Thousands of MAGA fans descend on D.C. to protest Biden win – but Proud Boys leader ordered to stay awayJanuary 5, 2021
THOUSANDS of MAGA fans descended on Washington D.C. to protest Joe Biden winning the presidency on Tuesday.
Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio has been ordered to stay away from the demonstration, however, after his arrest on Monday.
The demonstration came the day before members of Congress are to vote to certify the results of the 2020 US Presidential election, and the same day that voters in Georgia went to the polls to cast votes in the Senate runoff race.
Ahead of the vote, conspiracy theorists, members of the Proud Boys extremist group, and militia groups were expected to be among those gathering to protest election results.
Pictures showed crowds of demonstrators gathered in Washington DC, as they showed support for President Trump.
Demonstrators were seen clad in MAGA gear, many not wearing masks and with little social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Protesters held signs with messages that said things like, "We the people have our standing! Our Constitution has standing!" and waved Trump and American flags.
One flag read: "Trump is my president."
Tarrio – who was reportedly released from jail on Tuesday after he burned a Black Lives Matter banner allegedly stolen from a church – was ordered to stay out of the District, The Washington Post reported.
Despite repeated backless claims from Trump, his team, and supporters that he won a second term and the election was rigged, elections officials have repeatedly said there is no evidence of voter fraud that would alter the outcome of the election.
Officials in DC geared up in preparation this week as demonstrators planned the gatherings to protest the results of the election.
DC Police shared an advisory that there would be "parking restrictions & potential street closures" amid expected demonstrations from January 5 to 7.
The National Guard was also deployed amid anticipation of possible outbursts over Biden's win.
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