At least 217 people were arrested in the chaos yesterday after black-clad masked activists rioted against Mr Trump’s swearing into the White House following his inauguration in Washington.
While hordes of people flocked to the Mall to watch their new leader swear an oath on the Bible, thousands of others clashed with police in violent riots just years away from the White House.
Rocks were thrown at officers in riot gear, who responded in turn by blasting protestors with volleys of tear gas and stun grenades.
Multiple vehicles were set alight include a limousine, while one gang dragged a string of rubbish bins into the road and set them on fire – before burning a red cap bearing Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ slogan.
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At least 217 people were arrested in the chaos yesterday
Protestors burned flags in the streets and set fire to cars
The inauguration also sparked violent protests across the globe, with demonstrators burning an effigy of Donald Trump in Bristol – bringing the city to a stand-still.
While in London, protestors clashed with pro-Trump supporters on Oxford Street following an unofficial demonstration outside the US embassy.
And in Edinburgh, campaigners carried placards bearing a variety of messages including “No to racism, no to Trump” and “Unite Against Hatred” in a show of solidarity against the new president.
PROTESTS at Trump's Inauguration Day
Fri, January 20, 2017
Protestors were chased through the streets of Washington as violent scenes broke out close to the Donald Trump inauguration in Washington.
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Police and demonstrators clash in downtown Washington after a limo was set on fire.
Congrats to the rioters for destroying property, bringing nobody to your side and strengthening your opponents all in one shot.
Tweet which Nigel Farage shared to his followers
But Nigel Farage, who was in Washington with his ‘Bad Boys of Brexit’ to celebrate President Trump’s inauguration, joined thousands saying the violent and aggressive acts have only served to turn everyone against them.
The former UKIP leader retweeted a post from Dave Rubin, of the Rubin Report, which said: “Congrats to the rioters for destroying property, bringing nobody to your side and strengthening your opponents all in one shot. Bravo!”
Hundreds of people have taken to social media to hit out over the protests, calling demonstrators “pathetic”.
Police hit back with tear guns and stun grenades
Twitter user Gagaoula said: “Why the f*** did the anti-Trump protestors damage local businesses and shops??? How the f*** will that help?”
Liz Ryan said: “To the Trump protestors. He got in. Get over it. Liz.”
Jake Wood added: “All the protestors against Trump still can't accept that he won a democratic election that happened 3 months ago. #sorelosers #TrumpPOTUS.”
Hundreds of protests went ahead across the globe
Nigel Farage praised the ceremony and Donald Trump’s speech
Tom Lawrence tweeted: “Trump protestors smashing windows of shops and cafés across Washington is terrible. Achieves nothing.”
Oscar Hardy added: “Anti-Trump protestors are stupid, they'll end up getting hurt or arrested. It's not worth it.”
The comments come after it was revealed Nigel Farage has been hired by Fox News, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch, to provide political analysis on its main news and business channels.
Shortly after the inauguration Farage told Fox Business: “Listening to the speech today, this is a political revolution and it's very exciting."
Donald Trump becomes 45th U.S. PRESIDENT
Fri, January 20, 2017
The inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States will mark the commencement of the four-year term of Donald Trump as President and Mike Pence as Vice President. A public ceremony will be held on Friday, January 20, 2017, on the West Front of the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.
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US President Donald Trump points to the stands as he walks with his wife Melania during the Inaugural Parade.
Mr Farage praised the ceremony and Donald Trump’s speech, tweeting: "A very strong speech by @POTUS. He means it."
While a close ally of the new President, Governor of Mississippi Phil Bryant, claimed the Brexit champion will be appointed as a “close but unofficial adviser” to Mr Trump.
He said: “I think you will see that type of relationship between Nigel Farage and the President where he will turn to Nigel for advice about Great Britain.
"I don’t want to speak for the President but I know that the president has a great deal of trust in Nigel Farage, and I think he is going to turn to him as an adviser and there would be none better."