Eau Claire Republicans and Democrats head to Trump's inauguration

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Republicans and Democrats are gearing up for President-elect Trump's inauguration this week.

Governor Scott Walker, Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Rep. Ron Kind say they plan to attend Trump's inauguration on Friday.

That makes representative mark Pocan the only Democratic member of Wisconsin’s Congressional Delegation who says he plans to skip the event.

Chairman of Wisconsin's 3rd Congressional District Republican Party, Brian Westrate, says he plans on seeing Trump sworn in as the nation’s 45th president.

“For those of us who are in politics this is somewhat of a Super Bowl moment,” said Westrate.

Westrate is among the 800,000 expected to attend the inauguration in Washington D.C.

Westrate said, “I think they are hopeful. I think that they're anticipatory. They're looking forward to what's going to come out in the first 100 days and I think that's what the environment is going to be.”

However, Eau Claire Democrat Carol Craig says she's not going to celebrate but to participate in the Women's March on Saturday.

Craig explained, “Throughout the nation we understand that hundreds of thousands of people are celebrating democracy and the principals of democracy as well as the inauguration of another president.”

Craig says she expects nearly 600,000 marchers from around the nation will use the platform to share their ideas and values.

“Individuals who have the need to express their frustration with some of the messages that have come from the current administration,” said Craig. “I'm not going there to protest President-elect Trump I'm going there to honor what democracy is all about.”

While Craig hopes the Women's March will highlight the values of the Democratic Party Westrate says he hopes the inauguration will serve as a reminder of the importance of the nation's peaceful transfer of power.

Westrate added, “Our voices are heard. Our votes count. Our elections are free and fair and we have a transfer of power without anyone being hurt and that is an awesome thing.”

Inauguration Day celebrations will include a 90-minute parade and three inaugural balls.



 
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