Thousands of Trump supporters gather in front of White House for ‘Save America’ rally

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As Congress ready to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, hundreds of individuals lined up earlier than dawn Wednesday to indicate their help for President Donald Trump and his baseless claims of election fraud.

Trump was anticipated to handle his supporters later within the morning throughout a rally on the Ellipse, simply south of the White Home.

Lou Murray, a life insurance coverage salesman from Boston, stated he and lots of others nonetheless hoped Congress and Vice President Mike Pence wouldn’t certify the vote.

Trump supporters braved cold temperatures in Washington, DC, on Wednesday hours before the start of planned demonstrations

Trump supporters braved chilly temperatures in Washington, DC, on Wednesday hours earlier than the beginning of deliberate demonstrations

Supporters of President Trump protest the results of the November 3 election in Washington, DC, on Wednesday

Supporters of President Trump protest the outcomes of the November 3 election in Washington, DC, on Wednesday

House Rep. Mo Brooks, a Republican from Alabama, speaks on Wednesday at a rally in support of President Donald Trump called the 'Save America Rally.' Brooks is one of the lawmakers leading the charge in Congress to dispute the Electoral College vote count

Home Rep. Mo Brooks, a Republican from Alabama, speaks on Wednesday at a rally in help of President Donald Trump referred to as the ‘Save America Rally.’ Brooks is without doubt one of the lawmakers main the cost in Congress to dispute the Electoral Faculty vote rely

Trump supporters pray outside the US Capitol on Wednesday before Congress holds a joint session to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's victory

Trump supporters pray exterior the US Capitol on Wednesday earlier than Congress holds a joint session to ratify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory

‘I hope Vice President Pence has braveness at the moment and I hope any politician who thinks he has a future exhibits braveness to face up and do what’s proper,’ Murray stated.

Organizers deliberate a day march to the Capitol, the place Congress can be voting to affirm the Electoral Faculty outcomes, which Trump continues to dispute.

Plenty of distinguished Trump supporters had been anticipated to attend the protest occasions, which started Tuesday with a rally at Freedom Plaza close to the White Home. 

They embrace Texas Lawyer Normal Ken Paxton and longtime Trump ally Roger Stone, the recipient of a pardon by the president.

As temperatures dropped to the low 40s Tuesday evening and a gentle rain swept onto the streets, tons of of protesters remained in Freedom Plaza. 

A massive crowd of supporters of President Trump wait on the National Mall outside a security perimeter for a rally to protest the expected certification of President-elect Joe Biden's victory on Wednesday

A large crowd of supporters of President Trump wait on the Nationwide Mall exterior a safety perimeter for a rally to protest the anticipated certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory on Wednesday

A crowd of tens of thousands of Trump supporters waved banners and American flags before the start of the planned demonstration on Wednesday

A crowd of tens of hundreds of Trump supporters waved banners and American flags earlier than the beginning of the deliberate demonstration on Wednesday

Trump was expected to address his supporters later in the morning during a rally on the Ellipse, just south of the White House

Trump was anticipated to handle his supporters later within the morning throughout a rally on the Ellipse, simply south of the White Home

Jeremy LaPointe of Lumberton, Texas, holds a cross as he joins supporters of Trump gathered outside the US Capitol where Congress will meet to certify the electoral college vote for President-elect Joe Biden in Washington, DC, on Wednesday

Jeremy LaPointe of Lumberton, Texas, holds a cross as he joins supporters of Trump gathered exterior the US Capitol the place Congress will meet to certify the electoral school vote for President-elect Joe Biden in Washington, DC, on Wednesday

A large crowd of Trump supporters started gathering outside of the White House for a rally on Wednesday

A big crowd of Trump supporters began gathering exterior of the White Home for a rally on Wednesday

A stand is being erected at the base of the US Capitol as a pro-Trump supporter holds a flag, hours before Congress meets to certify the electoral college vote for President-elect Joe Biden in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

A stand is being erected on the base of the US Capitol as a pro-Trump supporter holds a flag, hours earlier than Congress meets to certify the electoral school vote for President-elect Joe Biden in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Trump supporters lined up in the early morning hours of Wednesday on the Ellipse just outside of the White House

Trump supporters lined up within the early morning hours of Wednesday on the Ellipse simply exterior of the White Home

The United States Secret Service and other law enforcement officials are seen near a barricade separating them from the crowd of demonstrators

