Over 10,000 people flooded the streets of DC as they chanted and proclaimed their displeasure to a Trump presidency.
It was expected that there would be riots and the police were armed. Peaceful demonstrations are legal, and no one can stop anyone from carrying them out.
"We have been pointing out all along that this is a very isolated incident, and by and large, everything is going peacefully, and a lot of folks have come to the city to enjoy this historic day, not only the Capitol but walking all around the city," said a protestor to CNN.
But so often in such a touchy affair such as the swearing in of a president with the lowest approval rate at the moment of swearing in like Trump emotion is bound to catch up with people.
That is exactly what happened as people burned Trump mascots and dolls as they chanted angrily. Others resorted to destruction of property as videos show people smashing public goods and vehicles in the streets.
"I think Donald Trump is a fascist, and it's very easy for people, especially individuals who are in pain, to slip into fascism," Said another protestor. "It's easy for people to feel like the individual has no power and that you're just one small little ant in the big hill, so ultimately all that matters is popular resistance."
The protestors argued that the only good thing that has come from the election is that people of all races and genders have united, even if it is to protest, it has brought people together.