Sporadic fights broke out between pro-Trump and anti-Trump demonstrators after sunset on Saturday. WRC-TV reported that 4 individuals have been taken to a hospital with stab wounds, and the Metropolitan Police Division advised the station that 23 individuals have been arrested.
Trump, whose time period will finish January 20, refuses to concede, whereas clinging to baseless claims of fraud which have been rejected by state and federal courts, and Friday by the Supreme Court docket.
The rallies drew a contingent of the Proud Boys, a neo-fascist group recognized to incite avenue violence. Some wore bulletproof vests as they marched by way of city.
Trump tweeted his obvious shock Saturday morning on the rallies, publicly recognized for weeks: “Wow! 1000’s of individuals forming in Washington (D.C.) for Cease the Steal. Did not learn about this, however I will be seeing them! (hash)MAGA”
Trump left the White Home round noon for the journey to the Military-Navy soccer recreation on the U.S. Navy Academy in West Level, New York. Because the Marine One helicopter handed over a rally on the Nationwide Mall, cheers went up.
Michael Flynn, the previous nationwide safety adviser lately pardoned by Trump, was talking from the stage on the time.
“That is fairly cool. Think about simply having the ability to bounce in a helicopter and simply go for a pleasure journey round Washington,” mentioned Flynn, whose pardon wiped away his conviction for mendacity to the FBI through the Russia investigation.
At a pro-Trump demonstration in Washington a month in the past, Trump thrilled supporters when he handed by in his motorcade en path to his Virginia golf membership.
That demonstration, which drew 10,000 to fifteen,000 individuals to the capital, ended late within the night with scattered clashes between Trump’s loyalists and native activists close to Black Lives Matter Plaza close to the White Home.
On Saturday, police took extra steps to maintain the 2 sides aside, closing a large swath of downtown to visitors and sealing off Black Lives Matter Plaza.
After the rallies ended, downtown Washington shortly devolved into crowds of a whole bunch of Proud Boys and mixed forces of antifa and native Black activists — either side looking for a confrontation in an space flooded with cops. As nightfall fell, they confronted off on reverse sides of a avenue, with a number of strains of metropolis police and federal Park Police, some in riot gear, protecting them separated.
One Proud Boy yelled out, “You cops cannot be in every single place!” The Proud Boys later dispersed.
Antifa activists additionally have been extra organized this time, with their very own bicycle corps to type bike partitions to match these of the police.
Earlier within the day, a gaggle of about 50 males within the Proud Boys’ black and yellow circled the perimeter of Black Lives Matter Plaza, the place about 200 anti-Trump demonstrators have been rallying.
They chanted vulgar slogans and at one level began singing “Jingle Bells.” They have been apparently beneath orders to not interact with hecklers. One man who was speaking again to individuals was yelled at and advised “Do not work together!”
The meeting on the Nationwide Mall, referred to as the “Jericho March,” was described on its web site as a “prayer rally” with audio system “praying for the partitions of corruption and election fraud to fall down.”
The rally on Freedom Plaza additionally featured a collection of audio system pushing debunked claims of election fraud to a receptive viewers.