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DC Must Protect Inauguration-Goers From Violent Protests

DC Must Protect Inauguration-Goers From Violent Protests

Police respond as people march in protest against President-elect Donald Trump in Seattle, Washington, on November 14, 2016. (Jason Redmond/AFP/Getty Images)

By Tuesday, 17 January 2017 03:24 PM Current | Bio | Archive

The inauguration will be a learning experience for President Trump in more ways than one. To begin with, he’ll see first hand just how hard it will be to re-establish the rule of law in the United States and he will learn just how deep the "resistance" to his administration extends into government.

My fear is Trump’s inauguration will either be an asymmetrical warfare defeat for security forces or a willing surrender. The homeland security apparatus appears to be preparing to prevent an attack by jihadis when the big threat to the ceremony is an attack by jerks.

The mainstream media who vilified and lied about candidate Trump can now hardly wait to cover Trump inauguration protests it helped generate. The Washington Post is fired up: "Planning for protesters is taking up more bandwidth ahead of the quadrennial festivities in the District than at any time in over a decade."

The focus of security planning should be on people coming to enjoy the inauguration. These citizens should be able to travel to and from the event safely and otherwise undisturbed as they celebrate the victory they worked so hard to produce.

Unfortunately, planning priorities are exactly backwards. I have yet to read a statement by any security functionary, police chief, mayor, congressman or even K-9 dog assuring law-abiding citizens here to witness a peaceful transfer of power that the government will do its best to make sure Trump supporters enjoy the day.

The sentiment seems to be: What did you expect? We voted for Hillary.

Instead the public focus is on assuring people whose goal is to detract from the day that D.C. will do its best to accommodate their wishes.

D.C. Homeland Security Director Chris Geldart didn’t even wait to be asked before he assured the angry, "To anticipate questions about potential protester demonstrations, our goal is always to make sure that people can come, express their rights peacefully and lawfully, regardless of subject matter, and ensure everybody returns home safely at the end of the day."

And in a jaw-dropping display of misplaced priorities D.C.’s acting Police Chief Peter Newsham soothed, "Our No. 1 goal is to facilitate these First Amendment assemblies. That's what Washington, D.C., is all about. And whether that be holding a sign or yelling, whatever you feel comfortable in doing it as long as it's not illegal."

No chief, your goal should be to make sure the Trump inauguration goes off without disruption.

Cooperative inaugural attendees, who docilely submit to confiscatory tourism taxes on every purchase of food and shelter in D.C., will find their willingness to pay and play by the rules doesn’t matter in a city where Trump got 4 percent of the vote.

Their enjoyment of the day is entirely at the mercy of how police define "peaceful" and "non-violent."

If Newsham’s "First Amendment assemblies" are content to confine themselves to protesting and pouting, chances are Trump supporters will have a fine, once-in-a-lifetime day. But if Newsham defines "peaceful protest" as a day when none of the disruptors sets off a bomb or immolates a police officer then it’s going to be a long day for Trump supporters.

"Peaceful" should mean any protest does not interfere with the rights of people attending the inauguration. Any other interpretation makes a mockery of the word and the rule of law.

The plans of DisruptJ20, one of the prominent protesting groups, are anything but "peaceful" or "non–violent." Its goal is "…to paralyze the city itself, using blockades and marches to stop traffic and even public transit."

Preventing someone from engaging in a lawful activity is not "peaceful," in fact it is a breach of the peace.

A few protestors faking illness are more than enough to shut down a Metro train and the line on which it runs. Fewer than 100 anarchists can lock arms and block a security checkpoint, preventing attendees from entering the inauguration grounds.

Police response to this type of disruption should be swift and sure. Delay is defeat for Trump supporters wanting to attend the ceremony. If these vengeful attacks are not broken up in a matter of seconds, it will be just another indication of the permanent big government establishment’s desire to make sure Trump fails, starting with his first day in office.

If these anti-democratic insurgents succeed in disrupting the inauguration the new Trump administration might want to investigate the entire infrastructure of churches, "non-profits," foundations, and unions that gave aid and comfort to a conspiracy whose only goal was ruining the inauguration for people whose only offense was voting for Trump.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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