Workers adjust the bunting hanging on the U.S. Capitol, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, in Washington, as preparations continue for the swearing-in ceremony of President-elect Donald Trump on Friday, Jan. 20. J. David Ake AP
Workers adjust the bunting hanging on the U.S. Capitol, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, in Washington, as preparations continue for the swearing-in ceremony of President-elect Donald Trump on Friday, Jan. 20. J. David Ake AP

Elections

Nearly half of the states Trump won are Googling ‘inauguration protest’

kirby@mcclatchy.com

January 18, 2017 6:30 AM

The inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump is still two days away, and it’s already shaping up to be one of the most controversial.

It might be Congress’ largest organized boycott of an inauguration in history, and 200,000 people have said they plan to go to the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday, though it’s difficult to tell how accurate that number is at predicting real turnout. Other protests are scheduled to take place around the inauguration as well, though on smaller scales.

'No specific credible threat' known ahead of inauguration

"We know of no specific, credible threat directed toward the Inauguration. However, that is only part of the story," said Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson. He revealed that at least 700,000 people were expected and that 99 different organizations intended to demonstrate near the area.

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Google has assembled a map of states based on which ones have more searches for “inauguration protest” or “attend inauguration” in the past seven days. And while we can’t make assumptions on why people are Googling certain information, 100 percent of the states that went to Hillary Clinton show majorities of people Googling “inauguration protest.”

On the other hand, 54 percent of states won by Trump have majorities Googling “attend inauguration,” while the other 46 percent of Trump states are Googling on protests. That’s not counting Wyoming and South Dakota, which Google did not have data for, or Maine, whose electoral votes were split evenly between Trump and Clinton.

Swing states tend to be more split than others, such as Florida, which has had 23 searches for “attend” and 22 searches for “protest,” and Ohio, with 21 “attend” and 23 “protest.” California, a solidly blue state, had 43 for “protest” and 19 for “attend.”

Comparing the numbers – the protest states to those won by Clinton; the attend states to those won by Trump – the Google map is 72 percent accurate at predicting how states voted.

Prepping for inaugural pot protest

DC marijuana (DCMJ), a pro-marijuana legalization group, plans to "gift" 4,000 joints on inauguration day on the streets of Washington, D.C., encouraging the public to light them up at the 4:20 mark of the new Trump administration. Marijuana activists fear the progress made on legalization and reform may be lost under a new Republican-led government.

Ali Rizvi McClatchy

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