At checkpoints around downtown D.C., protesters are clashing with Trump supporters.
Hundreds of protesters linked arms across 3rd St. NW to block the Red Gate entrance to the inauguration shortly after 11:45 a.m.
“You want a wall!” They chanted. “You got it!”
Two Trump supporters tried to push through the crowd, one threatening, “Move or I’ll move you.”
Protester Dineen O’Rourke, 21, Long Island, New York, responded, “I have a right to assemble please don’t push us.”
Among the protesters, were the Crowe family — a father, mother, son and daughter. They had come to D.C. from Maine, Oregon and Massachusetts to protest Trump’s inauguration.
Three of four members of the family linked arms in the blockade of the gate and the fourth was also among the crowd.
“We feel very empowered to be with the people resisting Trump,” said Tom Crowe. “It feels good to make a statement that we don’t agree with him.”
Police hung back and let the protest continue. Most Trump supporters were seeking entrance elsewhere.
But Patrick Maher, 51, who took a 5 a.m. train from New York City this morning to show his support for Donald Trump, was turned away. At 11:45 he was headed home via Union Station.
“I couldn’t get in anywhere,” said Maher.
“They’re babies, they’re children,” he said of the protesters.
Maher said he supports Trump’s policies on secure borders, low taxes, smaller government.
“I’m disappointed I’m not going to see the speech,” said Maher, “but it’s a bit of a party out here, so I’ll make the best of it.”
Another security checkpoint was blocked by protesters at 14th and F Streets NW. They had the intersection to themselves for about an hour before an evangelical activist showed up with a megaphone preaching the word of Jesus.
The protesters, there to call attention to the confrontation over a planned oil pipeline in Black Rock, South Dakota, began to shout at the evangelist, angry that his voice was drowning out their own.
“Go home! Go home!” one demonstrator yelled, as the burly evangelist continued to urge the crowd to repent and embrace Jesus.
Finally, the evangelist , who would only identify himself as Michael, had had it.
“Do not touch me, sir, or I will touch back,” he said, moving to a different section of the crowd.
There, a group of demonstrators pushed into the preacher, one of them tearing his bullhorn out of his backpack.
The bullhorn went crashing to the sidewalk and police came rushing in to stop the confrontation.
“I’m just preaching the word of God and they don’t want to hear it,” Michael said moments later, still catching his breath.
“Go home!” another demonstrator yelled.
— Taylor Hartz, Justin Jouvenal and Antonio Olivo