Trisha Turner of Victor is among several Finger Lakes area Republicans seeing Trump sworn into office
VICTOR — Inauguration Day is not just the day when President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence are sworn into office in Washington, D.C.
It’s a day of pomp and gala celebrations, of anticipation — for most every American, regardless of party — and for Trisha Turner, a day of excitement.
Turner, with her daughter, Grace, and several other Republicans from the Finger Lakes region are in the nation’s capital, preparing for the nation’s big event on Friday. Turner is the Ontario County Republican chair.
“I’m very excited that he won and I’m excited to be part of the celebration,” said Turner, who left for Washington early Wednesday morning. “I just really feel that he is going to be such a transformational president.”
The theme of the 58th presidential inauguration is “Uniquely American,” and the swearing-in ceremony is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, on the west front of the U.S. Capitol.
Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the oath of office to Trump; Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will administer the oath to Pence. Trump, according to the Presidential Inaugural Committee, will be using his Bible and the same Bible used by President Abraham Lincoln at his first inauguration.
And Turner plans to be there and see as much as she can. As will her daughter, Grace, 17, who said she wanted to be present for history.
“As someone who does not follow politics, I found this election to be engaging for both myself and others who wouldn't otherwise show interest,” Grace Turner said. “I am looking forward to sharing this experience with my mom and witnessing such a major part of history."
Controversy continues to swirl around Trump, as it has for much of his successful presidential campaign, as his picks for his Cabinet are debated. Even the inauguration itself is not immune, as several performers have pulled out of the event.
Rep. Louise Slaughter, R-Fairport, said she will not attend, joining several other Democrats, including Georgia Congressman John Lewis, is skipping the ceremony. Slaughter said she plans to be present for a bipartisan congressional lunch with Trump later in the day.
Turner acknowledged the controversies around Trump, but said this the inauguration is a day to be looking ahead, toward issues that all American can get behind — jobs and improving the economy.
“I know he doesn’t always say things the right way, but I’ve listened to politicians say the right things and not do anything to fix problems,” Turner said. “I’m excited to see what he is going to be able to accomplish.”
For those who are staying home, Wood Library in Canandaigua is bringing the event to patrons. The public is invited to watch coverage of the inaugural events on a big screen at the Wood Library, 134 N. Main St., Canandaigua, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.