By NBC Washington Staff • Published 4 hours ago • Updated 12 seconds ago
President Trump is set to address a large crowd of supporters after promising a "wild" demonstration in Washington, D.C., against the election results
Following a day and evening of mostly peaceful but sometimes tense rallies and speeches that ended with six arrests, President Donald Trump plans to address a crowd of supporters converging in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to oppose the results of the election.
Multiple groups of protesters are set to convene around the White House and National Mall as Congress meets to count the Electoral College vote and reaffirm that Joe Biden has been elected the next U.S. president.
Supporters were out in force early, pouring out of Union Station and Metro stations and streaming into streets downtown. Many wore Make America Great Again hats and carried Trump flags, but with only a few masks seen despite a local ordinance.
One attendee lined up at 3 a.m. to see Trump speak at the Save America rally on the Ellipse, just south of the White House, at about 11 a.m.
The president has rallied his supporters for weeks to descend on the capital for “wild” protests, an effort to bolster his unfounded claims of fraud in November’s elections.
Local officials, including Mayor Muriel Bowser and Attorney General Karl Racine, have asked residents and counterprotesters to stay away from downtown, fearing a repeat of violent clashes seen during past rallies.
Multiple rallies and marches are planned, centered near the Capitol and on the National Mall. Demonstrations are expected to continue into the evening and counterprotests have been announced.
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Thousands of people are expected to attend, according to organizers. Women for America First projected 30,000 attendees on the Ellipse, according to a permit filed with the National Park Service.
Demonstrations also are planned near the U.S. Capitol, where Congress is set to convene at 1 p.m.
Trump and loyal allies on Capitol Hill are set to oppose certification of Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris' victory. Their objections may delay but ultimately will not change the outcome. Each state has certified its vote, challenges to the election have fallen flat in court and officials have repeatedly said there is no evidence of widespread fraud.
The D.C. National Guard will join the Metropolitan Police Department and other agencies in providing security and crowd control. Police officers were stationed at churches where pro-Trump demonstrators committed vandalism last month, which resulted in one far-right extremist group leader being arrested Monday and then banned from the city.
2:31DC Braces for Protests While Church Plans to Erect 16-Foot Black Lives Matter BannerNews4's Darcy Spencer reports from the Ellipse, where President Trump is set to speak Wednesday.
Demonstrators began flooding the streets on Tuesday, kicking off with a rally on Freedom Plaza.
Many rallygoers carried Trump flags to Tuesday's event, where crowds cried "stop the steal" and listened to speakers including Republican operative Roger Stone reiterate unsubstantiated claims of election fraud.
Six people were arrested by 9 p.m., many on weapons charges, D.C. officials said. The offenses included: carrying a pistol without a license; carrying a rifle without a license; having a high-capacity feeding device, unregistered ammunition or unregistered firearm; assault on a police officer; simple assault; possession of a prohibited weapon (Taser); a traffic-related offense and possession of illegal fireworks.
D.C. Fire and EMS reported that one person was taken to a hospital.
By evening, a line of officers stood across 16th Street NW, physically separating a crowd of Trump's supporters from other demonstrators on Black Lives Matter Plaza, near the White House.
D.C. police said they expected even larger crowds on Tuesday than the past two pro-Trump events late last year, which were marked by confrontations between far-right groups and counterprotesters.
2:01DC Business Owners Board Up Ahead of ProtestsBusinesses in downtown D.C. are boarding up as protesters get ready to again take the streets in support of President Trump. Business owners nearby tell News4's Shomari Stone that they're concerned for their stores and livelihoods.
During demonstrations on Dec. 12, at least four people were stabbed and another 33 arrested. Four churches were vandalized, and two, Metropolitan AME Church and Asbury United Methodist Church, had Black Lives Matter banners destroyed.
Ahead of this week’s rallies, businesses boarded up windows and police officers set up outside churches that were targeted last month. Crews were seen wrapping a protective layer of plastic around a statue of former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry across from Freedom Plaza.
Bowser encouraged people to avoid downtown and any confrontations between pro-Trump demonstrators and counterprotesters.
People wait to enter a rally of supporters of US President Donald Trump challenging the results of the 2020 US Presidential election on the Ellipse outside of the White House on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. – Joe Biden’s Democratic Party took a giant step Wednesday towards seizing control of the US Senate as they won the first of two Georgia run-offs, hours before Congress was set to certify the president-elect’s victory over Donald Trump. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)
The Arlington County Police Department agreed to a mutual aid assistance request from D.C. police and will provide officers to assist "in the event of a significant disturbance or unrest."
D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee said Monday that some demonstrators plan to come to the protests armed. Police have a plan to crack down on gun violations, in part by identifying and arresting people who carry firearms illegally. Contee asked the public to call police if they see someone with a gun in the District.
Federal law bars guns from being carried on U.S. Capitol grounds and in National Park Service areas such as Freedom Plaza, the Ellipse and the National Mall, Bowser’s office said Sunday. It’s illegal to open carry firearms in D.C., and D.C. does not have reciprocity with other states’ concealed pistol licenses.
2:59DC Police Preparing for Large-Scale Protests as Congress Certifies Election ResultsAs Congress prepares to certify the presidential election results, D.C. police are preparing for large-scale protests. News4’s Mark Segraves reports on the National Guard once again on the streets of D.C.
Road Closures, Parking Restrictions Planned
Numerous parking restrictions and road closures are expected downtown and rolling, unplanned street closures are possible, D.C. police say.
The bottom line is for the people to regain their original, moral principles, which have intentionally been watered out over the past generations by our press, TV, and other media owned by the Illuminati/Bilderberger Group, corrupting our morals by making misbehaviour acceptable to our society. Only in this way shall we conquer this oncoming wave of evil.
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