When you play with fire, you’re gonna get burned.
That’s what anti-Trump rioters discovered when they were pepper-sprayed by police for disrupting the DeploraBall inauguration party Thursday night.
A motley crew of disheveled protesters gathered outside the National Press Club, where the DeploraBall was held, to harass partygoers, set random fires and vandalize public sidewalks and streets.
Heavy security here at Deploraball. Lots of protesters outside. pic.twitter.com/Q004IVs1kL
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) January 20, 2017
— Alexander Rubinstein (@AlexR_DC) January 20, 2017
Rioters claimed they were protesting the “racists,” “neo-Nazis” and “fascists” attending the pro-Trump celebration gala. It’s likely some of the “protesters” were paid operatives, but the damage inflicted they did was real.
Some lit fires and threw eggs, while others threw bottles at the back of partygoers’ heads. Still, others started fistfights while shouting, “Screw our president!” (They’re too stupid or too stoned to realize that Obama is “our president” until January 20 at noon ET.)
The situation got so out of hand that Washington, D.C. police fired pepper spray into the crowd to disburse the anarchy, TMZ reported.
Photos posted to social media showed police clashing with hundreds of protesters, some of whom proudly called themselves anarchists.
One man claimed his head got bloodied and busted after a rioter threw something at the back of his head.
More than 1,000 guests attended the DeploraBall on the eve of Donald Trump’s swearing-in.
Sadly, many were harassed or chased down the street by protesters in disturbing videos posted on Twitter.
— Ellison Barber (@ellisonbarber) January 20, 2017
One reporter said the tolerant leftist protesters threw bottles at partygoers and shouted “Nazi scum!” at them as they walked by.
People leaving Deploraball have water bottles thrown at them and followed by people shouting "Nazi Scum." pic.twitter.com/x2SLvDeq8h
— Hailey Branson-Potts (@haileybranson) January 20, 2017
A small fire was lit in the center of F street as protestors began playing music including the Beastie Boys "Sabotage" pic.twitter.com/uTejivYn6q
— Clarence Williams (@nu1wcf) January 20, 2017
Lacy MacAuley, lead organizer of the protest and a rep for the anarchist group DisruptJ20, lit American flags on fire. “And, we are dancing!” she bragged.
— Lacy MacAuley (@lacymacauley) January 20, 2017
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