Make America Riot Again?

A parked limousine burns, a brick flies through a store’s window, police use pepper spray and stun grenparked-limousine-burnsades in a melee on the street; This is the scene in Washington, D.C., just two months and twelve days after the demoralizing defeat of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the Presidential Election, as Donald Trump is being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on Friday and control of the White House is being effectively returned to the Republicans after eight long years. Of the 200+ people who were arrested for their roles in the protests, most are going to be charged with felony rioting according to Federal prosecutors, which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison bricks-riot-squadand a fine of up to $250,000. This punishment may seem extreme for setting a limousine on fire and vandalizing a couple of buildings, right? However, that is not the extent of the violent demonstrations. Protesters were armed with crowbars, bricks, and other objects to throw at people (both civilian and law enforcement) and businesses, which ultimately led to the destruction of multiple storefronts and vehicles. In total, six police officers were left with minor injuries and riot shields still could not prevent three of them from being hit in the head with flying objects. Although getting convictions from a D.C. jury will vandalism-impeachcertainly be difficult, the possibility of spending ten years in a federal penitentiary and the thousands of dollars needed to secure counsel will hopefully serve to deter any other irrational activists from partaking in senseless riots. We live in the United States of America, it is perfectly okay to disagree with the President’s methods, want him to be impeached, or even hate the man, but it is not okahe-is-ur-presidenty to start riots that will undoubtedly accomplish nothing. Inauguration Day is supposed to celebrate the American tradition of a peaceful transition of power, but for some it only served as a wake-up call that all the whining in the world cannot and will not change the fact that Donald Trump is your President.

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