The US Secret Service and different regulation enforcement officers are seen close to a barricade separating them from the group of demonstrators

Trump supporters gather near the White House and watch the rally on a big screen set up nearby

Trump supporters collect close to the White Home and watch the rally on a giant display arrange close by

A supporter of the president holds a sign that reads 'Voting ends on Election Day, not the day after!' in Washington, DC, on Wednesday

A supporter of the president holds an indication that reads ‘Voting ends on Election Day, not the day after!’ in Washington, DC, on Wednesday

Rallygoers in military style camo dress appear in Washington, DC, as law enforcement officials look on

Rallygoers in army type camo costume seem in Washington, DC, as regulation enforcement officers look on

Joseph Baker waits for a rally of Trump supporters on the Ellipse just outside of the White House on Wednesday

Joseph Baker waits for a rally of Trump supporters on the Ellipse simply exterior of the White Home on Wednesday

A Trump supporter dressed as the Statue of Liberty while chained in shackles is seen above near the Washington Monument on Wednesday

A Trump supporter dressed because the Statue of Liberty whereas chained in shackles is seen above close to the Washington Monument on Wednesday

Supporters of President Trump brandish American flags and sport pro-Trump paraphernalia in Washington, DC, on Wednesday

Supporters of President Trump brandish American flags and sport pro-Trump paraphernalia in Washington, DC, on Wednesday

Trump supporters are seen above waiting for a rally near the White House. They are demanding that Congress refuse to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's victory

Trump supporters are seen above ready for a rally close to the White Home. They’re demanding that Congress refuse to ratify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory

Trump supporters are seen above before the start of the 'Save America' rally in Washington, DC, on Wednesday

Trump supporters are seen above earlier than the beginning of the ‘Save America’ rally in Washington, DC, on Wednesday

‘I am simply right here to help the president,’ stated David Wideman, a 45-year-old firefighter who traveled from Memphis, Tennessee.

Wideman acknowledged he was ‘confused’ by a string of losses from Trump’s authorized staff of their try and overturn the outcomes of the election and did not know what choices Trump had left.

‘I unsure what he can do at this level, however I wish to hear what he has to say,’ Wideman stated.

Trump tweeted his help for the protesters: ‘Washington is being inundated with individuals who do not wish to see an election victory stolen by emboldened Radical Left Democrats. Our Nation has had sufficient, they gained’t take it anymore! We hear you (and love you) from the Oval Workplace.’

In a Tuesday night tweet, Trump referred to as on Democrats and fellow Republicans to take a look at the ‘hundreds of individuals pouring into D.C.’

In one other tweet, he warned that antifa, the umbrella time period for leftist militant teams that Trump has stated he desires to declare a terrorist group, ought to keep out of Washington.

The rallies had native officers and regulation enforcement bracing for potential violent road clashes.

Many companies in downtown Washington boarded up their home windows, fearful that the protest might devolve into the unrest seen in Could and June when dozens of companies had been vandalized.

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser referred to as in Nationwide Guard troops to assist bolster the town’s police drive.

She urged residents to steer clear of downtown Washington and to keep away from confrontations with anybody who’s ‘searching for a struggle.’

However, she warned, ‘we won’t enable folks to incite violence, intimidate our residents or trigger destruction in our metropolis.’

Election officers from each political events, governors in key battleground states and Trump’s former lawyer common, William Barr, have stated there was no widespread fraud within the election.

Practically all of the authorized challenges from Trump and his allies have been dismissed by judges, together with two challenges rejected by the Supreme Court docket. 

A professional-Trump rally December 12 resulted in violence as tons of of Trump supporters, sporting the signature black and yellow of the Proud Boys, a far-right extremist group, sought out confrontations with a collective of native activists trying to bar them from Black Lives Matter Plaza, an space close to the White Home.

A minimum of two native Black church buildings had Black Lives Matter banners torn down and set ablaze.

On Monday, police arrested the chief of the Proud Boys, Henry ‘Enrique’ Tarrio, 36, after he arrived in Washington earlier than this week’s protests.

Tarrio was accused of burning one of many Black Lives Matter banners in December and was discovered with two high-capacity firearm magazines, police stated.

A choose signed an order Tuesday banning Tarrio from coming into the District of Columbia, with very restricted exceptions associated to his prison case.

