Photos: The Informer Hits DC to Witness the Dawn of Trump’s America

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Last week, the Informer road-tripped to Washington DC for the inauguration of America’s new Dark Lord, Donald J. Trump. Here’s our first of several dispatches.

A Donald Trump trailer traverses downtown DC on the eve of Inauguration Day. Photo: Gavin Aronsen/Iowa Informer
A Donald Trump trailer traverses downtown DC on the eve of Inauguration Day. Photo: Gavin Aronsen/Iowa Informer
The Bistro Bar, near an inaugural gate to the National Mall, which tried to cash in on the occasion by selling shirts and other souvenirs for both Donald Trump supporters and protesters.
The Bistro Bar, near an inaugural gate to the National Mall, which tried to cash in on the occasion by selling shirts and other souvenirs for both Donald Trump supporters and protesters.
Police keep watch as protesters, including four Black Lives Matter activists locked together by the neck, attempt to blockade a gate to the National Mall on Friday. Photo: Gavin Aronsen/Iowa Informer
Police keep watch as protesters, including four Future Is Feminist activists locked together by the neck, attempt to blockade a gate to the National Mall on Friday. Photo: Gavin Aronsen/Iowa Informer
A Satanist walks toward a Jumbotron televising Trump's inaugural address near the Washington Monument as others climb trees for a better vantage point. Photo: Gavin Aronsen/Iowa Informer
A Satanist walks toward a Jumbotron televising Trump’s inaugural address near the Washington Monument as others climb trees for a better vantage point. Photo: Gavin Aronsen/Iowa Informer
Trump supporters watch the inauguration. Photo: Gavin Aronsen/Iowa Informer
Trump supporters watch the inauguration. Photo: Gavin Aronsen/Iowa Informer
"It's time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget, that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots," Trump said in an inaugural address heavy on nationalistic themes. Photo: Gavin Aronsen/Iowa Informer
“It’s time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget, that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots,” Trump said in an inaugural address heavy on nationalistic themes. Photo: Gavin Aronsen/Iowa Informer
Anti-Trumpers prepare signs at McPherson Square for afternoon protests. Photo: Gavin Aronsen/Iowa Informer
Anti-Trumpers prepare signs at McPherson Square for afternoon protests. Photo: Gavin Aronsen/Iowa Informer
Climate change was a common topic for signs protesting Trump, who has said global warming is a Chinese hoax and nominated climate denier Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Photo: Gavin Aronsen/Iowa Informer
Climate change was a common topic for signs protesting Trump, who has said global warming is a Chinese hoax and nominated climate denier Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Photo: Gavin Aronsen/Iowa Informer
Protesters gather around (and on top of) a vandalized limousine near the office of the Washington Post that was later set on fire Friday. Photo: Gavin Aronsen/Iowa Informer
Protesters gather around (and on top of) a vandalized limousine near the office of the Washington Post that was later set on fire Friday. Photo: Gavin Aronsen/Iowa Informer
Riot police stand by in downtown DC on the night of Inauguration Day as scattered protests continue. Photo: Gavin Aronsen/Iowa Informer
Riot police stand by in downtown DC on the night of Inauguration Day as scattered protests continue. Photo: Gavin Aronsen/Iowa Informer
Anarchist performance artist Vermin Supreme taunts Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera as he enters Warner Theatre Thursday night for the Heroes Ball, a sparsely attended event featuring Poison singer Bret Michaels, one of the few musicians willing to perform at a Trump inaugural event. Photo: Gavin Aronsen/Iowa Informer
Anarchist performance artist Vermin Supreme taunts Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera as he enters Warner Theatre Thursday night for the Heroes Ball, a sparsely attended event featuring Poison singer Bret Michaels, one of the few musicians willing to perform at a Trump inaugural event. Photo: Gavin Aronsen/Iowa Informer
A dog sports a pink balloon in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington. Photo: Gavin Aronsen/Iowa Informer
A dog sports a pink balloon in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington. Photo: Gavin Aronsen/Iowa Informer
Demonstrators wear pussy hats to protest Trump Saturday near the National Mall during the Women's March on Washington, whose turnout greatly exceeded that of Friday's inauguration. Photo: Gavin Aronsen/Iowa Informer
Demonstrators wear pussy hats to protest Trump Saturday near the National Mall during the Women’s March on Washington, whose turnout greatly exceeded that of Friday’s inauguration. Photo: Gavin Aronsen/Iowa Informer
With chants of "¡a, anti, anticapitalista!" protesters celebrate outside the H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse as their friends are arraigned and released. The most common request of the newly arraigned: a cigarette. Photo: Gavin Aronsen/Iowa Informer
With chants of “¡a, anti, anticapitalista!” protesters celebrate outside the H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse as their friends are arraigned and released. The most common request of the newly arraigned: a cigarette. Photo: Gavin Aronsen/Iowa Informer
Protesters continue to wait Saturday night for comrades swept up in mass arrests the previous day to be arraigned and released. All told, about 230 people were arrested during Inauguration Day protests, including journalists, legal observers, and activist medics. Most were charged with felony rioting. Photo: Gavin Aronsen/Iowa Informer
Protesters continue to wait Saturday night for comrades swept up in mass arrests the previous day to be arraigned and released. All told, about 230 people were arrested during Inauguration Day protests, including journalists, legal observers, and activist medics. Most were charged with felony rioting. Photo: Gavin Aronsen/Iowa Informer
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Gavin Aronsen is an editor and reporter for and founding member of the Iowa Informer. He previously worked as a city reporter for the Ames Tribune, research assistant to investigative journalist Wayne Barrett at the Village Voice, and in various roles at Mother Jones, where his work contributed to a National Magazine Award nomination for the magazine's digital media coverage of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Email: garonsen [at] iowainformer [dot] com.