As the Inauguration ceremonies begin this morning, so do the protests in the streets. Though it is still early, the masses of protesters have begun to grow in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere.

For better or for worse – violent or peaceful – the number of protesters is expected to far outweigh the number of celebratory inauguration attendees. This is especially true of the women’s march event set for the day after the Inauguration, but even on the ceremonial day, the protests are growing quickly.

Already, some protesters have gotten into some trouble by trying to block the entrance to the inauguration venue, while other masked marchers have reportedly smashed windows of buildings in D.C..

No doubt there will be a great amount of misinformation as paid disruptors will be encouraged to cause damage and smear the reputation of the protests. Reporters must be vigilant to ensure that any damages they report in response to the protests are truly from anti-Trump demonstrators rather than right-wingers who are intent on misleading the public.

Below is one example of trouble being caused by reported anti-Trump protesters. We can expect much more as the day goes on.


Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at