President Donald Trump speaks at inauguration ceremonies swearing him in as the 45th president of the United States on the West front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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As Trump prepared to take the oath of office Friday, many Americans still couldn't quite believe that a presidency that still seems almost bizarrely improbable became a reality Friday.Then, Thoms-Bauer recalled, came the night in November when he joined friends in a diner after a New Jersey Devils hockey game and watched, stunned, as Trump eked out wins in key states.When Barack Obama won the White House in 2008, the election of the nation's first black president felt to many like one of the most improbable moments in the nation's political history. The idea of the election of a white billionaire born of privilege feels implausible to many in very different ways – and that may say as much about the country as it does about Trump.Coursey, who identifies as "queer" and is deeply worried by the threat she believes Trump's administration poses to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, said she would avoid joining other students in the dorm television lounge to watch the inauguration.
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