Six police officers were injured and 217 protesters arrested Friday after a morning of peaceful protests and coordinated disruptions of Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony gave way to ugly street clashes in downtown Washington.
At least two DC police officers and one other person were taken to the hospital after run-ins with protesters, DC Fire Spokesman Vito Maggiolo told CNN. Acting DC Police Chief Peter Newsham said the officers’ injuries were considered minor and not life threatening.
Bursts of chaos erupted on 12th and K streets as black-clad “antifascist” protesters smashed storefronts and bus stops, hammered out the windows of a limousine and eventually launched rocks at a phalanx of police lined up in an eastbound crosswalk. Officers responded by launching smoke and flash-bang devices, which could be heard from blocks away, into the street to disperse the crowds.
“Pepper spray and other control devices were used to control the criminal actors and protect persons and property,” police said.
Anti-Trump protests also broke out Friday in US cities, including New York, Seattle, Dallas, Chicago and Portland, Oregon. Authorities in Seattle say one person was in critical condition at a hospital with a gunshot wound. Demonstrations also took place overseas in Hong Kong, Berlin and London.
In Washington, Newsham told CNN the several hundred demonstrators who actively confronted police were vastly outnumbered by the thousands of nonviolent protesters who swarmed the nation’s capital for Inauguration Day and Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington.
“We have been pointing out all along that this is a very isolated incident, and by and large, everything is going peacefully and a lot of folks have come to the city to enjoy this historic day, not only the Capitol but walking all around the city,” he said.
But many protesters, including permitted marchers, accused security personnel of denying them access to their planned routes.
Ashley Link, 37, made her way to Franklin Square after an ANSWER Coalition protest slated for the Navy Memorial on Pennsylvania Avenue, about a mile away, was effectively blocked by what many there described as onerous security restrictions. She expressed concern that isolated clashes with police would overshadow other messages on display, but sympathized with the rowdier elements in the street.
“I’m all about peaceful protesting, practicing nonviolence, but at the same time, I understand why people are so frustrated,” she said. “They are so upset about so many things in our country right now that to make a poster? There’s not a poster big enough to cover all the things that people are frustrated about.”
Hours earlier, Lysander Reid-Powell, a 20-year-old student from New Mexico, joined in a Black Lives Matter-led blockade of an entrance onto the National Mall.
“I think Donald Trump is a fascist, and it’s very easy for people, especially people who are in pain, to slip into fascism,” he said. “It’s easy for people to feel like the individual has no power and that you’re just one small little ant in the big hill, so ultimately all that matters is popular resistance.”https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=822550949789110272&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnn.com%2F2017%2F01%2F19%2Fpolitics%2Ftrump-inauguration-protests-womens-march%2Findex.html&siteScreenName=cnn&theme=light&widgetsVersion=ed20a2b%3A1601588405575&width=550px
As Trump supporters and other spectators began to emerge from their hotels, many in the new president’s signature red caps, and head for the security checkpoints on Friday morning, protesters at multiple entry points sought to cut off access by staging coordinated sit-ins. As the swearing-in ceremony neared around noon, hundreds of people remained snarled in long lines.
Three women were chained together at the neck on 10th Street, and more than 150 DisruptJ20 demonstrators surrounded an entrance near the Canadian embassy. “This checkpoint is closed,” they chanted, forcing Trump supporters to turn back and walk along Indiana Avenue in search of a clearer path.
An assortment of “pop up” protests also lined the streets surrounding the secure zones on the mall. “We’re here to take a stand against the ideas that Trump spouted throughout the course of this campaign – sexism, Islamophobia, his bigotry and nationalism,” said protester Jed Holtz, from New York City.
The protests did not stop at the checkpoints. A half-dozen members of “Democracy Spring,” a group that agitates against the influence of money in politics, obtained tickets that placed them within shouting distance of the swearing-in ceremony.
As Trump stepped forward to to take the oath of office, six protesters, each wearing a letter of the word “RESIST,” stood up to chant the preamble to US Constitution.
Their shouting made it difficult for those seated nearby – including former campaign staffers and volunteers, as well as Trump’s ex-wife Ivana Trump – to hear Trump utter the words that officially made him the 45th President of the United States.
