The federal prosecutors in Washington delivered a surprise to rioters expecting a slap on the wrist for their violent protests of Donald Trump. They can forget that right now. It has been announced that the majority of the 230 rioters who were arrested will face federal charges of felony rioting, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in a federal penitentiary.
Heated clashes broke out in McPherson Square and along K Street as hundreds of riot police fired tear gas and drew their nightsticks to contain the masked mob.
As the rioting unfolded, Trump and his family were arriving at a review stand at the White House to see the end of the inaugural parade.
Militant anti-Trump protesters gave a foretaste of what could follow during the violent outbreaks, which has so far seen 217 people arrested and at least six police officers injured.
Many, including myself expected violent riots for the next four to eight years but the tough stance by federal prosecutors could stem the flow of liberal violence. It carries a double penalty because I believe incarceration stops their welfare payments and food stamps.
Many liberals will claim the prosecutors are pandering to their new boss. But guess what. I don’t care, as long as it gets done.
Just before the parade started, clashes broke out between more than 400 stone-throwing protesters and riot police in McPherson Square – just blocks from the parade in honor of newly sworn-in president.
As Trump’s motorcade wound its way up Pennsylvania Avenue in the parade to the White House, protesters also descended on Franklin Square Park where they graffitied a stretch limo before setting the vehicle ablaze right outside the Washington Post building.
‘Groups of people started gathering around the limo. There was a sense of something going to happen. People were shouting ‘it’s going to blow’. We tried to move them back,’ DailyMail.com columnist Katie Hopkins, who witnessed the ordeal, said.
‘The inauguration parade for the president is just blocks away from where all this is happening.’
Hopkins said the anarchists set things ablaze and started throwing bricks, stones and rocks.
‘These people are here for this purpose – these guys are here for the fight,’ she said.