Thousands of Donald Trump’s supporters have taken to the streets of Washington DC to show their support for the outgoing commander-in-chief. US officials have dismissed President Trump’s claims of election fraud.
Supporters of US president Donald Trump marched through Washington DC on Saturday to protest what they believe to be electoral fraud. Trump has repeatedly claimed victory in this month’s election without providing evidence.
President Trump’s motorcade passed by the crowd shortly after the event began. Videos posted on social media showed the incumbent commander-in-chief waving from his car.
US security officials yesterday dismissed Trump’s claims of fix, saying last week’s White House vote was “the most secure in American history.”
But that didn’t stop some of those in attendance from falsely calling Trump the winner of the election or from sharing conspiracy theories about a “deep state” out to bring down the current president.
DW correspondent Stefan Simons said the crowd had swelled to between 10,000 to 15,000 people who came out to support President Trump. Many stood outside the Supreme Court, calling on the judicial body to rule on the election results.
“For them, the election is not over yet,” he said. “They think this election was stolen from them. In four years, there will be payback time, they say.”
Members of the far-right, white-nationalist group “Proud Boys,” designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, were seen mingling with the marchers, as the crowd chanted “Arrest Joe Biden!”
“The deep state is all against Trump,” one protester told DW. “Don’t believe it for a second. There’s tons of voter fraud out there.”
Organizers have given the rallies various names, including the Million MAGA March, the March for Trump and Stop the Steal. MAGA is an acronym for the Trump campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.”
Organizers and right-wing media figures, along with the White House officials, have predicted a huge turnout. While the crowd was modest at the outset, the march gained steam in the hours that followed. The demonstrations were largely peaceful.
Some left-wing groups are planning counter-demonstrations.
Trump refuses to concede
The US president has so far refused to concede defeat to Joe Biden, who all major US media outlets project to be the winner of the November 3 election.
President-elect Biden, a Democrat, is projected to have won 306 electoral college votes, compared to President Trump’s 232.
Judges in Arizona, Michigan and Pennsylvania on Friday rejected a series of legal challenges by the Trump campaign to seek a review of results in those three states.
Biden’s team have said Trump’s failure to recognize his defeat is hurting national security because the president-elect has not yet received any daily intelligence briefings.