Anti-Trump protests turned into riots the day after the president’s swearing on inauguration day. Rioters destroyed properties, damaged storefronts, and set fire to a limo that belonged to a Muslim immigrant.
Most of the Anti-Trump protests and riots started in large cities and spread around the globe. Many people involved in the Anti-Trump protests have made comments:
- Trump is not our president.
- He will never be our president.
- What is America coming to?
Two hundred-thirty people were taken into custody during riots and Anti-Trump protests. Multiple people that were arrested are facing up to 10 years in prison along with a $25,000 fine. The people were charged with a felony for rioting and assaulting police. At least six officers were sent to the hospital with minor injuries due to rioters.
After the election, police in Portland, Ore., stood in lines wearing riot safety equipment, and rioters threw glass bottles at them. Officers had to release pepper spray, rubber bullets, and flash grenades. They were mostly used to warn the rioters that if they did not end the violence, they would be arrested, but they were also used for safety.
Inauguration Day Anti-Trump Protests
On inauguration day, most of the president’s supporters that moved their way to the ceremony ignored the Anti-Trump protesters and the hateful words. One Trump supporter, Doug Rahm, did not want to hear the protesters. He stopped and started yelling back at the people for quite some time. Rahm shouted at them saying, “Stop crying, snowflakes, Trump won,” and told them all to get jobs.
In New York, police set up barricades and sand trucks around Trump Towers for protection from rioters and protesters. City Councilman, Jumaane Williams, was arrested for protesting on Fifth Avenue in New York.
Protesters marched around the Georgia State University in Atlanta. They burned the American flag, and approximately 25 squad cars created a barricade around the demonstrators. The blockade made them move south down Boulevard Drive. Eventually, the protesters moved towards the Jackson Street Bridge. Some people tried climbing the bridge as a form of protesting.
In Chicago, 49-year-old David Wilcox was beaten by a group of men and women because he voted for Trump. As the attack was happening, the people were screaming at him for choosing him as president. They were chanting, “Don’t vote Trump!” and “You voted Trump!”
Thousands of people at the Anti-Trump protests in San Francisco created a human-linked chain system on the Golden Gate Bridge. They all yelled “Love [trumps] hate.” Hundreds of protesters caused a traffic block outside a building that Trump co-owns.
In Nashville, Tennessee, approximately six protesters chained themselves to the entrance of the capitol building. Many people at the park observed 10 minutes of silence as a form of Anti-Trump protests near the capitol building when President Trump was sworn into office. They also sang, prayed, and read the Declaration of Independence out loud as a way of peacefully protesting.
Reasons For the Anti-Trump Protests
Most of the Anti-Trump protests turned into riots. People are not happy with President Trump’s comments about African-Americans. During his campaign, he told the people that they are living in poverty and that their schools are bad. Many Anti-Trump protests were about how people are not happy about his past of assaulting women and looking down on them.
By Marrissa K.
Edited by Graduate Writer’s Bootcamp Class and Cathy Milne
CBS New York: Hundreds Arrested After Protesters Clash With Police In Washington
The Washington Post: Anti-Trump protesters take to the streets in many cities for a third night
Daily Mail.com: Majority of 230 protesters arrested on Inauguration Day will face 10 years in prison and $25k fine as US attorney says they will be charged with felony rioting
AJC.com: Anti-Trump protests: Marchers burn American flag, fail to block interstate
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