Protesters block highway between DC, Virginia during Independence Day demonstration: Report

What was once the most celebrated holiday in the nation has now turned into a day of protesting America’s very existence.

Need proof? Look no further than the Black Lives Matter-linked protests that, according to the Daily Caller, shut down a highway “between Washington, D.C. and Virginia” on Saturday.

A different kind of Independence Day

Protests against the government have long been a proud American practice — but these most recent protests have been anything but peaceful.

According to the Daily Caller, the streets of Washington were littered with American flags on Saturday that were trampled on by protesters — and one was later set on a fire.

Take a look at video of the incident shared by the Daily Caller:

According to the Daily Caller, other protesters got into what one reporter described as a “screaming match” with apparent supporters of President Donald Trump. Watch below:

The fight for justice

Americans’ struggle to come together in the wake of the death of 46-year-old George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police has only compounded after weeks of protests that have, in many cases, turned violent.

Protesters have attacked federal buildings and destroyed government monuments in the name of combating police brutality and alleged systemic racism. Thankfully, the White House and its allies aren’t willing to take the abuse sitting down.

Case in point: in an interview late last month, Attorney General Bill Barr vowed that Justice Department task forces were “starting to go full bore, cranking out investigations, indictments against the people who are involved in this violence,” adding that the department already had “about 500 investigations underway,” according to the Washington Examiner.

President Donald Trump, for his part, has expressed a similar sentiment. “I have authorized the Federal Government to arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue, or other such Federal property in the U.S. with up to 10 years in prison,” the president wrote in a tweet in late June. “There will be no exceptions!”

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