A rally in support of President Trump had barely begun at the Capitol on Saturday before opposing protesters crossed Broadway to a police line. Officers knew they were coming; there were more than 30 on hand at the morning’s start.
Trump-supporting protesters lined the top of the hill to shout in return. Denver police officers and state troopers managed to keep both sides separated.
Pro-Trump supporters were heard yelling, “Get out of our country!”
One person was heard saying, “They’re protesting democracy.”
The anti-Trump group were largely concealed behind black hoods and masks. They self-identified as “anarchists.”
This group yelled in coordinated chants: “No Trump, no Pence, community self-defense,” and “immigrants are welcome here.”
Many of the pro-Trump ralliers stayed close to the Capitol steps to listen to speakers’ addresses. These people filed peacefully out when the rally was over, but the smaller group who edged toward the police line stayed put until they were told by police to leave. The anarchist protesters stayed chanting after their opponents had left.