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1000’s of President Trump’s supporters – for the second time in a month – have deliberate to flock to the nation’s capitol for a protest in assist of the president and his false claims of a stolen election.
This weekend’s Million Maga March follows a Nov. 14 protest that introduced lots of the president’s supporters to Washington, D.C. and ended with scattered clashes between rally-goers and counter-protesters.
Saturday’s occasion, which in accordance with organizers will probably be attended by greater than 22,000 folks, shares a title with final’s month protest – and is organized to happen close to the White Home.
A number of teams who attended final month’s protest will probably be marching once more on Saturday. This contains the Proud Boys, a self-proclaimed western-chauvinist group identified for violent confrontations with left-wing protesters. They’re thought of a hate group by the Southern Poverty Legislation Middle.
A White Home spokesman confirmed that because the group gathered in D.C., considered one of its leaders, Enrique Tarrio, took a public tour of the White Home. Tarrio posted about his go to to the right-wing social media app Parler. The White Home says that Tarrio didn’t meet with the president nor was he particularly invited. Tarrio mentioned the go to “reveals we have come a good distance.”
The rally was scheduled to start blocks from the White Home in downtown Washington’s Freedom Plaza. From there, demonstrators have been anticipated to make their approach towards the Supreme Court docket, which late on Friday dismissed a Hail Mary authorized problem to the outcomes of November’s election introduced by the Texas legal professional normal and supported by President Trump and the vast majority of Home Republicans.
President Trump broadcast his approval of Saturday’s demonstration, tweeting, “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! #MAGA.”
Throughout final month’s protest, Trump made an impromptu go to, driving by the rally in his presidential motorcade.
Wow! 1000’s of individuals forming in Washington (D.C.) for Cease the Steal. Didn’t learn about this, however I’ll be seeing them! #MAGA
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2020
On Friday, in accordance with NPR member station WAMU, each Trump supporters and counter-protests clashed within the metropolis’s Black Lives Matter Plaza, which led to a number of arrests.