This is what yesterday’s “protests” against the Trump inauguration looked like:
The “protesters” also set a limousine on fire and threw concrete blocks at police officers, yelling “put the pigs in the ground.”
None of this is surprising. This is what leftist protesters–read, criminals–always do. And yet, how did the Associated Press characterize the demonstrators just hours before they started smashing windows and attacking policemen? “Protesters make their mark on Trump’s inauguration.”
Calling out Donald Trump on climate change, race, his treatment of women and more, protesters pitching diverse causes but united against the incoming president demonstrated in the early hours of Inauguration Day, intent on making their mark as Trump prepared to take office.”
“Calling out” implies that they have a point.
Spirited! See video above.
…unfolded at various security checkpoints near the Capitol as police in riot gear helped ticket-holders get through to the inaugural ceremony. Signs read “Resist Trump Climate Justice Now,” “Let Freedom Ring,” “Free Palestine.”
All sentiments with which the AP agrees.
The DisruptJ20 coalition, named after the date of the inauguration, had promised that people participating in its actions in Washington would attempt to shut down the celebrations, risking arrest when necessary.
Can you imagine the tone with which the AP would have written about demonstrators who “called out” Barack Obama and attempted to “shut down” his inaugural in 2009? I can’t, actually. Of course, no such thing happened.
At one checkpoint, protesters wore orange jumpsuits with black hoods over their faces to represent prisoners in U.S. detention at Guantanamo Bay. Eleanor Goldfield, who helped organize the Disrupt J20 protest, said protesters wanted to show Trump and his “misguided, misinformed or just plain dangerous” supporters that they won’t be silent.
Black Lives Matter and feminist groups also made their voices heard.
The AP thinks all of this is swell. Its reporters and editors generally agree with the protesters, as they describe them.
Along the parade route, the ANSWER Coalition anti-war group planned demonstrations at two locations.
ANSWER is not anti-war, it is pro-Communist. It is never described accurately in the press.
The AP assures us that the demonstrations unfolding in D.C. are an American tradition:
Jim Bendat, an expert on inaugural history, said significant protests surrounding Inauguration Day go back at least to 1913, when suffragettes marched down Pennsylvania Avenue.
The criminals you see in the video are just like the suffragettes.
Richard Nixon’s first and second inaugurations drew memorable protests, he said, with demonstrators at the second inauguration angry about the Vietnam War. During President George W. Bush’s 2001 inauguration, demonstrators along the parade route turned their backs as the president passed by and others held signs like “Hail to the thief,” suggesting Bush had stolen the election from Democrat Al Gore. At least one egg thrown from the crowd hit the presidential limousine. In 2005, demonstrators disrupted Bush’s inaugural address.
Do you notice a pattern here?
Bendat said it’s to be expected that after such a contentious election, demonstrators will come to Washington to express their opinions.
“That’s part of democracy, too,” he said.
Attempting to “shut down” an inaugural is not “part of democracy.” But leftist violence is always whitewashed by liberal news outlets like the Associated Press.
After the fact, the AP updated its report on the “spirited,” American-as-apple-pie demonstrators to acknowledge fires, bricks and smashed windows by protesters “registering their rage against the new president.”