Thousands of Trump supporters move to the Supreme Court. Familiar faces of the right whip them up. Many feel cheated out of winning the election. “The mood hasn’t been so charged since the Vietnam War,” says one.
There is anticipation on the train towards the capital. Some red-clad passengers get on in Wilmington, greet other occupants with Trump fan paraphernalia like old friends, toast and look for seats. Finally arrived in Washington DC, they move together to Freedom Plaza at the White House. The sky is shining blue, sellers are selling pretzels, the two mouth and nose covers for $ 25 hardly find buyers. Journeys “Don’t Stop Believing” booms out of the boxes, flags are blowing in the wind, thousands have come. Festival mood.
It will stay that way for most of the time, until some counter-demonstrators and Trump supporters meet in the early dusk, stones, bottles and fists flying. The police arrested at least 20 people, four of them for violating the gun law. The clashes highlight the bitter conflict that is raging not just in the capital but across the country: Democrats and the media say Joe Biden has won. Many Republicans and Trump supporters don’t want to accept that. A small selection of t-shirts: Trump shows the middle finger, Trump as Rambo, “We the people are pissed off”, alluding to the US Constitution, “Stop the Steal”, or just “Fuck.” your feelings “. Fuck your feelings.
Before the clashes, the demonstrators – US media speak of around 10,000, Trump only about Hundreds of thousands, then from Tens of thousands – Moved from the White House to the Supreme Court and had spent several hours there. The police had cordoned off large areas of the city center for the march and also set up a ban zone for all firearms. An African-American clergyman stands somewhere with a rosary in hand and a “Black Lives Matter” shirt. Trump fans eye him, but he blesses them. What is he doing here? “I pray for peace.”
Many supporters came from out of town, with 92.9 percent voting for Joe Biden in Washington itself. You will be rewarded for your journey in Liberty Square in the morning. US President Donald Trump drives past in his limousine towards the golf course. The meeting point is filling up; At noon there is suddenly even more unrest in the crowd. Militiamen of the “Proud Boys” pave the way for Alex Jones, the right-wing conspiracy theorist of the Infowars website. Some wear T-shirts that say “stand back and stand by”, hold back and be ready. Trump said this in the first TV duel with Joe Biden about the “Proud Boys” and triggered cheers among right-wing armed groups.
National anthem, prayers and “USA!”
A singer starts the national anthem on the official stage and the crowd joins in. God should give those present strength for the coming weeks or even months, a clergyman prays through the microphone: “You know evil, oh Lord, we ask you to reveal the deception.” While Alex Jones is playing “USA” and other chants a few meters away with a megaphone and a grating voice, Trump is declared by the clergyman to be the “last protector of our civilization”. Those present cheer. Then they set off for the Supreme Court on Jones’s command.
The Supreme Court building is opposite the Congress, this is to show the power of the judiciary over the legislature. “I’m not a Trump fan, but for him, and he’s very popular,” says someone who doesn’t want to give his name for professional reasons. All allegations of possible election fraud must be investigated. What if the investigation does not reveal anything decisive for the election? “I think a civil war is unlikely, but the atmosphere is more charged than it has been since the Vietnam War.” A couple of counter-demonstrators approach and are told via megaphone what alleged family problems they may have had, that they are not for Trump. While the police intervened, another militia carefully observed the situation.
Alex Jones has another appearance on the stage in front of the Supreme Court, followed by several conservative politicians who hold Trump up. “Four more years!” Calls for the crowd. There is great cheer when someone describes the way there: Biden would be deprived of the necessary electoral votes through recounts and in the end the House of Representatives would appoint Trump for a second term. The custom that the US media predict a winner before there are official results and the electors have determined him is also used as an argument against the big media.
Barbara Heard, one of the few with mouth and nose protection, also listens attentively. “The mainstream media and big tech don’t mention any of this because they’re afraid of losing,” says the 62-year-old. “They’re all leaning to the left.” Barbara Heard is self-employed, against abortion and illegal immigration. She thinks Trump did a great job: “I have more money in my pocket than five years ago.” In addition, the new Conservative justices in the Supreme Court protected their interests. Do you think Trump will win at the end of all the legal battles? “Oh yes”, her companion Brian Bochicchio intervenes, there is evidence of election fraud, “but they still keep their gunpowder dry”.
“This is insane!”
“You will never be forgotten again”, it sounds from the stage: “You are the silent majority!” The majority of the whites cheer loudly. Even more so than a supposedly democratic African-American sings eulogies for minutes to the president who has done so much for blacks and is by no means a racist. Shortly afterwards the event is over, most of them leave. A group of Chinese pose in blue hoodies with the words “The New Federal Republic of China” on them and chant Trump’s name. It is an initiative of right-wing puller and ex-White House adviser Steve Bannon. Together with the Chinese billionaire Miles Kwok, he had proclaimed a democratic Republic of China under this name in June. On the billionaire’s ship, in front of the Statue of Liberty in New York City.
Many happy faces can be seen on the way back to the train station, except for two. “I get really sick,” says Jonas Reagan. The 28-year-old lives in Washington and wanted to see what was going on; half an hour of the event was enough for him. His companion, an African American woman, holds a “Biden Harris” sign in the air, and he wears appropriate mouth and nose protection. A van rushes by, the door opens and someone holds out the “Proud Boys” hand signal as they drive by. It’s something completely different to experience something like this personally, he says: “It’s insane!”
While in other parts of the city the Trump opponents and supporters deliver their skirmishes, a group of Trump supporters is sitting at the train station. The three are waiting for their train back to the state of Delaware. “If you let it go and Trump loses,” says one, “then I won’t vote anymore, even if that’s exactly what you want to achieve with it.” Biden is said to have had more votes than ex-President Barack Obama? “Never”, the second shakes his head. In general, the election software company “Dominion” is corrupt and there are many doubts about the result of the vote. Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani made similar allegations against the voting machine manufacturer Smartmatic. The responsible supervisory authority and fact checker have refuted both allegations.
All these doubts, which have been sown outside the major media outlets, fuel the belief of Trump supporters that the election was “stolen” from them. Emotions distort facts. Whatever the outcome, Trump remains “the best president in history since Abraham Lincoln” for them. Biden may be the upcoming US president. But in the world of many protesters, Trump is the real election winner. Your concern is whether this will become official. If not, you are sure, he and she have been betrayed together.