Every Presidential Inauguration, millions of people flock to Washington, D.C., to witness the peaceful transfer of power. The DC Metro system plays a part, too, by making unique commemorative pass cards as tickets for public transit, typically the only way to get around the city.
2 million people attended Barack Obama’s second inauguration.
DC Metro map:
However, this year there has been an outcry over the marked difference between this year’s commemorative Inauguration day Metro cards and the ones for the past two Inaugurations. Can you spot it?
See the difference?
For reference, here is Obama’s first Inauguration card:
According to the Washington Post, there is an explanation for the lack of Trump’s name or image being on the cards at all:
In a statement Wednesday, Metro said there’s a simple reason that Trump’s grin is not similarly featured on the 2017 card: Metro didn’t have permission.
“Metro requested permission to use a photo, but received no response from the campaign,” the statement said. “Due to the long lead time to produce the cards, the new pass commemorates the national celebration of the 58th Presidential Inauguration.”
According to the Daily Caller, Team Trump is now trying to work with DC to gets some Metro swag.
Thursday the Boris Epshteyn, Director of Communications for Trump’s inaugural committee, tweeted that they would be working with WMATA to produce a sleeve for the Inaugural day SmarTrip card.
— Boris Epshteyn (@BorisEP) December 22, 2016
And Donald Trump says: