Presidential inaugurations are historic events. They also represent the American tradition of peaceful power transfers that dates all the way back to when George Washington passed the baton to John Adams.
Sadly, if liberals have their way, that 220-year tradition is going to come to an end in 2017. Almost all inaugurations have some form of protesters present, but one liberal group wants to take their protests a step further. If successful, their protests could cause complete gridlock in the Washington D.C. area, not just for those looking to attend the event, but for people just trying to go about their daily lives. From Fox News:
An anti-Donald Trump group is planning massive disruptions for next week’s inauguration covering everything from “blockades” at security checkpoints to a “dance party” outside VP-elect Mike Pence’s house, according to group leaders as well as newly obtained audio of their apparent plans.
The organization #DisruptJ20 already announced at a press conference Thursday its various plans to wreak havoc at Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration and in the days leading up to it.
A conservative group also shared with FoxNews.com what it said was audio from a Jan. 8 #DisruptJ20 meeting at a Washington church, giving even greater insight into the group’s planned D.C. “shutdown.”
The audio, recorded by Trevor Loudon with Capital Research Center, purports to show a female member detailing plans to “do everything we can to try and stop people from being able to access the inauguration.”
This begins with what was described as a “pure dance party at Mike Pence’s house” on Jan. 18.
While one can certainly sympathize with protesters using their First Amendment rights, this plan goes well beyond that. Creating gridlock in D.C. not only makes life hard on everyone, but also makes security personnel and first responders’ jobs much more difficult on a day when tens of thousands of people will be gathered to witness a historic event.
Have the organizers of this event considered what might happen if there was a terrorist attack? What about a medical emergency? The hard truth is that these protesters are putting lives at risk for what basically amounts to a publicity stunt.
It’s not hard to imagine what the liberal reaction would be if such an event was planned four or eight years ago. There would certainly be accusations of racism or right-wing terrorism had this gone on in 2009 or 2013. But in 2017, anything is justified so long as Trump is the target. Sadly, innocent people and those who protect them could end up hurt in the crossfire.
Perhaps with advance notice of the event, security and law enforcement personnel may be able to limit the damage this “protest” will do. If not, things could get really messy on inauguration day.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]