Backers, Brawlers & Post-Inaugural Marchers A look at the 2017 democratic transfer of power


During the four-hour drive to Washington, D.C., we could only speculate what a transfer of power from the sitting president to the president-elect would look like: What would denote the overall mood? How would the rainy forecast set for Inauguration Day factor in, if at all? Would there be a large presence of demonstrators and if so, how loud a voice would they have? With me was Newsweek’s National Politics Correspondent and as we arrived in the nation’s capital the only thing we were certain of was that history was about to be made.


Thursday Afternoon

A District woman who identifies herself only as Natty celebrates the forthcoming inauguration of Donald Trump on Pennsylvania Avenue on Thursday, January 19, 2017. When asked her hopes for Mr. Trump’s presidency, she replied: "God has sent and delivered the right man for the right job."

A crowd at the Inaugural Welcome Concert observes the singing of The National Anthem at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool on Thursday, January 19, 2017. Live-musical acts, remarks by officials and Mr. Trump, and a fireworks display followed.

Desert Storm veteran Eric Robinson offers passers-by to take a selfie with a Donald Trump cardboard cut-out in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, January 19, 2017. “Yes and no,” he says of his support for the president-elect, adding: “I’m not a fan of what he’s said in the past but as a vet I have to support Donald Trump. But we should all give him a chance. He’s going to be our president." The cost of a selfie with Mr. Trump's likeness? $5.

Attendees of the Inaugural Welcome Concert listen to keynote addresses at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool on Thursday, January 19, 2017.

Seth and Chelsea Pomeroy of Little Rock, Arkansas stand outside the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, January 19, 2017. An educator and small business owner, Mr. Pomeroy hopes for Donald Trump to tackle deregulation and repeal and replace the Affordable Health Care Act in his first 100 days in office.


A young family makes their way past the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial on Thursday, January 19, 2017. Although unclear as to how many Hispanic or Latino Americans attended the inauguration, the Latino Coalition, a group of small-business owners comprised of the largest Latino advocacy group in the nation, hosted an inaugural party later in the evening to welcome Mr. Trump to office.


Thursday Evening

A couple of hundred anti-Trump protesters demonstrate outside the “DeploraBall” held at the National Press Building in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, January 19, 2017. Hosted by Trump supporters and members of the alt-right, attendees were yelled at by protesters and at times assaulted, forcing police to shield them from the crowd. Throughout the evening skirmishes between demonstrators and police and Trump supporters erupted, resulting in dozens of arrests.


A couple leaving the ‘DeploraBall’ are shouted-down by anti-Trump protesters outside the National Press Club on Thursday, January 19, 2017.


Here an unidentified Trump supporter is punched and beaten with flag poles by demonstrators after having joined the protest and shouted pro-Trump chants at them.


Balaclava-clad men assemble outside the gala amid the crowd of hundreds.


Raw Video: Outside the 'DeploraBall'

Here a Trump supporter attempts to defend himself after being assaulted by demonstrators outside the ‘DeploraBall’ but is pulled away. Moments after police intervene and keep the crowd at bay with threat of tear gas until one officer is hit in the face with an uprooted shrub.


An attendee leaving the ‘DeploraBall’ is chased by anti-Trump demonstrators.
Police cordon off a section of street outside the ‘DeploraBall’ after skirmishes break out.


Inauguration Day

A large crowd awaits entry to the inaugural parade hours before Mr. Trump takes his oath of office.


Here a group of anti-Trump protesters create a human-chain at an inaugural parade check-point, forcing police to break-up the crowd, and make a few arrests.

An Army soldier stands guard at an inaugural route check-point.


Minutes Before Noon

Crowds scramble across Pennsylvania Avenue moments before Mr. Trump is sworn into office.


Raw Video: Crowd Reacts as Donald Trump Becomes the 45th President


Anti-Trump supporters sit dazed moments after Mr. Trump takes the oath of office.


Raw Video: Trump Supporter Attempts to Bait Millennials Into Argument



Friday Night

Inauguration Day was marred at times with outbreaks of violence. Some storefront windows were smashed and vehicles were set on fire and things simmered until the evening when demonstrators lit a bonfire on 14th Street. Eventually police moved-in to clear the area so the fire department could extinguish the flames but not before having to disperse the crowd with pepper spray.

A man with his mobile phone shoots video of Metropolitan Police pepper spraying his face.

After taking a stream of pepper spray to the face for 30-seconds, the man with the mobile phone turns away in shock. Seconds later he ran off.


Raw Video: The 14th Street Bonfire


Women's March on Washington

On the morning after the inauguration of Donald Trump the largest one-day protest took place, the 2017 Women’s March on Washington. An estimated 500,000 marched on The National Mall with an additional 4 million participating in cities in the United States and in other countries. Speakers addressed issues such as reproductive rights, immigration reform, religious discrimination, LGBTQ rights, gender and racial inequities, workers' rights, and other issues.

A group of women hop out of a vehicle and wave goodbye before making their way to the Capitol Building.


Raw Video: On The National Mall with The Women's March


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