Peaceful protest is not just a tradition in America, it is a right guaranteed by the Constitution. People have the right to assemble peacefully to support or oppose the government and to advocate for their positions. This is all obvious. Equally obvious is the fact that when demonstrations turn violent, law enforcement has the right to arrest the perpetrators of that violence.
The candidacy and the presidency of Donald Trump have been marked by an unusually high number of demonstrations. While some of these have been peaceful, others have not. In fact, we have observed that there are individuals and groups willing to finance protestors. In other words, not everyone present at a demonstration against President Trump is there solely to express their own principles — some got paid to be there.
More on this on page two.