A look back at the dumpster fire that was US politics in 2017.
Gabriel H. Sanchez
Posted on December 12, 2017, at 6:04 p.m. ET
President Donald Trump takes the oath of office as his wife Melania Trump holds the Bible and his son Barron Trump looks on, on the West Front of the US Capitol on Jan. 20 in Washington, DC.
Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and former president Bill Clinton arrive at Donald Trump's inauguration at the US Capitol on Jan. 20 in Washington, DC.
A combination of photos taken at the National Mall shows the crowds attending the inauguration ceremonies to swear in President Donald Trump (left) at 12:01 p.m. on Jan. 20, 2017, and President Barack Obama (right) sometime between 12:07 p.m. and 12:26 p.m. on Jan. 20, 2009, in Washington, DC.
Protesters walk during the Women's March on Washington, with the US Capitol in the background, on Jan. 21 in Washington, DC. Large crowds attended the anti-Trump rally a day after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th US president.
Sixteen-year-old Emma Humphries holds a Trump towel over the Women's March on Washington on Jan. 21.
Protesters dressed as characters from The Handmaid's Tale chant in the Texas Capitol Rotunda under portraits of former Texas governors George W. Bush and Rick Perry in Austin, Texas, on July 18. State lawmakers began a special legislative session to tackle conservative priorities that stalled previously, chief among them, a "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people.
With the White House in the foreground, protesters unfurl a banner atop a crane at the construction site of the former Washington Post office building on Jan. 25 in Washington, DC. The protesters were with Greenpeace.
President Barack Obama presents Vice President Joe Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on Jan. 12.
The Oval Office sits emptied of all furniture, carpet, and other decor during renovations on Aug. 11.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sits alongside Ivanka Trump during a roundtable discussion on women entrepreneurs and business leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Feb. 13.
Trump advisers Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner listen as President Donald Trump meets with members of his Cabinet at the White House on June 12.
President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit on July 7 in Hamburg, Germany.
Former FBI director James Comey is sworn in on June 8 while testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill. Comey said that President Donald Trump pressured him to drop the FBI's investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn and demanded Comey's loyalty during the one-on-one meetings he had with the president.
Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway checks her phone as President Donald Trump and leaders of historically black universities and colleges pose for a group photo in the Oval Office on Feb. 27.
In this July 21 photo, incoming White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci blows a kiss during the press briefing in the White House. Scaramucci was out as White House communications director after just 11 days on the job.
In this June 1 photo, the justices of the US Supreme Court gather for an official group portrait to include new Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch at the Supreme Court Building in Washington. Front row, from left: Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, and Associate Justice Stephen Breyer. Back row, from left: Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr., Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch.
Neo-Nazis, members of the alt-right, and white supremacists encircle and chant at counter protesters at the base of a statue of Thomas Jefferson after marching through the University of Virginia campus with torches in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 11.
A man wearing a shirt with swastikas on it is punched in the face by an unidentified member of the crowd near the site of a planned speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer at the University of Florida campus on Oct. 19 in Gainesville, Florida.
A woman is administered first aid after a car ran into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12. James Alex Fields Jr., 20, was charged with the second-degree murder
of Heather Heyer, 32.
Members of the Republican and Democratic congressional baseball teams gather for a bipartisan prayer before the start of the Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park on June 15, in Washington, DC. The day before, US House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) was listed in critical condition after a gunman opened fire during a Republican congressional baseball team practice.
Air Force One departs Las Vegas past the broken windows at the Mandalay Bay hotel, where shooter Stephen Paddock conducted his mass shooting along the Las Vegas Strip on Oct. 4.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, departs after returning to the Senate to vote on health care legislation on Capitol Hill July 25.
Milo Yiannopoulos arrives for a news conference in New York on Feb. 21. Before the conference, the technology editor at Breitbart News came under fire from other conservatives after a video emerged showing him making comments on sexual relationships between boys and older men.
President Donald Trump looks up toward the solar eclipse while joined by his wife, first lady Melania Trump, on the Truman Balcony at the White House on Aug. 21. Millions of people flocked to areas of the US that are in the "path of totality" in order to experience a total solar eclipse.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (R) and his wife Louise Linton hold up a sheet of new $1 bills, the first currency notes bearing his and US Treasurer Jovita Carranza's signatures, at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, DC.
President Donald Trump laughs and points as he honors Navajo "code talkers" for their contributions during World War II at the White House on Nov. 27.
People gather to pray in the baggage claim of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport during a protest on Jan. 29 against the travel ban imposed by President Donald Trump's executive order.
In this Oct. 3 photo, President Donald Trump tosses paper towels into a crowd at Calvary Chapel in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Trump congratulated Puerto Rico for escaping the higher death toll of "a real catastrophe like Katrina" and heaped praise on the relief efforts of his administration without mentioning the sharp criticism the federal response has drawn.
People look at prototypes of a border wall on Oct. 26 in San Diego, California. Contractors completed eight prototypes of President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico, triggering a period of rigorous testing to determine if they can repel sledgehammers, torches, pickaxes, and battery-operated tools.
Republican candidate for the US Senate in Alabama, Roy Moore, displays a pistol to express his support for the Second Amendment as he speaks at a campaign rally on Sept. 25 in Fairhope, Alabama.
Beverly Young Nelson, who said that Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore sexually harassed her when she was 16, sits behind a signature by Roy Moore in her 1977 yearbook in New York on Nov. 13.
Defense Secretary James Mattis looks out over Kabul as he arrives via helicopter at the Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, on April 24.
The guided-missile destroyer USS Porter fires a Tomahawk land attack missile on April 7 in the Mediterranean Sea. The USS Porter was one of two destroyers that fired a total of 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian military airfield in retaliation for a chemical attack that killed scores of civilians.
President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (center), and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (left) put their hands on an illuminated globe during the inauguration ceremony of the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on May 21.
President Donald Trump pretends to drive as he gets in an 18-wheeler and meets with truckers and CEOs regarding health care at the White House on March 23.
Gabriel H. Sanchez is the photo essay editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York City.
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