Washington Post reporter and CNN contributor Wesley Lowery on Friday defended rioting protesters at President Trump’s inauguration, comparing them to the patriots behind the Boston Tea Party.
Lowery was responding to Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire McCaskillFive takeaways from the Georgia special election Picking 2018 candidates pits McConnell vs. GOP groups Potential McCaskill challenger has .7M: report MORE (D-Mo.), who criticized protesters in a tweet shortly after the inauguration.
“Nothing is more unAmerican than protesters who are not peaceful. Disgusting,” McCaskill tweeted.
In response, Lowery wrote: “The participants in the Boston Tea Party would likely beg to differ.”
Nothing is more unAmerican than protesters who are not peaceful. Disgusting.— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) January 20, 2017
The participants in the Boston Tea Party would likely beg to differ https://t.co/DsxII9elS9— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) January 20, 2017
Rioters had smashed windows and blocked traffic when Lowery tweeted. There were already more than 95 arrests by 2 p.m. Friday, according to RTV-6 Indiana.
Rioters went on to vandalize several cars and set a limousine on fire. Hundreds ended up arrested and charged with rioting, and six police officers were injured.
On Friday during and after President Donald TrumpDonald TrumpFrench election: Le Pen, Macron ahead in early results Trump: Government 'involves heart,' unlike business Issa dodges when asked if he wants Trump to campaign alongside him MORE's inauguration, hundreds were arrested and charged with rioting and six police officers injured in Washington, D.C..
Rioters also vandalized several cars, set a limousine on fire and smashed windows to multiple businesses.
Lowery added in a later tweet that the "a lot of protest live coverage is journalistically useless."
Lowery, who has been with the Washington Post since 2014, was signed by CNN this week to provide political analysis on-air.