Bonar and his group witnessed the inauguration from a spot near the Smithsonian and, although the streets were packed with tens of thousands of people, he could see the Capitol well, where Trump took the oath of office.
He described those in attendance cheering as Trump gave his inaugural speech and he said nearly every person in the audience was wearing a red hat in support of the new president. Only a few protestors were seen by Bonar, but he did witness an act of violence as those protestors threw rocks at the Envision charter bus.
Part of Bonar’s experience included getting to hear speeches at George Mason University, in Fairfax, Virginia, where he got to meet former Secretary of State Colin Powell, film director Spike Lee, and Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban.
Their views of Trump and his policies varied, as did the opinions of Crestwood students leading up to the election. Many in his high school were sure Hillary Clinton would win the election, Bonar stated, and, when she did not, some were seen crying while others were rejoicing.
Bonar was informed that he was selected to attend the inauguration last summer and he worked many odd jobs to pay for the trip. Although he is a Trump supporter, he noted that he was excited to attend the event no matter who won the election.
Of why he favors Trump, Bonar said, “He’s different. He’s a change for the system the way Reagan was back in the ’80’s.” While some felt at the time Reagan’s presidency would be a disaster, it was not, Bonar declared, and added that he thinks Trump will bring needed change as well.
“I believe he will do pretty well for the whole United States,” he said, and concluded of seeing Trump take the oath of office, “It was an amazing adventure.”