The Boston Globe reports that hundreds of demonstrators gathered around the White House on Thursday night for what was billed as a “noise demonstration and dance party” to drown out President Donald Trump’s speech accepting the Republican presidential nomination.
Hundreds of protesters gathered in the spot that has become the epicenter of racial justice protests in D.C. since the death of George Floyd: Black Lives Matter Plaza.
Although there were plenty of police on hand during the demonstrations, it was reported as peaceful.
That is, peaceful until the end of President Trump’s speech. Then things turned to violence according to Fox News.
Organizer Justin Johnson thanked the police for letting the band and protesters through a barricade. After a brief cheer from the crowd, he said, “That’s it. That’s all they get.”
“I hope you hear us, Trump,” the leader of the popular local band TOB shouted Thursday night near the site of Trump’s speech, reported Fox23 News.
The band blared Go-Go music, a distinctive D.C. variant on funk, as it moved in the direction of the White House, where Trump delivered his acceptance speech to a crowd of more 1,500 people on the South Lawn.
“The fact is I’m here,” Trump said as part of his acceptance speech in front of the White House. “But I’ll say it differently: We’re here.”
ABC News said, ‘Trump’s speech Thursday night was a long roadmap back to partisan corners. It’s where he’s comfortable; the question now is whether he can take his base and the nation with him.’
As the president began speaking, the crowd began enthusiastically shaking their noisemakers and setting off their own fireworks, reports WUSA9 reporter John Henry for WTOL11.
ShutDownDC and an organization called Purpose Party organized most of the demonstrations outside the White House.
Fox News says that the peaceful demonstration turned violent after the conclusion of the Republican National Convention (RNC).
A brawl ensued between protesters and police, which saw punches thrown.’ The video below comes from RawsMedia.
The article mentioned that, ‘At least one protester was seen grabbing an officer’s bike while another held up a Black Lives Matter sign in the face of a member of law enforcement — as the crowd advanced, according to a video.
Video on social media also appeared to show a crowd chasing and jeering Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky, who was escorted by D.C. police as he returned to his hotel. An officer was captured on video being shoved by a protester and was nearly knocked over. Paul appeared to help steady the officer.
Rand and his family were unharmed, but he did thank the police for “saving him after being attacked by a “crazed mob”.