Arrests made after Fourth of July flag-burning outside the White House
Two protesters were arrested and a pair of U.S. Secret Service officers received minor injuries in front of the White House on the Fourth of July after an American flag was set on fire ahead of President Trump’s “Salute to America” celebration, the agency says.
USA Today reported that a group calling themselves the Revolutionary Communist Party burned the flag and posted video showing protesters pushing and shoving each other after the flames died down.
Washington Examiner reporter Steven Nelson shared footage of the burning on Twitter and reported that a veteran grabbed the flag while it was still on fire.
Footage of White House flag burning ahead of Trump’s #SaluteToAmerica
— Steven Nelson (@stevennelson10) July 4, 2019
A group of protesters linked arms after the flag burning and chanted “America was never great” in the video, a reference to Trump’s 2016 presidential slogan “Make America Great Again.”
The National Mall was crowded with both supporters of the president and his critics Thursday. Many were seen wearing their own “Make America Great Again” gear, but groups also brought signs criticizing the president with slogans like “Impeach Trump” and “She’s not my type,” a reference to Trump’s denial of sexual assault allegations last week.
—Updated at 7:26 p.m.