The disruption was compounded when, much as it happened at Trump’s campaign rallies, his supporters responded, erupting in shouts of “Trump, Trump, Trump!” as they tried to drown out the interlopers.
Liberal groups praised the work of protesters, many of whom traveled from around the country to rail against a president they called “illegitimate” in thousands of signs and songs.
“The only source of light on this miserable day is the massive, multi-racial, multi-generational progressive resistance movement led by women and people of color that’s already emerging to confront Donald Trump’s agenda of hate and growing stronger every single day,” Democracy for America Executive Director Charles Chamberlain said in a statement following the inaugural ceremony.
In New York, nine people were arrested for disorderly conduct, according to the New York Police Department. Authorities said five people were arrested at a protest in Dallas, six in Chicago.
In Portland, Oregon, protesters were armed with clubs, sticks and throwing unknown liquid at officers, according to the Portland Police Department. Six people were arrested in Portland Friday, Portland Police Sgt. Pete Simpson tells CNN.
In Seattle, people threw bricks and other items at officers during a demonstration on the the University of Washington campus, city police said. Harborview Medical Center in Seattle confirmed it was treating a man who was shot at the protest and is in critical condition. Seattle police said a man turned himself in to campus police and was being questioned.
The anti-Trump protests extended well beyond water’s edge, with rallies popping up in Australia, London, Hong Kong and Berlin – where demonstrators held a sign that read, “Walls divide.” In the West Bank, Palestinians protested against Israeli settlements and Trump’s plan to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.
In Sydney, anti-Trump protesters and Trump supporters spilled into the city’s streets Saturday to protest the US President.
Thousands of people attended a Women’s March in Martin Place in the central part of the city. Event organizers claimed nearly 5,000 people attended the march, but Sydney police estimate that the number was closer to 3,000.
Chants from the crowd included “women united will never be defeated” and “when women’s rights are under attack, what do we do, stand up fight back.”
A separate, smaller protest of approximately 30 people, in support of Trump also took place at Martin Place on Saturday.
The pro-Trump crowd waved US and confederate flags in the air and shouted: “It’s all over lefty scum” and “drain the swamp,” witness to the protest Eliza Berlage told CNN. Some Trump enthusiast also carried placards saying “Aussies for Trump,” Berlage said.
The police refrained the pro-Trump protesters from going into the area with the anti-Trump protesters.
Scuffles ensued as police tried to physically restrain some of the rally goers, Berlage said.
On Thursday night in Washington, protesters gathered on 14th Street outside the National Press Club to demonstrate against “DeploraBall,” an event organized by some of Trump’s most aggressive online supporters. The name riffs off the campaign description of some Trump backers by his defeated opponent, Hillary Clinton, as a “basket of deplorables.”https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-1&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=822249903522975745&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnn.com%2F2017%2F01%2F19%2Fpolitics%2Ftrump-inauguration-protests-womens-march%2Findex.html&siteScreenName=cnn&theme=light&widgetsVersion=ed20a2b%3A1601588405575&width=550px
As attendees – some of whom were clad in suits and red hats, others dressed in gowns – entered the event, demonstrators chanted “Shame” and “Nazis go home” behind a phalanx of police. Some held signs that read “No Alt Reich” and “No Nazi USA.”
The Women’s March gets ready for prime time
On Saturday, the Women’s March on Washington could attract a quarter million participants, organizers said.
“We’re really trying to set a tone of resistance for the coming years,” Lacy MacAuley, a DisruptJ20 organizer, told CNN. “Donald Trump represents a shift in our politics in a dangerous, harmful, exclusionary direction. We oppose those policies of hate.”
According to Department of Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson, as many as 900,000 spectators may attend inaugural ceremonies.
Johnson told reporters last week that 28,000 security personnel from dozens of agencies, including local and out-of-town police officers, will be fanned out across the city on Inauguration Day and into the weekend.
Organizers of the march, which begins near Capitol Hill at 10 a.m. ET, now say internal divisions, many of them stemming from a divisive Democratic primary fight, are being put aside in the name of solidarity.
