The Trump Inauguration did not start off too smoothly
Protesters rallied, marched, blocked highway traffic and occasionally became violent Friday to protest the inauguration of President Donald Trump.
There were several protests and marches organized throughout the city. Demonstrators primarily gathered at Union Station, near the Capitol Building and downtown near the White House. Some demonstrators blocked highway traffic around midday. There were also reports of violence.
Protesters supported issues like worker rights, immigration, reproductive rights, and healthcare. There was a range of political ideologies present including communism and anarchism. Many were opposed to capitalism, international trade, and the current political system.
“I want Donald Trump to know that his bigotry, his fascism, the racism, I’m not in support of that,” Kenneth Clark, a protester, told InsideSources. “He wants to build walls, we don’t need to build walls, we need to build bridges. And he is the definition of the snare, the racism and the bigotry that exists here in this country.”
Many protesters opposed the president directly while others argued he was a symptom of a much larger problem. They were primarily concerned with his rhetoric, policy proposals, and cabinet appointments. Demonstrators also argued he was racist and sexist.