Anarchist Groups Vow To Disrupt Trump’s Inauguration

Reuters reports:

Anarchist groups have threatened to shut down Republican Donald Trump’s swearing-in as U.S. president, but police in Washington said on Friday they believe the thousands of security officers assigned to the event will be able to head off any disruption.

Dozens of activist groups plan to protest the Jan. 20 inauguration of the New York real estate developer, whose supporters are counting on him to fulfill a host of controversial campaign promises including building a wall on the Mexican border and deporting millions of illegal immigrants.

Police expect some 900,000 people to flood Washington for the inauguration ceremony, which includes a parade from the U.S. Capitol to the White House along streets thronged with onlookers. Interim Police Chief Peter Newsham told reporters on Friday that in addition to the more than two dozen activist groups that have sought permits for peaceful demonstrations, Washington police were aware of anarchist groups vowing online to interrupt the proceedings.

“The fact that you have some folks that are indicating on social media that they’re coming to shut down the inauguration events is something that we will be prepared for,” Newsham said. “We’ve experienced that type of thing before in the city and we’ll be able to handle it.”

More on planned protests from

Although Inauguration Day is a moment to celebrate an “American tradition” as well as a peaceful transition of power, President-elect Donald Trump’s swearing-in as the 45th president of the United States is expected to encounter a string of protests all across Washington, D.C.

In fact, the Women’s March on Washington will hold one of the largest protests on Jan. 21. The Washington Post reported that more than 100,000 people have registered to attend the demonstration linked to Trump’s inauguration ceremony. It is one of the very few organizations that secured a permit from D.C. police to gather as many as 200,000 individuals at Independence Avenue and Third Street SW.

Likewise, ANSWER Coalition received a permit to hold a demonstration on Freedom Plaza against war and racism while supporting immigrant rights, yet it is still waiting for additional permits should they gather in areas such as Pennsylvania Avenue or the White House sidewalk, Politico reported.

Politico’s list of groups awaiting permits is here. On the list is Westboro Baptist Church.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    I really hope that this is as high as his popularity gets and everything afterwards just pushes it down.

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    • (((dagobarbz)))

      And tweeting the night away…

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    • William

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  • geoffalnutt

    Here we go.

  • another_steve

    Difficult to imagine there not being widespread and very vocal protesting at the event. The Washington D.C. mall — where inauguration watchers assemble — is a huge space.

    Make it loud, girls and boys.

    Drown out the sexual predator’s swearing-in.

    • Falconlights

      Wish them luck and sending positive energy. Wish I could be there. Make it loud and proud guys. Don’t be shy–they stole our government.

  • Sean Williams

    I just love the idea of Anarchists…forming groups….and planning. lol

    • BobSF_94117

      Next thing you know, they’ll be collecting dues.

      • Nic Peterson

        And calling themselves ‘pro-entropy’.

        • MarkBuster

          And in this day, they will end up being the MOST organized political group in town. hee hee

    • Michael R

      They can’t exist without destroying someone else’s order , taken to their logical conclusion they would starve to death .

    • perversatile
    • PRW

      Do try reading a book once in a while.

  • BobSF_94117

    No, thanks. I’d happily see a huge crowd of regular citizens protesting, even silently with their backs turned, but we really don’t need the professional, trust-fund-baby disrupters that show up for every global event these days.

    • another_steve

      Well, American anarchists are citizens too and have a right to peacefully protest. To yell and shout and bang drums and scream through bullhorns. All of that is needed in this time of peril.

      Now… getting the drums and bullhorns past security will be a feat, for sure.

      Should be fun. 🙂

      • Marides48

        Hide the bullhorn in a bazooka?

      • BobSF_94117

        The “anarchists” I’m referring to are not peaceful. I mean the kids who show up at every Group of Fill-in-the-Number economic meetings or World Bank or IMF confab. They break windows, etc., etc. It doesn’t help that Reuters talks about “anarchist” and “activist” groups as though they’re interchangeable.

        Violence will just tar the opposition to Trump.

        • another_steve

          I agree that violence would only embolden Trump and his supporters.

          Here in the United States, speech is protected but not violence.

          • BobSF_94117

            At least this time around the likelihood of Trump-side violence and anarchist violence are roughly equal…. oh, yay….

        • MaryOGrady

          I first ran into modern-day anarchists when I was doing abortion clinic defense in Houston during the Republican National Convention in 1992. (Anti-abortion crazies converged from all over the US. There was a lot of clinic defense to do.)
          I have encountered them at political events several times since then.
          In my experience, the current crop of anarchists specializes in getting other people arrested. Since I am a bit of a claustrophobe, they are a threat to my mental health.

  • fuzzybits
    • Marides48

      That’s an insult to clowns everywhere.

    • Michael R
    • (((dagobarbz)))

      Ack! Clowns!

      Why’d it have to be clowns???

      • Natty Enquirer

        Isn’t it rich? Isn’t it queer?

