Yesterday my father-in-law and I were at the inauguration of President Trump. We were standing behind the Capitol reflecting pool in what was designated as the “red” area. To get there, we walked down F street from the Gallery Place / Chinatown station on G and 7th to the security access point on 3rd Street.
We saw no protesters coming in. There was a “the end is now” preacher right outside the security cordon. That was about 7 a.m. Right after the inauguration, we were walking in a massive crowd down 3rd Street across Independence. We took 3rd Street to Indiana and took a left, where it turned into D Street.
We had to take a right on D and 7th to get to the Metro. That’s where we saw protesters. They were trying to incite violent responses from visitors and actively verbally harassing people with F-bombs and other cuss words. We saw the camera setting up behind concrete barriers. In fact, to avoid getting harassed, we walked in the gap behind the barrier–about one person wide–to stay out of the way. I was within 6 inches of the camera crew as they set up. We practically tripped over their cables.
By the time we made it to the hotel about 45 minutes later, the protests were all over the news. I noticed the view of the camera pointing down D street. Lo and behold, that looked familiar. It was the same intersection I walked through.
The protesters waited until the cameras were set up to begin “agitating.”
They organized around the camera positions between D and 7th and K and 12th, and performed for the news crews. We walked through those areas and there was no violence as the cameras were just getting set up after the inauguration events.
These were not just angry people. They were trained, likely paid, agitators. They were coordinated with with press so the crews knew exactly where to put there cameras. The filming angles, shots and probably even the actions of the agitators were staged. And the news ran with their footage over and over again.
The progression from “peaceful” protest, to confronting the police, to vandalism was set for maximum impact so people would focus on this and not the historic events taking place just blocks away.
I have no doubt that President Obama’s administration, the FBI, and law enforcement knew the plan. I’m certain they had plenty of information on the #J20Disrupt protesters, ANSWER coalition, and all the other groups who were handy with their prepared statements given to eager reporters at CNN and other news organizations.
That they allowed this shameful movie to be shot in the nation’s capital to mar the peaceful transition of the government to the opposition party is beyond outrageous. Of course, it’s par for the course for Democrats and for Obama, the master community organizer. It’s straight out of Ailinsky.
I am beginning to wonder if the dearth of protesters at Obama’s inauguration in 2009 was less about the universally nonviolent and peaceful intent of conservatives and more about presidents like George W. Bush not restraining law enforcement from doing their jobs. I am sure there were plenty of groups who would have liked to stage violent press events for Obama’s inauguration, but two things stopped it. First, law enforcement squashed their plans before they took hold, and second, they didn’t have the cooperation of a sympathetic press.
I am also beginning to think that in very real ways, President Donald Trump is right. It’s not just the analysis and coverage of him–and Republicans–that’s slanted. The liberal press actively and dishonestly works with elements willing to stage criminal acts for the cameras to deflect the news they should be covering.
Because of this, I hope Trump continues to battle them and in fact I hope he defeats them. They’ve wielded way too much power for far too long and it has gone to their heads. If we want to give government back to the people, we must first take it away from the corrupt media.