Chants, marching and music in D.C. as demonstrators protest Trump speech
Hundreds of protesters chanted, marched and played music near the White House on Thursday as Trump spoke on the final night of the Republican National Convention — a loud and often raucous rejoinder to a leader they say has divided the country and supported racist policies and practices.
The protest continued long after the speech ended and later turned physical at times. A group of demonstrators shouted at supporters of the president as they left the White House, including Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who had to be escorted to a nearby hotel by police. Officers sprayed a chemical irritant at the protesters.
Paul was confronted at the corner of 14th and F streets NW, with protesters shouting, “Say her name — Breonna Taylor!” and “You are a degenerate!” At one point, Paul almost fell as a police officer collided into him after a protester appeared to collide with the officer. Police whisked Paul into the hotel, and the group of protesters who had been following him dispersed.
By Antonio Olivo, Fenit Nirappil, Justin Wm. Moyer and Joe Heim