Donald Trump will give his speech at the White House shortly…
Rev Al’s March on Washington will go on tomorrow….
Early arrivals for the March have been out this evening on the streets of Washington DC….
Some have encountered Trump supporters and have had to have police step in….
The demonstrations began quietly with a few dozen people and a sparse law enforcement presence in the early evening. But as 9 p.m. approached, tensions flared between the growing ranks of vocal protesters and a handful of Trump supporters. Police moved in to separate the sides, sparking tension between officers and protesters.
Earlier a group of about two dozen people gathered outside the boarded up Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute to meditate on yoga mats with their shoes off, bottles of water nearby and a steady stream of drum beats and anti-Trump chants leaving the instructor struggling to be heard.
Included among the protesters at the plaza was a group of young adults — many carrying orange and black signs reading “Trump/Pence OUT NOW!” — who had arrived the night before from Portland, where they said they were involved in the often-violent protests there.
“We have been tear gassed probably like 67 times,” said Precious, 26, who declined to give her last name.
The group danced to the beat of snare drums and chanted.
Nearby, a man with a bike trailer warning of an arriving “Judgement Day,” counseled the arriving crowd over a loudspeaker.
“We’ve got to pace ourselves!” he shouted. “Pace ourselves!”
By 7:30, there were several hundred protesters including people who traveled for the Friday March on Washington but wanted to send another message to Trump before his nomination speech from the South Lawn….
image….Matt McClain/The Washington Post
Several people who attended Trump’s WH acceptance speech where met by protestors afterwards…
“What I didn’t like, you saw this, right, when it was over?” Trump said. “The thugs outside, because the Democratic mayor of Washington, D.C., it’s another Democrat that’s not believing inn law and order. And you know we give Washington, D.C., a lot of money to run it, but they don’t do a good job of running it, the mayor. She doesn’t run anything.”
Trump specifically mentioned Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who was surrounded by protesters Thursday night when departing the White House following Trump’s address and needed to be escorted by police.
“These incredible people from all over the country, all over the world last night, they walked out to a bunch of thugs. And that wasn’t — remember this — that wasn’t friendly protesters, they were thugs. They were thugs,” Trump continued….