Conservative teams alleging with out proof that U.S. president-elect Joe Biden stole the presidential election gathered for protests throughout the nation on Saturday, together with one in Washington that includes President Donald Trump’s lately pardoned former nationwide safety adviser.
Organizers with Cease the Steal, linked to pro-Trump operative Roger Stone, and church teams urged supporters to take part in “Jericho Marches” and prayer rallies.
Protests are additionally deliberate in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nevada and Arizona, the place Trump’s marketing campaign has questioned vote counts.
Greater than 50 federal and state court docket rulings have upheld Biden’s victory over Trump. The U.S. Supreme Court docket on Friday rejected a long-shot lawsuit filed by Texas and backed by Trump in search of to throw out voting ends in 4 states.
“Whatever the ruling was yesterday, everybody take a deep deep breath,” retired military normal Mike Flynn, Trump’s former nationwide safety adviser, advised protesters in entrance of the Supreme Court docket, referring to the court docket’s refusal to listen to the Texas case.
Flynn, who twice pleaded responsible to mendacity to the FBI about contacts with the previous Russian ambassador, spoke in his first public deal with since Trump pardoned him on Nov. 24.
“My charge to you is to go back to where you are from” and make calls for, Flynn advised the small crowd, with out being extra particular. The U.S. Structure is “not about collective liberty, it is about individual liberties, and they designed it that way.”
Trump has refused to concede defeat, alleging that he was denied victory by large fraud.
On his method to Andrews Air Power Base after which the Military-Navy soccer recreation in New York, Trump made three passes within the Marine One helicopter over the cheering protesters.
Trump’s supporters carrying flags and indicators made their method in small knots towards Congress and the Supreme Court docket by means of Washington’s metropolis centre, which was shut off to visitors by police autos and dump vehicles.
Few of the protesters wore masks, regardless of hovering COVID-19 deaths and circumstances, defying a mayoral directive for them to be worn outdoors. A number of thousand folks rallied in Washington, fewer than throughout an analogous protest final month.
About 200 members of Proud Boys, a violent far-right group, joined the march close to the Trump Lodge. Many wore fight fatigues and ballistic vests, and carried helmets.
A truck-pulled trailer flew Trump 2020 flags and an indication studying “Trump Unity,” whereas blaring the nation tune God Bless the usA.
Some Washington protesters echoed far-right conspiracy theories concerning the Nov. three election.
“It’s clear the election has been stolen,” mentioned Mark Paul Jones, of Delaware Water Hole, Pa., who sported a tricorn, a hat related to the American Revolution, as he walked towards the Supreme Court docket together with his spouse.
“Trump is being railroaded out of office,” he mentioned, including that Biden received with the collaboration of the Supreme Court docket, the FBI, Division of Justice and the CIA. The Supreme Court docket “didn’t even take the time to hear the case,” Jones mentioned.
Eddy Miller of Philadelphia, who was promoting Trump marketing campaign T-shirts, mentioned he was positive “there was fraud despite what I see on the news” about court docket rulings placing down fraud allegations.
Lori Hood, who travelled from Denver together with her sons, Adrian, 23, and Colten, 11, carried an indication studying, “We love you Supreme Court but we won’t tolerate lawlessness.” Adrian, sporting a U.S. flag round his shoulders, mentioned courts in Georgia, Michigan, Arizona and Pennsylvania had illegally substituted their energy for these of state legislatures that ought to appoint pro-Trump electors.
Requested why he believed there was fraud when the courts discovered none, he mentioned, “It’s what I see with my eyes.”
Some protesters referred to the biblical miracle of the battle of Jericho, through which the partitions of the town crumbled after troopers and monks blowing horns marched round it.
Ron Hazard of Morristown, N.J., was one in every of 5 individuals who stopped on the Justice Division to blow shofars to convey down “the spiritual” partitions “of corruption.”
“We believe what is going on in this county is an important thing. It’s a balance between biblical values and anti-biblical values,” he mentioned.
His small group, together with one member who wore a Jewish prayer scarf referred to as a tallit, are Christians “who love the Jewish people. We love Israel,” he mentioned.
Within the afternoon, members of the Proud Boys — flashing hand indicators utilized by white supremacists — shouted and exchanged insults with counter-protesters at Black Lives Matter Plaza close to the White Home. The 2 sides had been separated by a line of police on bicycles.