Supporters of President Donald Trump and counter-demonstrators clashed Saturday night after what was mostly a peaceful day of demonstrations in support of Trump and protesting the election results.
Violent clashes between Trump supporters and counter-protestors that were caught on tape by The Washington Post showed members from both sides lunging at one another. Objects can be seen in the footage being thrown in the air, and people are punching one another.
Video caught by NBC4 reporter Shomari Stone shows several encounters between the two sides, including a Trump supporter getting pushed after he bumped up against a group of counter-protesters while holding a flag.
Another clip in Stone’s video shows demonstrators jawing at one another while a police officer stands between them.
— Shomari Stone (@shomaristone) November 15, 2020
Separate footage from Stone shows counter-demonstrators clashing with the president’s supporters outside White House when someone set off fireworks. The same video shows officers in masks pushing back a crowd trying to confront Trump supporters.
A group of people also gathered near Freedom Plaza chanting “U-S-A,” according to footage from WUSA 9 reporter Kolbie Satterfield. A report from the media outlet noted that there were flash bangs as well as fire works that went off in the area as well.
Amid the tumult, DC Police made 20 arrests on Saturday, and two officers were injured, according to Satterfield.
— Kolbie Satterfield (@KolbieReports) November 15, 2020
“Radical Left ANTIFA SCUM was easily rebuffed today by the big D.C. MAGA Rally crowd, only to return at night, after 99% of the crowd had left, to assault elderly people and families,” he tweeted.
“Police got there, but late. Mayor is not doing her job!”
Radical Left ANTIFA SCUM was easily rebuffed today by the big D.C. MAGA Rally crowd, only to return at night, after 99% of the crowd had left, to assault elderly people and families. Police got there, but late. Mayor is not doing her job!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2020
The violence erupted after what had proven to be a mostly peaceful day of demonstrations in D.C.
A flood of Trump supporters made their way into the nation’s capital to take part in what was billed under many names including the Million MAGA March and Stop the Steal DC, and started off at the Freedom Plaza around noon.
Women for America First, a group led by former Tea Party activist Amy Kremer organized the event at Freedom Plaza, where a mix of right-wing groups including the Proud Boys as well as a smattering of the president’s supporters gathered.
Most demonstrators carried signs or wore shirts alleging that there was widespread voter fraud that negatively impacted the results for Trump.
Speakers at the event like Infowars host Alex Jones encouraged the crowd not to give up hope on the election results.
“It will be weeks, maybe months, but we will stick with this president, Donald J. Trump,” Jones said.
The event came one week after President-elect Joe Biden was projected to win the 2020 election.