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For Two Days Straight, Love Trumped Hate

A vastly divided America showed its true colors.

President Trump's inauguration was supposed to be a soft, sensual day. That couldn't have been further from how it played out.

Trump supporters were met head-on with protesters, many of whom had planned on marching the following day as well. But reports of havoc undercut a more pedestrian observation.

Being that there was no specific protest area, both pro- and anti-Trump groups were corralled into the same entrance, walled off where the road met the sidewalk. Like across America, few engaged with the other side. The once-hidden Trump voters stood proud, eager to defend their guy in the waning grace period between winning the election and taking office. "Give Trump a chance," had been their echoing cry for months now, as if his divisive campaign rhetoric and empty promises to his base had meant nothing.

But they were outnumbered, across America and in Washington, where half a million came to protest Trump.

Sporting American flag patterns and Trump's infamous red caps, the supporters were easy to spot. The protesters, on the other hand, wore pink "pussyhats." Some sold Hillary Clinton buttons, while Obama gear was also in high demand. Ironically, Trump gear was not. By 2pm, vendors began packing up. Many of the souvenirs would go back to New York, not far from Trump's weekly second home.

Between the election and January, midtown Manhattan had become flooded with Trump caps, shirts and even chocolate, despite less than 20 percent of the borough supporting him.

The next day, as the Women's March approached New York's Trump Tower, one supporter stood watching the feminist spectacle from across the street. "Re-elect Trump 2020" his shirt read; a necessary reminder for marchers to bring the same enthusiasm to the polls. 

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Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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