“We have already proven that Hillary and Bernie Sanders supporters can work together against fascism, xenophobia, and racism,” Linda Sarsour, a Palestinian-American Muslim activist from Brooklyn, told CNN.
The march, which began with a modest Facebook call in the aftermath of the election, has grown in to what could be one of the larger political demonstrations ever in DC.
There are more than 600 “sister marches” planned around the country and fundraising for the event has largely come in chunks of $20 and $30 online donations.
“It really reminds me of the Sanders campaign,” Sarsour said. “A very grassroots, very grass-powered movement.”
Former MSNBC Host Labels Condoleezza Rice A “Soldier For White Supremacy” After She Denounced Critical Race Theory
Claims “Condoleezza Rice’s recent appearance on The View was offensive and disgusting”
A former MSNBC host has branded Condoleezza Rice a “disgusting soldier for white supremacy,” after the former Secretary of State spoke out against the teaching of Critical Race Theory in American schools.
In an op-ed Toure Neblett declared that Rice’s “thoughts on critical race theory are completely white-centric, as in, they revolve around the thoughts and needs of white people.”
He added that “Condoleezza Rice’s recent appearance on The View was offensive and disgusting for many reasons, but she was who we thought she was: a soldier for white supremacy.”
Rice said on The View that in her opinion CRT “is a conversation that has gone in the wrong direction,” further explaining that “I would like black kids to be completely empowered, to know that they are beautiful in their blackness, but in order to do that, I don’t have to make white kids feel bad for being white.”
“One of the worries that I have about the way that we’re talking about race is that it either seems so big that somehow white people now have to feel guilty for everything that happened in the past,” Rice, now the Director of the Hoover Institution, further emphasised.
She added, “We teach the good and we teach the bad of history, but what we don’t do is make 7 and 10 year-olds feel that they are somehow bad people because of the color of their skin. We’ve been through that and we don’t want to do that again.”
In his response, Neblett countered that “White children and adults should absolutely feel bad about the past atrocities committed by white Americans.”
“They should feel guilty. They should cringe at what their ancestors did. They should also understand that modern white power is directly related to those atrocities,” he further declared.
SEE IT: Lori Lightfoot Booed By Union Members At Fundraiser
One person said Lightfoot was “booed off the stage” when she was introduced at the annual event at Plumbers Hall, 1340 W. Washington Blvd., but a union official disputed that account, saying only “a couple of people” booed.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot was booed at a fundraiser Sunday for Plumbers Union Local 130, the first union to endorse her in the 2019 runoff election against Toni Preckwinkle.
One attendee, who asked to remain anonymous, described Lightfoot as having been “booed off the stage” at the annual event at Plumbers Hall, 1340 W. Washington St., to raise money for Local 130’s political action committee — though a union official disputed that account.
The person requesting anonymity said Lightfoot “spoke for less than a minute. And there was a resounding booing throughout the room. Almost deafening, … I was sitting at the table with a bunch of plumbers. They’re like, `We’ve never heard that before here.’ … Clearly, their membership is not with her. … They were calling her names. It was bad.”
Pat McCarthy, the union’s recording secretary, acknowledged Lightfoot was booed during halftime of the Bears’ loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
But McCarthy also insisted the mayor was “able to finish her remarks, got a cheer at the end,” then returned to her seat and watched the rest of the game.
“I was there when she was speaking. There were a couple of people in the corner that booed. But it was nothing significant. And it didn’t disrupt the event at all,” McCarthy said.
“I would have to suspect whoever was booing at that event was not a member of this local. … We respect her and we have no problems with the mayor.”
Ald. Silvana Tabares (23rd), however, said a close friend who attended the event showed her a video of the mayor being booed.
Union President Jim Majerowicz said he was downstairs counting money for the football pool when Lightfoot took the stage.
“I didn’t hear nothin’ … I was in a different room, so I can’t say,” Majerowicz said. “You’re telling me some shocking stuff. I find it hard to believe.”
As for the recent changes to the plumbing code that paved the way for increased use of plastic pipe, Majerowicz said, “We’ve been working with the mayor’s office on that. We’ve been supporting the mayor since Day One. We were the first union to support the mayor. She’s been here numerous times at meetings and stuff. She’s a great partner of ours. I just find it hard to believe.”
