For about two hours, Bikers for Trump blared twangy southern rock from a stage near Judiciary Square, showing support for the new president as participants in the Women’s March made their way back home from the Mall.
Only a few dozen people hung around the area for the event. Among them were several anti-Trump activists who waved signs and danced gleefully, encouraging Trump backers to join them, but to no avail.
“Y’all ain’t partying, and this is your celebration,” said Brittni Smith, 23, a nurse from Miami who wore one button depicting Trump as a clown and another that said “Black Lives Matter.”
Asked whether her goal was to antagonize Trump supporters, she said actually wanted to show unity.
“We’re together, we’re all people, and we can all get along,” Smith said.
Bernadette Luke, 43, an administrator for the pro-Trump group, had similar thoughts in mind.
“We don’t mind protesters,” she said. “Everyone is entitled to that. We’re here to unite people.”
Luke said her group allowed an anti-Trump demonstrator to take the stage and speak his mind earlier that day.
“We’re here celebrating the First Amendment,” she said.