for
Abortion Women from somewhere around here.
You see, liberals like to organize things. It’s their way. When they have a protest, they bus everyone in. When they have a rally, or an inauguration, they bus everyone in. They don’t like empty seats, so they bus people in to fill them. Trump’s inauguration will be very well attended. All the tickets are long gone. But there aren’t a lot of chartered busses compared to other events or previous inaugurations.
A month ago, city officials said they were expecting around 1,500 buses. But as of Tuesday, just 435 charter buses have permits to park on Friday, about half of them in the sea of asphalt around RFK Stadium and the other half in lots and spaces around the city, according to the District’s Department of Transportation. At least a dozen of them are coming to shuttle people to protests organized by DisruptJ20, the ANSWER Coalition, and other groups.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, there a total of 2,066 buses registered to bring rally-goers for the Women’s March on Washington, according to figures collected by DDOT. EventsDC, which is handling permits at RFK for the day, said they filled all 1,200 spots available at the stadium by last Tuesday. WMATA, U Street Parking, and other private companies are also providing parking elsewhere in and around the city.
Predicting crowd sizes is a deeply imperfect science, but buses offer one of the few concrete measurements to gauge participation.
For President Barack Obama’s record-breaking first inauguration, more than 3,000 chartered buses were registered and officials estimated attendance at around 1.8 million people.
All the experts are predicting that Trump will have very low attendance numbers, and the protests will break records. These experts are consulted by the same media that predicted Hillary Clinton would win the election by a large margin. The same media refused to accept Trump’s victory on November 8, and forced him to wait until 2:30 a.m. the next morning to give his victory speech when Decision Desk HQ called the race at 12:55 a.m.
Its the big one.
We project Trump wins Arizona…
and the state of Pennsylvania.
— Decision Desk HQ (@DecisionDeskHQ) November 9, 2016
But the experts were wrong on election night. The voices I heard in Washington D.C. were not fearful or sad or angry that Trump won. They were hopeful and excited. They weren’t bussed in or organized. They drove or flew from all over the country to see Trump sworn in. Teenagers and parents crowded around the Smithsonian and the Capitol–they took time off school to come.
Liberals want to incite fear and violence. But in Washington D.C. I see hope and joy.
I joked that the escalators on WMATA subways should be marked “liberals” on the left and “deplorables” on the right. I didn’t support Trump in the primaries. I opposed him for the GOP nomination. I called for a third party to protest his candidacy. I didn’t vote for him in the general election (I didn’t vote for Hillary either). But Trump is my president, and he’s your president if you’re a citizen of the United States.
There are about to be two categories of Americans after 12:01 p.m. today. There will be liberals who claim Trump is illegitimate, stole the election, and is not their president. Some of these will be in Congress, continually stomping and clamping their hands over their ears. Over 50 of them will boycott the inauguration.
And the rest of us who accept Trump, agree or disagree with him, will be deplorables. So I’m a deplorable. I guess we’re all deplorables now.