Protesters registered their rage against the new president Friday in a chaotic confrontation with police who used pepper spray and stun grenades in a melee just blocks from Donald Trump's inaugural parade route. Scores were arrested for trashing property and attacking officers.
Several spirited demonstrations unfolded peacefully at various security checkpoints near the Capitol as police helped ticket-holders get through to the inaugural ceremony. Signs read, "Resist Trump Climate Justice Now," ''Let Freedom Ring," ''Free Palestine."
But about a mile from the National Mall, police gave chase to a group of about 100 protesters who smashed the windows of downtown businesses including a Starbucks, a Bank of America and a McDonald's as they denounced capitalism and Trump. Police in riot gear used pepper spray from large canisters and eventually cordoned off protesters at 12th and L streets in northwest Washington.
The confrontation began an hour before Trump took the oath of office and escalated several hours later as the crowd of protesters swelled to more than 1,000, some wearing gas masks and with arms chained together inside PVC pipe. One said the demonstrators were "bringing in the cavalry."
Some of the protesters called the police "pigs" which I think is unfair and even threw rocks and bricks at them.
I don't condone the violent behavior, and the police are only trying to do their jobs, however I can certainly empathize with what these people feeling.
However acting like this makes it too way for the MSM to dismiss ALL of the protesters at mere thugs or anarchists.
And that's not fair because by contrast there were a number of very peaceful, well mannered protests happening all over Washington.The best protest signs from the Inauguration of Donald Trump: https://t.co/8TSkmPeYpm pic.twitter.com/ZlruK6I9mA— Slate (@Slate) January 20, 2017
Well actually all over the world.
Interestingly enough the big crowds seem to be the ones protesting Donald Trump's inauguration, rather than celebrating it as this tweet from MSNBC reporter Katy Tur demonstrates.More Than 150 Trump Protest Banners Are Being Dropped Over Bridges Across The Worldhttps://t.co/hElNdsQUxr pic.twitter.com/UN7mNROC7h— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) January 20, 2017
Parade route from Capital to WH. Entire stands empty. Crowd thin. pic.twitter.com/7AcpJkBO8O— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) January 20, 2017
Apparently the orange tinted pussy grabber had big plans to make today's parade compete with the best parades ever held......in a fascist dictatorship.
Courtesy of The Hill:
Donald Trump’s inauguration team wanted to show off the U.S. military during inauguration weekend and even suggested including tanks and missile launchers in his inaugural parade, The Huffington Post reported Thursday.
“They were legit thinking Red Square/North Korea-style parade,” an inauguration team source told The Huffington Post, referring to massive military parades in Moscow and Pyongyang that are often interpreted as displays of aggression.
According to the report, the military shot down the request because of concerns about how it would look to have tanks and missile launchers in the parade, as well as the possible damage the tanks, which can weigh over 100,000 pounds, would do to the roads.
“I could absolutely see structural support being a reason [not to use tanks],” a Department of Defense official told The Huffington Post. “D.C. is built on a swamp to begin with.”
Trump did manage to get five military jets to do a flyover, but I heard they refused his requests to bomb the protesters.
Okay I made that last part up.
Or did I?
Personally I am boycotting all television coverage of this black day in history, which as you all know is really hard for me because I am a news junkie and because....well the blog.
Though there was one person who managed to shame me a little for hiding my head in the sand today.
So tough, so courageous, so dedicated to her responsibilities.The people's president is a class act. https://t.co/TXd8x17dBG— Gryphen 2009 (@Gryphen2009) January 20, 2017
Damn she would have made a hell of a President!
Update: Apparently Trump's deplorables chanted "Lock her up" when they saw Hillary and Bill.