        • (((dagobarbz)))

          We’re gonna need a bigger car…

      • Mike_in_the_Tundra

        I don’t know if my stomach will stop clenching before Tuesday. One clown is too much. That many clowns is frighting. Actually one clown is frighting.

    • karmanot


  • Silver Badger

    I wonder why the DC police think the protesters will peacefully play by the rules whey it obviously doesn’t work? The coronation could well be the first battle in the upcoming civil war.

    • grindstone

      They have the name anarchists for a reason, there, DC police. Just as a clue.

  • (((dagobarbz)))

    “We’ve experienced that type of thing before in the city and we’ll be able to handle it.”

    Really? Ever been to an event where all the fire sprinklers went off at once?

  • AtticusP

    I’m hoping that the weather forecast for Washington DC on January 20 calls for torrential rains and gale force winds.

    It won’t stop the inauguration ceremony from happening, of course. But I hope everyone “celebrating” this shit show is as miserable and uncomfortable as possible.

    • I want a blizzard of epic dimensions. Gale force wind blowing feet of snow around, with temps hovering around -40.

      • Jerry

        Which of us has been assigned the weather knob for that day?

        • I don’t know, but hopefully not someone from the Log Cabin or the “ex”-gay folk.

          • Jerry

            Make it a William Henry Harrison inauguration, please.

          • Exatron

            Especially if someone can convince God Emperor Trump to give an extremely long inaugural address outside without wearing an overcoat.

    • JCF

      I believe the crowd (in favor of Drumpf) will be VERY SMALL.

  • TampaDink

    The down side to the demonstrations is that Hair Furor will claim each person in the region is there to support him & his will be the bigliest attendance of any inauguration.

  • Silver Badger

    Iraq and Afghanistan have much to teach us about protests. Peaceful protests, of course.

    • DaddyRay

      They are a shoe in

    • No, who we should learn from is South Korea. The turned out by the thousands every weekend to protest President Park.

  • Lazycrockett

    I wish them luck but I’ll be spending the day watching movies on TCM cause Im sure as hell not helping any ratings.

    • Gil

      The Trumputin Coronation would just reinforce my horror and bewilderment that this nation has come to this pitiful place in its history.

    • Falconlights

      Me, too. My wife is staying home that day and we’ll be watching the Beeb America.

      • ChrisMorley

        The BBC’s mission includes informing people, so they will feel compelled to report it, even while noting the misgivings felt across the non-Russian world.

  • Natty Enquirer

    An epic manure drop from a hired C-130 would be sweet.

  • Dramphooey

    In this one instance I say push Westboro to the front of the line.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Honestly, did you ever think you’d utter such a phrase, without it being followed by the words “off a cliff”

    • MaryOGrady

      It’s the End Times, all right. I find myself agreeing with something those Westboro disgraces to humanity are doing.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    900,000? Wouldn’t it be something if only 9000 showed up instead? I can dream, can’t I.

    • canoebum

      And the all mooned him as he drove by?

      • I would love to see the entire parade route filled by people shunning him with their backs turned with shirts saying, “False President”

  • JWC

    Was anyone physically at the 2008 innauguration in 2008 Bush to Obama

    • JCF


  • Crow on a Top Hat

    Somebody hack the sound system! Blast our cheto-not-chief saying something deplorable through the speakers or at least some porn…

  • KnownDonorDad
  • Paula

    Ohhh, Anarchist!! This should be fun..I’m going to the store right now. POPCORN ! MUST GET POPCORN!

  • Ta-er al-Asfer

    I hope he faces disruption every single moment of his administration.

  • Lars Littlefield

    The San Ysidro/Tijuana border crossing is only a few hours drive from home. So far six of us have decided to drive down, park the car and Mexicoach it to downtown TJ for inauguration day to eat, shop, drink, throw money away playing Jai Lai andj probably other stuff. Should be a memorable celebration. Maybe we’ll luck out. They may close down the border and we’ll have to stay there.

    • MaryOGrady

      If my luck holds, I will be wearing my Obama “Hope” t-shirt on that evil day, sipping Cuban rum, watching hummingbirds, and writing at the garden bar of one of my favorite places in the world, in Mexico City.

      • Lars Littlefield

        I’m envious. There’s a wonderfully ancient cantina in la Condesa with a patio filled with tropical orchid cactus where I always try to lose a couple of afternoons when I visit Mex DF. Not enough time to spend away from home this time.

        • MaryOGrady

          If you could trust me with the name and address of that cantina, my e-mail address is mjogrady1225(at)
          I could give any associates there your regards. Pretty please?

      • TuuxKabin

        WE N V U madly!!!. CDMX is el HubCap and my favorite city too! If you feel like rubbing our noses in it, write: [email protected] & send photos if you can. Sitting here watching the snow pile up, feeling like I’m coming down with chilblains, poppin’ roasted pine nuts back with hot toddies, knowing I have to go back out in an hour to shovel again, I am green with envy. Hope you have an incredible visit. CDMX is astonishing. We always make it out to Xochimilco, the plaza opposite the entrance has some pleasant outdoor cantinas and restaurants. Provecho! From Ochoa & Donohue.

