Violence broke out on the streets of Washington DC as thousands of Donald Trump supporters paraded on the capital to protest against the election of Joe Biden.
At least 11 people were apprehended during the pro-Trump demonstration with fistfights breaking out between members of the far-right groups, including the Proud Boys, and counter-protestors across the metropolis.
Thousands of Trump supporters assembled on Freedom Plaza and heard various speakers including pardoned National Security Adviser Michael Flynn spout mistruths about the legitimacy of Joe Biden’s presidential victory.
It came only a day after the Supreme Court repudiated Texas’ endeavour to overturn the election results in four key battleground states and secured Joe Biden’s win beyond dispute, confirming what local, state, and federal officials of both parties, including US attorney general William Barr, have said since November 3.
The clashes began before the demonstrations even started, as five were apprehended Friday night on charges including disorderly behaviour, instigating violence, and assault after an affray, but the violence didn’t prevent President Trump from supporting the rally.
‘Wow! Thousands of people forming in Washington (D.C.) for Stop the Steal. Didn’t know about this, but I’ll be seeing them! #MAGA’, he tweeted on Saturday morning.
Various groups took part in arranging Saturday’s rallies, including groups like Women for America First, the Million Maga March, which managed a similar event in Washington in November, and the Proud Boys.
Videos of altercations between groups of rival protestors were shared on social media with instances of people in pro-Trump clothing attacking spectators, and according to USA Today, one spectator was caught pulling a knife after clashing with Trump supporters.
At least six people were apprehended during the day, and as darkness fell over the capitol, Proud Boys and counter-protestors were in fistfights across downtown DC, which led to at least one ambulance being called.
Police attempted to intervene in different ways, including forming defence lines between Proud Boys and protestors and spraying chemical irritants, but small groups of protestors reportedly broke away and continued to brawl in the street.
Speakers at the demonstrations on Saturday ranged from fringe figures like Sebastian Gorka to Flynn and President Trump’s former national security adviser who was recently exonerated after fibbing to federal authorities about his contacts with Russian officials.
Videos of his presence at the march also went viral, though that was because his sister appeared to forget the vocals to ‘God Bless America’ as she descanted to the masses.
This is all extremely sad. Donald Trump was the leader who could not lead and his only concern was causing damage. He never cared about his whole nation, not once.
Donald Trump was the leader prompting supporters to overthrow due democratic process and it’s shocking and the man needs to be arrested when he leaves office and hopefully, when Donald Trump leaves office, the hogwash lies will stop.
But this is what you get when the leader of a nation facilitates the inbuilt brutality and hate gangs with no conscience or care for the damage and misery they cause, but eventually, they’ll wither away, along with Donald Trump. However, Donald Trump appears to want to be dictator for life!
And these Proud Boys, well, that’s what they call themselves – sounds like a collective coming out of the closet and it looks like fascism is on the rise – these are dangerous times.
I do abhor violence, but it seems that these days we’re so politically polarised and we, the people are a pawn in their game and don’t even realise it.
We’re all being played like a fiddle, but people just can’t see it and if everyone quit turning on each other for just one second and looked at what’s really going on and has been going on for decades, then we might just grasp what’s really going on, but people won’t do that because they’re caught up in the whole left/right – we’re right, their wrong mindset.
Meanwhile, America and the world are in big trouble and this is just the beginning and I hate to break it to you folks, but neither Joe Biden nor any other President will fix it.