Trump supporters rally in Washington as tempers flare

Tempers flare as Trump supporters rally in Washington
Trump supporters who are wearing attire associated with the Proud Boys attend a rally at Freedom Plaza, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, in Washington. Source: AP Photo
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Daily US Times: Thousands of Trump supporters returned to Washington for weekend rallies to back his efforts to subvert the general election that he lost to his opponent Joe Biden.

Sporadic fights broke out between anti-Trump and pro-Trump demonstrators after sundown Saturday. The Metropolitan Police Department told the station that 23 people were arrested and WRC-TV reported that four people were taken to a hospital with stab wounds.

The gatherings of mostly unmasked Trump supporters were intended as a show of force just two days before the Electoral College meets in Washington to formally elect Joe Biden as the 46th president. President Trump, whose term will end January 20 next year, refuses to concede the election, while clinging to baseless and unsubstantial claims of fraud that have been rejected by state and federal courts, and Friday by the Supreme Court.

The US President tweeted his apparent surprise Saturday morning at the rallies, publicly known for weeks: “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”

President Donald Trump left the White House around midday for the trip to the Army-Navy football game at the US Military Academy in West Point, New York. Cheers went up as the Marine One helicopter passed over a rally on the National Mall.

Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was recently pardoned by Trump, was speaking from the stage at the time.

Flynn said: “That’s pretty cool. Imagine just being able to jump in a helicopter and just go for a joy ride around Washington,” whose pardon wiped away his conviction for lying to the FBI during the Russia investigation.

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