Donald Trump Supporters & Protesters Clash
Protesters and supporters of President-elect Donald Trump clashed outside a pro-Trump event in Washington the night before his inauguration.
According to the Washington Post, Police used chemical spray on some protesters in an effort to control the unruly crowd. Police officers used chemical spray against protesters gathered outside the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Thursday night after they began throwing trash at Donald Trump supporters leaving the "DeploraBall”.
Several protesters raised their middle fingers at the supporters, the Post reports, and shouted "racist" and "Nazi." While some other protesters were silent.
Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the National Press Club in downtown Washington, where the “DeploraBall” was being held.
On another part of the place of event, one group projected phrases onto the side of the building, like "Bragging about Grabbing a Woman's Genitals" and "Impeach the Predatory President," and another inflated a giant white elephant with a banner that said "racism."
The name is a play on a campaign remark by Hillary Clinton, who once referred too many of Trump’s supporters as a “basket of deplorable.”
Protesters booed any time presumed ball-goers in suits, tuxedos or dresses came in or out of the event.
One man waving a pro-Trump flag had debris thrown at him and was chased to the nearby Warner Theater, where Fox News Channel personalities Sean Hannity and Geraldo Rivera happened to be outside waiting to go into another event.
Hannity engaged hecklers by raising his fist; Rivera laughed and smiled before entering the theater.
Catherine Garcia Had said, Organizers of the DeploraBall, named after Hillary Clinton's description of some Trump supporters as "deplorable," said they had nothing to do with the white supremacist movement, although rumors swirled across social media that well-known members of the alt-right movement would be attending.