Dem senator: Violent inauguration protesters ‘disgusting’

Dem senator: Violent inauguration protesters ‘disgusting’

Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillTrump mocked for low attendance at rally Missouri county issues travel advisory for Lake of the Ozarks after Memorial Day parties Senate faces protracted floor fight over judges amid pandemic safety concerns MORE (D-Mo.) says she is appalled by protesters responding destructively to President Trump’s inauguration Friday.

McCaskill tweeted shortly after Washington, D.C., police announced that they had arrested "numerous" people for destructively protesting against Trump.

“Nothing is more un-American than protesters who are not peaceful – disgusting,” tweeted McCaskill, who backed 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCarville repeats prediction that Trump will drop out of race What's behind Trump's slump? Americans are exhausted, for one thing Trump campaign reserves air time in New Mexico MORE over Trump.

“I understand the angst out there today for all of you throwing stuff at me,” she added. "Sorry, but I believe peaceful protest is always the right way.”

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McCaskill also said violent protests run counter to the teachings of civil rights leaders, adding they discredit peaceful demonstrations as well.

“MLK and John Lewis were and are the role models for peaceful protest,” she wrote, referring to Martin Luther King Jr. and the Democratic representative from Georgia who recently said Trump was not a "legitimate" president, respectively. "But the small group will get all the attention – sigh."

Authorities told The Associated Press that those arrested were charged with rioting following incidents involving a group of about 100 people.

The demonstrators damaged vehicles, destroyed property and set small fires while armed with crowbars and hammers, officials added.

McCaskill is facing reelection in Missouri in 2018, a state Trump won by about 19 points over Clinton.

Trump took the oath of office Friday, making him America’s 45th president after a bitter White House race.

“We are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people,” Trump said on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. "From this moment on, it’s going to be America first. I will fight for you with every breath in my body, and I will never, ever let you down.”

The unrest in D.C. was not the only tension nationwide, with spirited anti-Trump protests also erupting in cities ranging from New York City to San Francisco.