Despite desperate calls for Trump’s assassination in the lead-up the Inauguration, the event went smoothly on Friday. Expectations of mass protests proved largely unfounded, as participants seemed few in number and definitively lacking in motivation. Clashes with police took place and fires were ignited, a limo was in flames at one point and shop windows in various districts of Washington D.C. were shattered. Ultimately the day was symbolized by a good Samaritan Trump supporter who extinguished the flames.
Meanwhile, anti Trump protesters were epitomized by a group of “atheist Satanists” who appeared remarkably lackadaisical as they marched in DC after the inauguration. As of the time of this writing 217 protesters had been arrested by DC police while six officers were injured by protesters. More protests including the Women’s March are scheduled to take place tomorrow, which should see increased enthusiasm in mostly dispirited groups in the streets today.
Popular pro-Trump subreddit r/the_donald was also defaced later in the day when a moderator account appeared to have been hacked, altering the site’s CSS to display hardcore pornography featuring animals. Although the source of the hack remains unknown at this time, it appears to related to general anger among anti-Trump elements that President Trump was safely and calmly inaugurated. The hack follows shocking media references alluding to assassination attempts.