WASHINGTON — They wore Trump scarves and Trump rhinestone brooches and the ubiquitous "Make America Great Again" hats, in several colors. They napped on ponchos spread across the ground as the sun rose over the capital, and swapped granola bars. "Proud to Be a Deplorable," read the pin on one child's jacket.
The crowd standing on the lawn of the Capitol on Friday afternoon had wrangled tickets from their representatives, and traveled from Tennessee and Missouri and Arizona for the traditional hours-long wait in the cold at what was, for many, their first presidential inauguration. This was their moment, they said. They were here to revel in it.
There was the political pageantry that marks every inauguration: the bunting, the lines of dignitaries dressed to the nines, the Marine Band, the video about the Capitol's history projected on the Jumbotron that almost everyone ignored.
But there was a glee about President Trump's supporters on the National Mall that they seemed to have carried over from one of his raucous campaign rallies. "TRUMP — TRUMP — TRUMP" chants grew louder as the the crowd swelled. At the first glimpse on the Jumbotron of their soon-to-be president, they roared.
"It's history," said Scott Burns, a former lance corporal in the Marines from Tupelo, Miss.
"He stands for American people. The American people," said Krista Price of Chandler, Ariz.
"Surreal, when Donald got up there and took the oath of office and the sun started coming through," said Justin Miller, 19, a Temple University student.
Earlier, when Trump's former opponent Hillary Clinton descended the steps to the dais, the crowd hesitated for a moment, then started to boo. A "Lock her up" chant echoed across the lawn. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D., Vt.) got boos, too, and so did Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.), as he told the crowd he believed in the American people. President Obama, in his last minutes in office, got polite applause.
Price laughed as Clinton sat down and turned to her friends. "I can't believe they booed her," she gasped in delight. The mother of six said she has a daughter in the Air Force and hopes Trump "builds up the military."
The ceremony was not without dissenters. A woman leaned against a fence, impassive, with a "Love Trumps Hate" button on her jacket. Steven Skenandore and his wife, Amanda, of Las Vegas, wore slogans on their jackets protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. They had snagged tickets to the inauguration before the election.
"We imagined a very different scenario," Amanda Skenandore said. "We hoped to see the first woman president sworn in." They had debated whether to come after Trump was elected, but decided to attend to "bear witness." Steven Skenandore, a member of the Oneida Nation, had protested at the pipeline and hoped to persuade others — the president included — to back the cause.
Someone blew a whistle continuously from somewhere in the crowd during the first few minutes of Trump's speech. Protesters blocked a security checkpoint; Miller took nearly two hours to get to his section in the subsequent redirecting of ticketholders.
But he made it to the Mall eventually, to stand next to spectators from Montana, Utah, and Wisconsin.
With a light rain falling, Trump took the dais for a speech punctuated by cheers. Among the biggest applause lines: his declaration that he would put "America first" and his use of the words "radical Islamic terrorism."
The charge that politicians are usually too politically correct to use the phrase was common in Friday's crowd. They laughed in surprise when he used the phrase "all talk and no action," the same phrase he used in a barbed tweet about U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D., Ga.), the civil rights icon who, along with more than 50 other lawmakers, declined to attend the inauguration.
Maximus Ebert of Allentown, a 19-year-old Catholic University of America student majoring in politics, said he thought Trump had successfully translated his campaign speeches into a more presidential address. He was less fond of another campaign holdover, the "lock her up" chants: "There's no reason to boo the opposition," he said, "when the whole point of politics is to see compromise."
Trump supporters, speaking to reporters throughout the day, had echoed those campaign promises: Repeal the Affordable Care Act. Curb illegal immigration. "Restore law and order," said a spectator from St. Louis who would not give his name.
"I hope he lowers taxes and helps small businesses" and discourages corporations from outsourcing jobs, said Garwyne Jones, the owner of a used-car lot in Covington, Tenn. Jones said he did not vote in the 2012 election.
"I couldn't vote for Barack and I couldn't vote against him," he said. "I disagreed with him politically, but I'm proud he was our president."
Miller, who was attending his first inauguration, said the experience was one he would treasure.