God Bless America, Mourning in America: Duelling social media trends on inauguration day
As Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States of America on Friday, social media exploded with people reacting to the momentous event.
“God Bless America,” “Mourning in America,” “Donald J. Trump” and “Donald the Unready” were all trending for parts of the day, showing a clear discrepancy in reaction to the change of power in Washington.
In addition, many took to Twitter to say goodbye to President Barack Obama, the hashtag #ThankYouObama was trending for much of the morning. Celebrities alike also weighed in with their take on President Trump’s new role.
Here’s a look at what many had to say about the change:
"Patriotism will over come prejudice" - President Trump— Irma Hinojosa (@latinaafortrump) January 20, 2017
His speech was about unity and improvements for us all, God Bless America. ❤
@mitchellvii I cried. We have worked soooo hard for this and taken so much abuse. God Bless America and our Bill!— CK (@grannygethealth) January 20, 2017
Donald J. Trump
God Bless America and may he guide Donald John Trump. Now is a time for love lets come together. #America— Senpai of Toonami! (@shdwpny) January 20, 2017
Trump's heart is so big, as is his love for America God Bless Donald John Trump, keep him & his family safe, and God Bless America!!! #MAGA— Jean Taylor Towry (@jtaylortowry) January 20, 2017
Congratulations and best wishes to our new President Donald John Trump and our new Vice-President Michael R. Pence.— Tim (@RosenIsRight) January 20, 2017
God Bless America!#USA
To all of you Democrats that decided to stay home today. It was your loss. Stop crying. It happened. Donald John Trump is your @POTUS— Nina (@Nina65278539) January 20, 2017
But, in contrast, #MourninginAmerica was also trending Friday.
Today is mourning in America. It is a day to contemplate the fragility of our democracy, and of the moral decency... https://t.co/rbirHvEUmm— Robert Reich (@RBReich) January 20, 2017
After the classy hero & heroine— Paul Michael (@realPaulMichael) January 20, 2017
Barack and Michelle Obama
Now the comic relief:
Donald the Unready
Mourning in America
God Bless America
It's Mourning in America.— Christian Greco (@Jolly_Esquire) January 20, 2017
If Trump thinks we'll forget his bigotry and sexism, he's about to have a yuge rude awakening.#InaugurationDay
American Horror Story new season starts Jan. 20 at 12:01 PM EST Mourning in America— Jhonatan (@JKash72) January 20, 2017
#DONALDTHEUNREADY was trending, too.
Meanwhile, many celebrities headed online on Friday to either congratulate or condemn the new president.
"Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel."— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 20, 2017
I'm having a ball scrolling through the #InaugurationDay tweets. It's a crybabyfest liberal tears bring me such joy ✊— Jenna Jameson (@jennajameson) January 20, 2017
If it's 'America First'...then don't knock 20 million Americans off of Health Insurance.— Jerry Springer (@jerryspringer) January 20, 2017
There was also much praise for Barack Obama as he exited the White House.
Another notable trend that showed up online Friday was people commentingon Donald Trump’s background photo on his Twitter account.
At one point, it appeared to show a picture of a large inauguration crowd--but many people on Twitter were quick to ask if that photo was actually a picture of the crowd at Barack Obama’s inauguration.
Pretty sure the flag-waving cover photo from Trump's new POTUS account is, uh, a picture from Barack Obama's Inauguration pic.twitter.com/8ZvJKPzjV7— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) January 20, 2017
Google Trends also released data on Friday, highlighting exactly what people were searching for as the inauguration took place.
Additionally, Google Trends pointed out that after Melania Trump came out, dressed in a light blue jacket, many compared her outfit to one that Jackie Kennedy had worn at her husband’s inauguration in 1961. It says Canadian searches for Jackie O spiked right after.