Girl Scouts Taking Heat for Marching in Trump's Inaugural Parade

Playing America Divided: Online Petition Protests Girl Scouts' Inauguration Involvement

As Donald Trump was sworn in as the nation's 45th president, there was anger on the streets of the nation's capital and online among those opposed to the new commander in chief.

Tensions were high as protesters faced off with police, leading to dozens of arrests and injuries to at least three police officers.

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Inside Edition producer Emily Keown was caught in the middle of the chaos.

"I can tell you it was really loud and incredibly scary," she said. 

The protests are yet another sign of a divided nation. Even the Girl Scouts are being criticized.

The revered American institution is taking heat for marching in Donald Trump's inaugural parade. An online petition protesting the Girl Scouts' participation has nearly 170,000 signatures.

Inside Edition caught up with the Girl Scouts as they prepared for their big inauguration moment.

"The Girl Scouts have been part of the inaugural activities since 1917 — 100 years," one representative told Inside Edition.

“We understand," Lydia Soto Harmon, CEO of the organization's Washington branch, said in a statement. "We believe that this is a moment for us to unite, to ensure that all women and girls feel safe and respected."

The signs of a divided nation were not limited to the parade route.

Even as Trump prepared to take office, the Black Lives Matter movement was holding a protest just a mile away, leading to rowdy scenes outside a pre-inauguration event in the nation's capital.

One protester called the incoming politician “Nazi scum."

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In New York City, actor Alec Baldwin appeared at a protest rally outside the Trump International Hotel and Tower, where he delivered his now famous Trump impression.

Baldwin joined Robert De Niro, Marissa Tomei, Rosie Perez, Mark Ruffalo, Cher and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, in the protest that was curated by filmmaker Michael Moore.

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