Violence erupted in Washington, D.C., late Saturday night as attendees of the ‘Million Maga March,’ which brought thousands of President Trump’s supporters to the nation’s capital to protest the results of the 2020 election, clashed with counter protesters.
After a largely peaceful day of marching, the president’s supporters—among whom were members of militia groups like the Three Percenters, Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, as well as conspiracy theorist Alex Jones—were met by hundreds of counter protesters rejecting claims that Trump was cheated out of the election.
The two sides began to skirmish as night fell, with counter protesters aggravating marchers by trying to take their MAGA hats, signs and banners, and the president’s advocates periodically approaching the Black Lives Matter plaza where the opposition was gathering.
Photos and videos shared to social media show violent fist fights, projectiles being thrown, and people beating each other with sticks and clubs.
A man in his 20s (whose affiliation is so far unknown) was stabbed in the back amid the chaos, according to a D.C. fire official, and was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.
Two police officers were also injured amid the clashes.
At least 20 people were arrested on a variety of charges, including weapons possession and assault, and police recovered several firearms from the rally.
Attendees of the ‘Million Maga March’ were protesting the results of the election which they say, echoing Trump’s claims of widespread voter fraud, was stolen from the president. In the morning, Trump made an appearance at the rally, instructing his motorcade to pass through the cheering crowd on the way to his Virginia golf club. Before the night’s violence, the thousands of Trump supporters marched to the Supreme Court and listened to speeches from conservative figureheads.
“Trump Team Mocked For Apparently Exaggerating Crowd Size (Again)—This Time For ‘Million Maga March’” (Forbes)
“Violent clashes in DC after Trump backers’ election protest” (The Associated Press)
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