Trump participates in DC protests in opposition to Congress confirming Biden’s victory
U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, United States, on December 23, 2020.
Tom Brenner | Reuters
President Donald Trump said Sunday he would take part in protests in Washington DC on January 6, the day Congress confirms the vote of the electoral college and declares President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
The president shared a video clip on Twitter encouraging supporters to protest the November election results and saying he would be there.
Trump still refuses to endorse the race and continues to make unsubstantiated claims of electoral fraud that have been consistently denied by state and federal courts as well as his own Department of Justice.
The joint session of Congress to count the votes is a routine process and marks the final step in confirming Biden as the winner.
A group of Republican senators and elected senators are pushing for Biden’s certification to be postponed Wednesday, which is unlikely to change the electoral college record, which Biden won between 306 and 232.
Protesters plan to gather at the Washington Monument, Freedom Plaza and the Capitol. The Proud Boys, a far-right group that promoted violence, have vowed to participate incognito.
The nation’s capital has become a battleground for violent protests in recent months. Thousands of Trump supporters gathered in November to protest the results of the DC presidential election. The demonstrations eventually turned violent and nearly two dozen people were arrested.
Protesters also clashed at rallies in Washington State and Washington DC in December over election results, racial injustice and pandemic restrictions. At least four people were stabbed to death after a pro-Trump rally in DC.