A few thousand people packed into a Brown University auditorium Saturday for a Donald Trump rally.
It was the largest gathering of Trump supporters in the nation’s capital, and the event was marred by violence.
The violence came just days after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where Heather Heyer was killed by a car.
“We have to have the right laws in place,” Trump said.
“The law is that you can’t be a racist, but you have to be a patriot.
And you have the duty to protect the Constitution.”
Police had to use tear gas to disperse a crowd of protesters in a Washington park, but it was not clear if any arrests were made.
The rally came as Trump and the president-elect are working to rebuild a relationship with a black and brown America that has been fractured since his election.
After Charlottesville, Trump promised to restore “law and order” and to protect people of color from “hatred, bigotry and violence.”
Trump has been criticized by many on the left for his criticism of white supremacists and for having made racist remarks.
“I will fight hate in all of its forms, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and all other hate groups,” Trump tweeted.
Trump also made a racially insensitive remark on Saturday during a rally in Florida, saying, “You have to understand that white people have done horrible things to black people.
Black people have been treated horribly.”
“You can be a good person and still be a bigot,” Trump told the crowd.
“You can also be a bad person and be a friend.”
Trump’s comments sparked protests across the country and prompted the resignation of the former president, the first time in U.S. history that a sitting president has been forced to resign for making such comments.
“When he said, ‘You can do anything,’ he was saying, ‘I’m going to make you feel better.
And then you’re going to say, ‘Yes, I can,'” former Vice President Joe Biden said.