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At least a few Trump protesters and supporters are trying to find common ground


At least a few Trump protesters and supporters are trying to find common ground

Watch | Even amid violent clashes on the streets of Washington D.C. on Inauguration Day, some Trump supporters and protesters tried to understand each other. 

A tense environment

In some areas of the city, anti-Trump protesters violently smashed windows and attempted to blockade the streets. In others, Trump supporters yelled obscenities at peaceful protesters as they walked past.

Clearly, the nation's stark divide was on full display on Inauguration Day. But in a two-block span along the Inaugural parade route on Pennsylvania Avenue on Friday, more than a few pro- and anti-Trump demonstrators came together to talk it out -- civilly. 


WATCH | Some protestors chanted "Black lives matter here."

Parade protest

The discussions came at an anti-Trump protest held by the ANSWER Coalition -- a group whose acronym stands for Act Now to Stop War and End Racism.

The protest was held right along the route of the inaugural parade. So naturally, it attracted not just protesters, but inauguration attendees who had come to support the new president.

That could have spelled trouble. But it didn't.

The conversation begins

As groups of Trump supporters walked through the protest, one -- wearing a red Make America Great Again hat -- stopped to talk to 30-year-old Victoria Bennett, who was participating in the protest. He wanted to know why Bennett and other protesters were accusing Trump of being racist.

"He said, Trump is not racist," Bennett recalled. "So I pulled out my cell phone and started to pull out excerpts. I wanted it to be based on facts. We went back and forth about what Trump has actually said."

'An amazing conversation'

"It was an amazing conversation," Bennett said, saying it ultimately lasted about 45 minutes. "We talked about minimum wage, immigration, Black Lives Matter -- everything."

"He had some interesting ideas, some things I wanna look up," she continued. " I hope I gave him some of the same."

Bonding over shared disdain

It wasn't the only civil conversation of the day. Next to Bennett at the protest, a group of three Trump supporters and two protesters were laughing, talking about the dreary weather.

Two blocks down, Trump supporters and protesters joked over their shared disdain for the notoriously hateful Westboro Baptist Church, whose members were demonstrating in a caged-off area. 


"Of course we chatted with Trump protesters," Zachary Holm, a Trump supporter from Pennsylvania, told Circa. "You don't get anywhere by yelling at people. "

'We have to have a dialogue'

At the ANSWER Coalition protest, Bennett agreed.

"We have to do this," she said. "We have to have dialogue between people who have different ideas."

"I think most of us have the hope of the same end goal. It's how we get there that differs. So I think that these are neccesary conversations."

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