Photo by Adam Linehan

On the morning of Jan. 20, as Donald Trump prepared to take the presidential oath, a few dozen national representatives of AMVETS, one of the largest veterans service organization in the country, stood in a loose formation on a narrow road flanking the National Mall in Washington D.C. At their six o’clock, a phalanx of girl scouts in Ferrari-red beanies stood shivering in the cold rain. At their 12, a kilt-adorned bagpipe ensemble warmed up with a playful rendition of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” Together, the three groups represented a small section of the inaugural procession, which had been abruptly halted the moment it began. News of riots up ahead trickled in. “I’m not sure whether to be excited or on guard,” a woman said.   

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