The Real Reason There Were No ASL Interpreters at the Trump Inauguration

The Real Reason There Were No ASL Interpreters at the Trump Inauguration: some people think it's because Trump hates us deaf people - but that's not it
Want to know why there were no ASL interpreters at the Trump inauguration?!!

Note:

This post is supposed to be funny, as in tongue-in-cheek! It’s NOT  a missive of serious information!

The Trump Inauguration was missing a lot of things –

Crowds –

Trump Inauguration vs Obama Inauguration

(Photo on left is the Obama Inauguration in 2009; photo on the right is the Trump Inauguration)

Cool People Who Wanted to Sing

He had a long list of B-Listers (or no-listers).

Integrity, Support & Love

Never before has this country witnessed a less popular president-elect, more national depression on the day of his swearing-in. I think California as a state was in mourning.

But one more, much-less talked about thing was missing:

Trump Inauguration Had No ASL Interpreters

Now, I wasn’t there, but I was told that they may have had interpreters – no one has confirmed this yet though – but if they did, the interpreters were not on the stage, nor were on the TV screen.

So, um….

Yeah.

Nina G. said that they might not have hired ASL interpreters just because they didn’t want anyone to see the ASL sign for “Trump”

There are two signs in ASL for "Trump"

and

You know, she has a point.

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The Real Reason There Were No ASL Interpreters at the Trump Inauguration: some people think it's because Trump hates us deaf people - but that's not it

Meriah
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  • Hi Meriah,
    I am a student at the University of New Mexico and am working on a portfolio for my special education career at the University of New Mexico. I added some of the links you provided in hope to share what is happening in the world’s current situation. My URL is http://rtbrandon1987.wixsite.com/teachryan1987 and they are posted under Useful Youtube Videos and drop down Current Events.

    You and your website are both referenced. If you do not like that I have used some links please let me know.
    People need to understand what is happening. I appreciate all that you do.

  • I went over this page multiple times and found no answer to the question, not even the usual annoying link to scroll through twenty pages for a paragraph of information. Is this it, sarcasm tha perhaps old don didn’t want to see the sign for him? It is the sign all sane anti trump folks use for him. I’m extremely painfully disabled and I’ve just used up precious time my triple-hit hands and one good arm allow me on the computer. Next time you’re going to post humor without actual informed answers please do so in a way we’ll know from reading all the sites to select. Thank you for that future consideration.

    • I’m sorry that you felt the post wasn’t funny enough to compensate for the physical pain you had to feel to read it – in the future I’ll try and clarify at the beginning of something that’s meant to be tongue-in-cheek that it’s only that, and not a missive of serious information.

  • Here’s one picture of an interpreter – https://www.instagram.com/p/BPf_cM0gzed/

    Also, from a person who knows what went on.

    “”Actually, you can’t blame the incoming administration for this. They had nothing to do with it. A friend of mine interpreted today, and she said they were contracted way before the election, and had to promise to interpret no matter who won. It has nothing to do with the incoming administration.
    As for not being on the stage – interpreters are almost never on the stage at presidential events. Not just inauguration, which is way too massive for interpreters to be there, but any time – the interpreter is almost always way off to the side. Sometimes they are on the same level, but more often they are on ground level vs the stage. A different friend of mine interpreted for Obama multiple times and this was always the case.
    Not being filmed for TV, though, that I will give you. Remember, virtually nobody who was there today was close enough to see what was happening on stage. All the members of Congress are up front, they can see, but the public is further back, and they all watch on Jumbotrons, always. There should definitely have been one with an interpreter in split-screen (I know there was in 2009, yet another friend of mine did that, not sure if it happened this year, haven’t heard), and that should have been fed to TV stations as well. The interpreters were almost certainly filmed in some way, but that wasn’t given to TV at all. I believe the captions were on all Jumbotron screens on site, not sure if those were the same captions used on TV – I stayed home, no way I was going downtown today.
    It isn’t McButtface’s fault, interpreters are almost never on stage with presidents, they probably were filmed today but that footage was not sent to TV stations.
    Edit: Here’s a picture of an interpreter at inauguration. That distance is pretty standard for events like this. There’s all those Congress people in front.”
    https://www.reddit.com/r/disability/comments/5p6ywd/asl_interpreters_at_the_inauguration_were/

    And another woman “Diana Z” clarified about the terps:

    “Ann Burlingham I can assure you there were 12 interpreters there, as my friend was one of them and this information comes directly from here. There were 5 sections with 2 interpreters each and 2 alternates. Information and maps were provided before hand and there were signs indicating what sections provided them. I have seen the video you are referring to and the man is providing false information. It has now spread across social media and the interpreters who were there are trying to correct this information because it is disrespectful to imply there was no access for Deaf people when these 12 interpreters got up very early in the morning, stood in the cold for 6 hours and did tons of prep work to learn the songs, etc. despite how they might personally feel about Trump (the contracts were put out before the election).”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNhfk_UCoUk

    I can see two interpreters on CNN’s gigapixel by zooming in. Using the interpreter picture Instagram link (at the top of my comment).

    All in all, the Trump team never had anything to do with the interpreters. Those interpreters were contracted prior to the election, regardless of who won the election.

  • Clarification on the gigapixel comment. Two interpreters can be seen when I zoom in. I used clues seen in the Instagram link the picture of the interpreter and her surroundings. Almost like playing “Where’s Waldo.”

  • That picture was took way before it got started, that was only a picture from the haters, there was more people there, be careful where you get your news from.

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