The protester who blasted President Barack Obama and the Democratic party from a tree throughout Monday’s ceremonies was taken into custody, U.S. Capitol Police confirmed.
The man came down a few minutes after the inauguration ended amid chants of “Go to jail” from fuming crowd members. Officers were unable to arrest the man before the official proceedings because he had shimmied to the top branches and their ladders could not reach him.
The man held an anti-abortion sign and clung to branches yelling, “Obama is the anti-Christ,” “Democrats are baby-killers,” and “Homosexuality is sin” nonstop for hours. He said God would judge Obama and the nation by sending earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados, tsunamis and plagues.
On-lookers from the Mall walked by to snap pictures or point and stare, while others mocked him and chanted “shake the tree.”