The biggest event of Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, is sure to be the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America, and you can take it all in on any number of TV networks and livestreams, including PBS NewsHour’s.
There definitely won’t be any shortage of coverage at noon EST, when Trump’s presidency officially starts. But if you can’t park in front of a TV all day and want to tune in, you’ll need an Internet livestream. And PBS NewsHour has one of those for you.
There are plenty of online options offered by news channels and cable networks. PBS NewsHour is going one step further by broadcasting its coverage live through Twitter. Integration with the social network means you can watch PBS NewsHour’s stream and see tweets about the inauguration at the same time, and even send a few of your own.
If for some reason you aren’t interested in watching on Twitter, you can expect PBS NewsHour to also stream its coverage live on its YouTube channel as well.
There will likely be plenty to talk about on Twitter during the inauguration. There has been no shortage of controversy following the President-elect since he won the election against Democrat Hillary Clinton on Nov. 8. Democrat senators have opposed Trump’s Cabinet appointees during confirmation hearings this week. Trump also took to Twitter in response to reports of Russian interference in the election, and possibly a connection with his campaign and transition team. On Twitter, he also called CNN and Buzzfeed “fake news,” and criticized actress Meryl Streep after she mentioned his behavior during her acceptance speech at the Golden Globes.
The inauguration itself has been fraught in its planning. Several musical artists reportedly turned down offers to play the event. Others, including country singer Garth Brooks, tenor Andrea Bocelli, and Broadway star Jennifer Holliday, backed out after fan backlash and other issues. Those artists still slated to perform include country star Toby Keith, Mississippi rock band 3 Doors Down, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Some 62 Democratic lawmakers have announced they’ll boycott the inauguration to protest Trump. Announcements picked up after Trump made remarks on Twitter about Civil Rights leader and Georgia Congressman John Lewis that many found inappropriate. Lewis said on “Meet the Press” he didn’t consider Trump’s presidency to be a legitimate, and he planned to boycott the inauguration as a result.