Opponents to Donald Trump’s presidency are planning large-scale demonstrations in the nation’s capital in January when the Republican president-elect is sworn in on Inauguration Day, with police apparently expecting tens-of-thousands of protesters.
Trump’s surprise win Tuesday over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton has already sparked smaller protests across the county. However, demonstrations being planned for Inauguration Day weekend, which includes the Jan. 20 swearing-in on Capitol Hill, have the potential to be much larger.
One protest is being organized by the group ANSWER, for Act Now to Stop War & End Racism.
The group’s Facebook page announcing its “Protest at the Inauguration: Stand Against Trump, War, Racism and Inequality” event on Saturday showed that nearly 7,000 people have already committed to attending and 24,000 more have expressing interest in the event.
A Metropolitan Police Department officer said Friday that officers have already been briefed about the proposed demonstration and to prepare for at least 30,000 protesters.
An MPD spokesman on Saturday declined to discuss the matter, saying the agency doesn’t talk about “deploying resources.”
He also suggested that the event was too far off to provide specifics but added the agency will “plan accordingly.”
And a pro-Clinton group named “RoaRR 4 Hillary” is planning a “Million Women March” on Jan. 21.
ANSWER, started roughly 15 years ago, after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, and has the potential to attract hundreds of thousands of protesters. READ MORE