For liberals, President Donald Trump is a harbinger of the decline of the Republic, and their wrath was evident. For conservatives, he augurs a return to American pride, growth and optimism. Both were captured pictorially during the inauguration.
It’s a stark image for a car-driving nation. A limousine parked on 13th Street NW, three blocks from the inaugural parade route, set upon by activists. With windows smashed, it was sprayed with graffiti with the circle-A anarchist symbol and “We the People,” in gold paint and set on fire.
A burning car doesn't represent anything more than a temper tantrum by children. pic.twitter.com/FHNHrXbrEM
— Lance 🏳️🌈 (@LanceStrasser) January 20, 2017
The presidential state car, meanwhile, made its way along Pennsylvania Avenue.
HISTORIC MOMENT: President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump got out of their limo and walked part of the inaugural parade route pic.twitter.com/7zdoI4ZiHP
— DeplorableLeft #MAGA (@Deplorable_Left) January 20, 2017
Anti-Trump protesters took to the streets.
— The Hill (@thehill) January 20, 2017
While Trump supporters went to the Mall.
And as the new First Family saluted the crowd along the inaugural parade route…
— RT America (@RT_America) January 20, 2017
Protesters cast their own salutes of raised fists in solidarity.
"My grandmother is 96 yrs old & she might die not knowing if everything she sacrificed for was worth it."
-Racquelia Kilby, pictured left pic.twitter.com/HTz9eINKai
— AJ+ (@ajplus) January 20, 2017
— RT (@RT_com) January 20, 2017
The national capital’s commercial property received activists’ attention.
Not your average Friday in DC pic.twitter.com/4Q7Cm7CPoJ
— Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) January 20, 2017
While the nation’s Capitol building was covered with American flags.
— SkyriseCities (@skyrisecities) January 21, 2017
Surprise punches landed on the chin of white nationalist leader Richard Spencer.
— Gender-Professecs (@MrTrunney) January 20, 2017
While pepper spray was used against protesters as an order for the crowd to disperse was issued by DC’s Metropolitan Police.