Two Americas clash on Inauguration Day (PHOTOS)
For liberals, President Donald Trump is a harbinger of the decline of the Republic, and their wrath was evident. For conservatives, he augurs a return to American pride, growth and optimism. Both were captured pictorially during the inauguration.
It's a stark image for a car-driving nation. A limousine parked on 13th Street NW, three blocks from the inaugural parade route, set upon by activists. With windows smashed, it was sprayed with graffiti with the circle-A anarchist symbol and "We the People," in gold paint and set on fire.
The presidential state car, meanwhile, made its way along Pennsylvania Avenue.
HISTORIC MOMENT: President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump got out of their limo and walked part of the inaugural parade route pic.twitter.com/7zdoI4ZiHP— DeplorableLeft #MAGA (@Deplorable_Left) January 20, 2017
Anti-Trump protesters took to the streets.
While Trump supporters went to the Mall.
And as the new First Family saluted the crowd along the inaugural parade route...
Protesters cast their own salutes of raised fists in solidarity.
"My grandmother is 96 yrs old & she might die not knowing if everything she sacrificed for was worth it."— AJ+ (@ajplus) January 20, 2017
-Racquelia Kilby, pictured left pic.twitter.com/HTz9eINKai
The national capital's commercial property received activists' attention.
Not your average Friday in DC pic.twitter.com/4Q7Cm7CPoJ— Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) January 20, 2017
While the nation's Capitol building was covered with American flags.
Surprise punches landed on the chin of white nationalist leader Richard Spencer.
While pepper spray was used against protesters as an order for the crowd to disperse was issued by DC's Metropolitan Police.