Business manager Jim Coyne introduced the mayor to Sunday’s crowd of over 1,000 people.
“I did not hear any booing,” he said. “That’s kind of impossible at Plumbers Hall. She’s loved by the plumbers. People wanted to get in line and take pictures with her.”
Whatever happened, Lightfoot’s political director Dave Mellet called it much ado about nothing.
Democrats now drop paid family and medical leave from social spending package despite it being a cornerstone of Biden’s economic agenda
- Democrats reportedly drop paid family and medical leave from spending bill
- It followed hectic talks on Wednesday to bring liberals and centrists together
- The White House is desperate for a deal to keep the Biden agenda on track
- But it appears to have come at the cost of one of his signature campaign policies
- And Democrats dropped the idea of a billionaire tax to help pay for it all
- Hours after floating the idea of squeezing the country’s richest people, the proposal was hurriedly abandoned
- Earlier Jen Psaki said Biden may go to the Capitol if a deal was close
- He intends to fly to Rome Thursday for summit meetings and an audience with the Pope
- Negotiators have yet to lock down support from Joe Manchin or Kyrsten Sinema
Congressional Democrats signaled Wednesday they would ditch plans for paid family and medical leave in an effort to trim costs and secure an elusive deal to push through a massive spending bill.
It marked the latest attempt to bridge the divide between liberals and moderates but would come at the cost of one of President Biden’s key campaign pledges.
During another day of frenetic activity, the two moderate holdouts, Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, met with Biden aides on Capitol Hill before saying they were confident of ‘progress.’
Later three sources familiar with ongoing discussions told Politico that Senate Democrats were dropping paid family and medical leave from the reconciliation bill.
It followed a confusing back and forth between House and Senate members, who first floated and then withdrew the idea of using a tax on billionaires to help pay for the package.
Biden aides are pressing Democrats to come together around a set of plans with a $1.75 trillion price tag before the end of the week, a move that would also unlock the president’s stalled $1 trillion infrastructure bill.
Discussions on Wednesday centered both on how to trim the cost of the bill and how to generate funding.
Biden is due to fly to Rome, Italy, on Thursday for a G20 summit followed by a climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, but is desperate to trumpet progress on his domestic agenda before a tight gubernatorial election in Virginia on Tuesday.
Last week he admitted that family leave was on the chopping block.
‘It is down to four weeks,’ he said during a CNN town hall.
‘And the reason it’s down to four weeks is I can’t get 12 weeks.’
The U.S. is one of the few industrialized countries that does not have a universal paid leave program for new parents or employees suffering health problems.
And Biden made changing that a central part of his election campaign last year before ensuring it was a key part of his social agenda.
Manchin made clear late in the morning that it was a potential dealbreaker.
‘It doesn’t make sense to me,’ he told reporters. ‘I just can’t do it.’
Dropping it might help woo the West Virginia senator but it could cost the support of other Democrats, who voiced their anger in the evening.
Rep. Jamal Bowman, one of the party’s most progressive members, said bluntly: ‘I’m pissed off, man.
He singled out Manchin, saying he had a disproportionate amount of sway over the proposals.
‘It’s just unacceptable to me that one person from one state can have all this power and make these decisions that will crush my district and districts like mine across the country.’
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said she was not giving up on paid leave.
‘Until the bill is printed, I will continue working to include paid leave in the Build Back Better plan,’ she said.
High profile supporters of the measure include Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, who last week wrote to Democratic Party leaders urging them not to let the measure slip.
‘This is about putting families above politics,’ she wrote.
‘And for a refreshing change, it’s something we all seem to agree on. At a point when everything feels so divisive, let this be a shared goal that unites us.’
Earlier, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki offered an optimistic picture and said the administration was monitoring progress ‘hour by hour.’
She said the president could yet visit Capitol Hill before flying overseas.
‘We are on track now to move forward once we get an agreement,’ she said.
But there were other setbacks along the way, as Democrats haggled over how to pay for the plans and whether a tax on billionaires would be part of the mix.
The Senate’s top tax writer, Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, floated the idea early on Wednesday but it was nixed in the afternoon by his House of Representatives counterpart, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, who said it was too complex to work.
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