Utahns play key role in Donald Trump's Inauguration

Salt Lake City, Utah- (ABC4 Utah) – Utah's contribution to Donald Trump's Inauguration was front and center. Many people from our state were on hand, but our most prominent politician was not, creating an unexpected twist.

They came by the droves to witness Trump take the oath of office and speak for the first time as Commander and Chief.

Among the masses were many Utahns who made the journey to our Nation's Capital.

“It was amazing to be here. I've never been to an inauguration before, so to be able to be here, and the spirit of the whole event and the patriotism of the whole event was pretty amazing,” said Utah resident Amy Rees Anderson.

The Utah touch was resounding.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir ushered in the oath for President Trump, but Utah's role in this moment in American history goes beyond that.

“I was proud to be a Utahn. I feel like there was a great support from the Utah environment. The Piano Guys, Lexie Walker and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir,” said Utah resident Rachel Vanderbeek.

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, who is third in line to the presidency was expected to be prominently displayed, but instead he was in a secure, undisclosed  location.

That's because President Trump picked him as the Designated Survivor.

Other Utah lawmakers were there.

House Speaker Greg Hughes has been an ardent Trump supporter.

“I was touched by the president's call for filling our hearts with patriotism and if you do that there is no room for prejudice. What a powerful statement,” said Hughes, (R) Draper.

Hughes say he's now heading back to the Beehive State inspired with just days to go until the 2017 Legislative Session begins.

“There are themes that we heard today that I think apply directly to our state. There are people within our state that have been forgotten, there are people in our state that we have to remember and that we have to step up our efforts for,” said Hughes.

A very positive tone toward Trump from Utahns in attendance, but that won't be the case Saturday morning.

As many as 700 women from our state are expected to participate in the Women's March on Washington.
 


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