Along with the Nationwide Guard, federal brokers had been on standby, in case they had been rapidly wanted within the metropolis this week.

The federal Bureau of Prisons stated about 100 ‘specifically educated officers’ had been despatched to the Justice Division headquarters to help different safety personnel however would stay ‘in a reserve capability except wanted.’

Trump supporters and members of the Proud Boys clashed with police within the nation’s capital on Tuesday evening, in the future earlier than Congress is anticipated to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory.

Police tried to comprise the group, who hurled abuse on the officers stationed within the streets, and accused them of failing to guard the structure.

‘You misplaced each side of help,’ yelled one man. ‘We had your f***ing again, however we ain’t acquired your again no extra!’

Chants of ‘f*** Antifa’ broke out, and a few recited the Pledge of Allegiance as they tried to interrupt via the police strains. 

An injured Trump supporter is helped after a clash with counter-protesters on Tuesday

An injured Trump supporter is helped after a conflict with counter-protesters on Tuesday

Police and protesters scuffled on the streets of Washington DC on Tuesday night

Police and protesters scuffled on the streets of Washington DC on Tuesday evening

Trump fans braved the cold on Tuesday night to show their support for the president

Trump followers braved the chilly on Tuesday evening to indicate their help for the president

A Trump supporter is seen recovering from being tear gassed as protests turned violent

A Trump supporter is seen recovering from being tear gassed as protests turned violent

Police set up cordons to try and separate Trump supporters from counter-protesters on Tuesday night

Police arrange cordons to attempt to separate Trump supporters from counter-protesters on Tuesday evening

Crowds of Trump supporters gathered in Washington DC on Tuesday night

Crowds of Trump supporters gathered in Washington DC on Tuesday evening

Earlier within the night, protesters — many with out masks — gathered in Freedom Plaza to decry the vote within the Electoral Faculty.  

Roger Stone, the Republican operative pardoned by Trump in July, instructed the group Trump was ‘the best president since Abraham Lincoln’ as a result of he had ‘freed this slave’.

Stone was convicted in November 2019 of mendacity beneath oath to lawmakers investigating Russian interference within the 2016 election.

‘I’ve two issues I wish to conclude by saying,’ stated Stone on Tuesday evening. 

‘One. Roger Stone did nothing fallacious. 

‘Two. Donald Trump is the best president since Abraham Lincoln as a result of he freed this slave. 

‘We won’t let him down, and he won’t let America down.’ 

Roger Stone, the Republican operative pardoned by Trump, declared that Trump had freed 'this slave'

Roger Stone, the Republican operative pardoned by Trump, declared that Trump had freed ‘this slave’

Stone, convicted in November 2019 of lying to Congress about his dealings during the 2016 election, was a star speaker

Stone, convicted in November 2019 of mendacity to Congress about his dealings through the 2016 election, was a star speaker

MyPillow founder Mike Lindell addressed the group to advertise conspiracy theories about how Democrats allegedly stuffed poll bins. 

He additionally alluded to the potential of civil warfare if Trump’s loss just isn’t reversed.

‘It is advisable to pray for our vice chairman to look as much as God and say, ‘I must decide, Lord,’ and make the best resolution for our nation,’ Lindell stated, alluding to Mike Pence’s function overseeing Wednesday’s Electoral Faculty certification course of. 

‘You do not have a [civil] warfare when the opposite facet did not win something … they had been making an attempt to steal it from us.’ 

As temperatures dropped to the low 40s and a gentle rain swept onto the streets, tons of remained within the plaza into dusk.

‘I am simply right here to help the president,’ stated David Wideman, a 45-year-old firefighter who traveled from Memphis, Tennessee.

Wideman acknowledged to AP he was ‘confused’ by a string of losses from the president’s authorized staff of their try and overturn the outcomes of the election and did not know what choices Trump had left.

‘I unsure what he can do at this level, however I wish to hear what he has to say,’ Wideman stated.

Supporters of Donald Trump traveled to Washington DC on Tuesday night

Supporters of Donald Trump traveled to Washington DC on Tuesday evening

Streets in the capital were closed ahead of the expected protests by Trump fans

Streets within the capital had been closed forward of the anticipated protests by Trump followers

A man is seen standing in front of the Washington Monument as Trump supporters protested

A person is seen standing in entrance of the Washington Monument as Trump supporters protested

Trump tweeted his help for the protesters: ‘Washington is being inundated with individuals who do not wish to see an election victory stolen by emboldened Radical Left Democrats. Our Nation has had sufficient, they will not take it anymore! We hear you (and love you) from the Oval Workplace. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!’

