Finally, we have law and order once again! President Trump has made it clear that he has zero nonsense for violent riots.
During the Trump inauguration, a total of 230 protesters were arrested. Of those 230, the majority will face 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine, due to them being charged with felony rioting.
Just blocks away from the White House, thousands of anti-Trump protesters, dressed in all-black, smashed store windows, set cars ablaze, and threw bricks at police. Police and protesters clashed, particularly around McPherson Square and along K Street. Police used tear gas and nightsticks to contain the angry mob.
While this intense rioting was underway, Trump and his family were just arriving at the review stand, situated at the White House, to watch the end of the inaugural parade.
While, thankfully, the leader of our nation and his beautiful family made it through the day unscathed, leaders of various factions did not necessarily fare so well. Richard Spencer, a prominent leader in the Alt Right movement, was sucker-punched by a masked protester while he was being interviewed. Hawk Newsome, leader of Black Lives Matter in New York, received a dose of pepper spray as police covered a crowd of protesters, of which he was a part.
According to police reports, about a half-dozen D.C. cops suffered minor injuries.
Washington police chief Peter Newsham stated that, “Our intention going into this event was to make zero arrests, and unfortunately they forced our hand.”
Did the day’s violence help protesters make their point, or did it simply turn people against them? Let us know that, and your other thoughts, in the comments, below.