        • MaryOGrady

          An e-mail is on its way to you. Thank you for the contact information!

      • JCF

        May I join you? 🙂

        • MaryOGrady

          Will you also be in Mexico City that day? If so, certainly.
          E-mail: mjogrady1225(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  • Adonisus

    Molotov cocktails? Is it too much to wish for Molotov cocktails?

    Because I want there to be Molotov cocktails. Lots of them. Preferably bouncing off of Trump’s head.

  • Jeffg166

    To me anarchist are useless. They like to show up for a photo op and say there were there. The majority of the country is not behind this man or his policies. If we have midterm election in 2018 I hope all the people who stayed home in 2016 for whatever reason will get out and let the republicans know they are history. This is not what we as a nation want.

  • MarkBuster

    If they want to disrupt the crowning of the Hair furor, why did they freakin ANNOUNCE it??? Good Lord people… if you’re going that route, get smarter about it!

  • GayOldLady


  • AtticusP

    Trump’s supporters are filling the inauguration reviewing stands early, it seems…

    • Jerry

      How much are they being paid to attend?

      • AtticusP

        How much is tree fiddy in rubles?

        • Jerry

          I dunno…but in rubles, I think you’d need a wheelbarrow to deliver it.

        • Bomer

          208.60 rubles.

      • JCF

        Drumpf’s MO, ever since he announced in June 2015!

    • Bomer

      Okay that’s some nightmare fodder right there.

  • Jerry

    My main concern is if they use violence or destruction…it lets hair furor paint all protesters that way…from BLM to Planned Parenthood to Nuns on the Bus. I expect all PDs will be given extraordinary latitude (and more military equipment) in the next few years to do whatever they like to squash protests. It’s like what happened with BLM: some used it as an excuse to loot during the protests, or chanted to kill the police, so everyone was labeled a “violent thug”.

    • Jerry

      I would rather see (no, I’m not going to actually watch the shit show) huge sections of the crowd turn their back on him, or flip the bird, hold protest signs, or otherwise make fun of the clown.

    • JWC

      this is soo Hitlers roots


    Why bother? Let it be lame all on its own.

  • andrew

    If there is one sure way of getting more Americans to mistakenly view Trump in a positive light, it’s groups of anarchists attempting to disrupt his inauguration.

    • kareemachan

      Look, here’s reality: the country is already divided. Anarchists are not going to make a big difference here. And if (hopefully not) they rampage, maybe people will say, “Thanks trumpie”. After all, they’ve had a lot of practice with our last POTUS….

  • EdA

    Given that the arch-anarchist will be perjuring itself by taking the oath of office, the presence of organized groups of anarchists seems to be somewhat superfluous.

  • Nychta

    I’m tired of the phrase “peaceful transition of power.” There’s nothing peaceful about it.

  • Ore Carmi

    Oh, what would we do without ANSWER? Yes, we need a protest against war on the day of Trump’s inauguration. War and racism. War and racism and immigrants. War and racism and immigrants and salmon fishing. War and racism and immigrants and salmon fishing and…

  • AtticusP

    Somebody in DC needs to hand out free vuvuzelas in all of the pride flag rainbow colors on January 19 and 20th .

    That way, when the Donald begins his inaugural address, everyone can blow their horns ad nauseam to celebrate!

    Yeah, celebrate! That’s the ticket!

  • Galvestonian

    One can only hope…

  • JCF

    “Anarchist groups have threatened to shut down [________________’s] swearing-in as U.S. president”

    Not sure this will help. Hold out more hope for the Women’s March on January 21!

  • edrex

    just curious: i will not watch the travesty of 2017 inauguration. i am plannong to donate to aclu during the swearing in as my simple act of defiance. how many of y’all will watch?

  • Exatron

    Good luck, anarchists. We’re all counting on you.

  • Rt1583

    This isn’t a battle worth fighting so I hope it falls apart before it even has a chance to begin.
    Trump will be president and the best course of action at this point is to let him and his supporters destroy their organization from the inside.

    • kareemachan

      Yada, yada, yada. You’re quite dismissive of people saying what they think. And IMO, ANY battle against trumpie is a battle worth fighting.

      But be passive as you want. See where it gets ya.

      • Rt1583

        It’s not about being passive at all. It’s about choosing battles that are actually worth fighting.

        Trump and his supporters proved over the last year that they have the mentality of children. Purposeful disruption of the inauguration is nothing more than their level of childishness. He will be president regardless of the disruption so what is actually gained?

        Would it not be better to fight a battle that actually stands a chance of bringing about the downfall of Trump? Would it not be better to fight battles which actually stand a chance of proving that Trump’s supporters were absolutely wrong in their choice?

        If this disruption goes as planned all that will be accomplished will be a recorded record for the world to see how much whining and crying we are capable of because it just isn’t fair (this is exactly how it will be spun, sold and viewed).

  • Jay Silversmith