The audio system included former Trump nationwide safety adviser Michael Flynn, whom the president pardoned after he was twice convicted of mendacity to the FBI in particular counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

‘We stand at a crucible second in United States historical past,’ Flynn instructed the group. ‘This nation is awake now.’

The president was anticipated to personally handle his supporters in Washington on Wednesday throughout a rally on the Ellipse, simply south of the White Home. 

The protests coincide with Wednesday’s congressional vote anticipated to certify the Electoral Faculty outcomes, which Trump continues to dispute. 

WHO ARE THE PROUD BOYS?

Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes began the all-male Proud Boys in 2016. McInnes and the Proud Boys have described the group as a politically incorrect males’s membership for ‘Western chauvinists’ and deny affiliations with far-right extremist teams that overtly espouse racist and anti-Semitic views.

The Alabama-based Southern Poverty Legislation Middle designated the Proud Boys as a hate group, saying that its members usually unfold ‘outright bigotry’ and ‘anti-Muslim and misogynistic rhetoric’ over the web, and have posted social media footage of themselves with distinguished Holocaust deniers, white nationalists and ‘recognized neo-Nazis.’

Present chief of the Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio, marched within the notorious Charlottesville Unite the Proper rally in 2017. 

McInnes filed a lawsuit towards the SPLC in February, difficult the addition of his group to a listing of hate teams.

Proud Boys have been concerned in a collection of high-profile violent clashes at political occasions.

In New York Metropolis in October 2018, police arrested a number of Proud Boys members who brawled with anti-fascist protesters following a speech by McInnes at a Manhattan Republican membership.

Proud Boys members even have regularly clashed with counterprotesters at rallies in California and Oregon.

 

Proud Boys’ leaders have shared with their followers that they intend to attend the rally ‘incognito’ and sporting ‘ALL black.’

Tarrio revealed on Parler that ‘the Proud Boys will end up in document numbers on Jan sixth however, this time, with a twist.’

He wrote: ‘We won’t be sporting our conventional Black and Yellow.’

The group’s customary uniform is black and yellow Fred Perry polo shirts, army armor, and MAGA hats.  

Tarrio wrote: ‘We can be incognito and we’ll unfold throughout downtown DC in smaller groups.’

Joe Biggs, an organizer for the group, confirmed the alleged plans on his Parler account.    

The rallies had native officers and regulation enforcement bracing for potential violent road clashes.  

Officers stated there have been six arrests by Tuesday evening for a wide range of offenses together with weapons and ammunition possession, assaulting a police officer, easy assault and possessing a stun gun.  

Election officers from each political events, governors in key battleground states and Trump’s former lawyer common, William Barr, have stated there was no widespread fraud within the election. 

Practically all of the authorized challenges from Trump and his allies have been dismissed by judges, together with two challenges rejected by the Supreme Court docket.

A professional-Trump rally on December 12 resulted in violence as tons of of Trump supporters, sporting the signature black and yellow of the Proud Boys, a far-right extremist group, sought out confrontations with a collective of native activists trying to bar them from Black Lives Matter Plaza, an space close to the White Home. 

A minimum of two native black church buildings had Black Lives Matter banners torn down and set ablaze. 

Along with the Nationwide Guard, federal brokers had been on standby, in case they had been rapidly wanted within the metropolis this week.

The federal Bureau of Prisons stated about 100 ‘specifically educated officers’ had been despatched to the Justice Division headquarters to help different safety personnel however would stay ‘in a reserve capability except wanted.’

The Division of Homeland Safety, in the meantime, stated that not like through the unrest in Could and June in Washington, it didn’t plan to deploy brokers from Customs and Border Safety to the demonstration Wednesday.

‘Proper now, we have now not been requested to deploy. Nevertheless, we have now a modest fast response drive that can be on standby simply in case our help is requested,’ the company’s appearing commissioner, Mark Morgan, stated. 

A November pro-Trump rally drew about 15,000 individuals. 

The December 12 rally drew smaller numbers, however a bigger contingent of Proud Boys. 

Washington DC police were out in force ahead of the expected protest and counter-protest

Washington DC police had been out in drive forward of the anticipated protest and counter-protest



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