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‘Much smaller crowd than anticipated’: Trump praises police as DC protests stay trouble-free

“Much smaller crowd… than anticipated,” Trump tweeted around 10 pm local time, giving credit for that to the National Guard, Secret Service and DC police.

He also made a dig at hostile cable channels CNN and MSNBC, accusing them of trying to incite the crowd to riot, but adding that very few people were watching.

Reporters on the ground outside the White House described the atmosphere as a “celebration” or a “block party” that feels like Independence Day festivities not due for another month.

Activists painted “DEFUND THE POLICE” across the street near the White House, to go along with “BLACK LIVES MATTER” that DC city officials painted the day before. [see: header image].

The situation certainly seemed drastically different than last weekend, when demonstrators set fire to a US Park Service building in Lafayette Park, just north of the White House, and damaged the nearby St. John’s Episcopalian Church.

Source: RT