Donald Trump supporters gather in Washington – and the President wants to stand by them. On his way to the golf club, he stops by – and violently attacks counter-demonstrators on Twitter.
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Several thousand supporters of US President Donald Trump gathered in central Washington on Saturday to protest the outcome of the US elections. They shouted slogans like “Four more years!” and “We want Trump!” Around 300 counter-demonstrators gathered for this, as reported by the Washington Post. During the night there were fights between the protest groups.
Still-President Donald Trump had promised an appearance at the protests – in the end it was a little jaunt. (Source: Carlos Barria / Reuters)
The outgoing president, who still does not acknowledge his electoral defeat, waved to his supporters from an armored vehicle on the way to the golf club. He had announced the day before that he could stop by the demonstrators and greet his fans.
After the demos there were riots between supporters and opponents of the president. A person was injured by stab wounds, as the TV broadcaster Fox reported, citing the mayor’s office. Two police officers were also injured and there were 20 arrests.
The protests also led to fights. A man was stabbed with a knife. (Source: Jim Urquhart / Reuters)
Trump calls protesters “scrap” and “garbage”
Trump then violently attacked the counter-demonstrations. On Twitter, he blamed Antifa for the escalation that night. He described the demonstrators as “scum” and “garbage”. Trump also incited against the established media, calling them “enemies of the people” – although he shared numerous articles on the protests from the Washington Post, the New York Times and the TV broadcaster Fox News.
The event was called “Million MAGA March”, based on Trump’s campaign motto “Make America Great Again”, or “MAGA” for short. His spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany then spoke on Twitter of a million participants, while observers and media assessments ranged from a few thousand to a good 10,000. Trump himself announced that there were hundreds of thousands. The Trump administration had already started its term by exaggerating the number of participants when he was inaugurated in January 2017.
A week ago, significantly more people celebrated in the streets of Washington when Joe Biden’s victory in the US presidential election was announced.
“Fox News are enemies of the people!
Speakers at the demonstration in Freedom Plaza, not far from the White House, followed Trump’s account that his victory was stolen from him by massive election fraud. They promised to keep fighting and abused the media for wrongly declaring Biden the election winner. “Fox News are enemies of the people!” One of the speakers shouted into the crowd. The channel from Rupert Murdoch’s media empire was Trump’s house broadcaster for a long time – but recently moved noticeably away from him. The president had repeatedly referred to the media as “enemies of the people”.
According to calculations by the US media, the Democrat Biden has clearly won the presidential election. It therefore comes to 306 votes from voters, 270 are necessary for victory. In his 2016 victory, Trump was also able to attract exactly 306 electorates to his side. In the US, the president is not elected directly, but by the electorate who follow the election results in their states.
Several thousand Trump supporters gathered in Washington. However, one cannot speak of a million participants. (Source: Jacquelyn Martin / AP / dpa)
Republican incites against Biden’s party
Trump recently spread rumors, among other things, that software used in the vote count had converted votes cast for him in favor of Biden. He gave no evidence of this. The producer of the program, election officers and several US government agencies rejected this. “Stop the theft!” Was a motto for the Trump supporters’ march on Saturday.
The longest speech at the demonstration was given by newly elected Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene. “The Democrats are no longer an American party,” she announced. One reason for this is because they wanted to take their guns away from Americans, Greene claimed. Now it is time to form “an army on the ground”.
Taylor Greene became known during the election campaign as a supporter of the QAnon conspiracy theory. The central claim of the QAnon supporters is that there is a conspiracy against US President Donald Trump in the deeper layers of the US government apparatus. They also often claim that prominent Democratic Party politicians in the United States have been treated with hormones made from the blood of children.
Corona situation is getting out of control
Many participants in the demonstration did not wear masks. Trump had always claimed in his election campaign that the US would soon be out of the woods in the pandemic. In addition, he often pointed out that he himself had quickly overcome his Covid 19 disease – even if he had been treated with an antibody drug that was still experimental.
The corona situation in the USA is now getting more and more out of control. On Friday there was the next record with 184,514 new infections, according to data from Johns Hopkins University (JHU). More than 1,400 people died.