Thousands of supporters of Donald Trump demonstrated on Saturday in Washington, in a rather festive last stand, to show their “love” for the president, whom they believe to be the victim of an electoral “theft”, without being able to bring any the proof.
In a tide of American flags, red “Make America Great Again” caps and “Stop Theft” signs, at least 10,000 people gathered in the Freedom Plaza, a stone’s throw from the White House.
An unusual scene in the heart of the American federal capital, which on November 3 voted more than 90% for Joe Biden, whose Donald Trump and his most loyal supporters still refuse to recognize the victory, announced a week ago.
“President Trump deserves to see who is behind him, to feel the love we have for him,” said Kris Napolitana, a 50-year-old from neighboring Baltimore.
Others, like Pam Ross, who drove more than eight hours from Ohio in the north of the country, came from much further away for this rally called, in some confusion, by different groups, including the militia. far-right “Proud Boys”.
“They (the Democrats) are trying to propel Joe Biden to power as quickly as possible because they know that the theft of the election will eventually be proven,” she assures under her pink “Women for Trump” hat.
The American president, who had suggested the day before in a tweet that he could come and greet them, was able to see some of his supporters from his armored limousine when he left the White House in the morning to go to the golf course.
“Hundreds of thousands of people are showing their support for (Washington) DC. They will not accept a rigged and corrupt election!” He tweeted in the afternoon, obviously exaggerating the scale a crowd.
Its spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany even went even further by evoking in defiance of the facts “more than a million people”.
– Campaign meeting atmosphere –
In an atmosphere of a campaign rally, with music and street vendors, most of the demonstrators did not wear masks and still said they believed in the possibility of a second term for the Republican.
“It’s going to be very complicated, but anything is possible with God’s help,” said Kathleen Erickson, whose plane to Washington from Colorado was “full of Trump supporters.”
Originally from Pennsylvania, one of the most contested states, Greg calls on him to be patient until the legal remedies brought by the Republican camp are exhausted: “If it works, Trump will win. Otherwise, we will be back in four years. “.
The shops in the city center of the capital, cut off to traffic, were still largely barricaded on Saturday behind plywood sheets, the announcement of counter-demonstrations raising fears of clashes despite the large police presence.
In the late afternoon, Washington police announced that they had made 10 arrests, including four for firearms offenses and one for violence against a police officer, without giving further details.
The results of all states have now been announced by the major US television channels. Joe Biden won 306 voters, against 232 for the outgoing president, the reverse score of the victory of the Republican billionaire – who then spoke of a “tidal wave” – against Hillary Clinton in 2016.
A recount of the votes must take place in Georgia, where the gap is very small between the two candidates, but its outcome will not change the final result: Joe Biden has, whatever happens in this state, the 270 necessary voters to open the doors of the White House.
The former vice-president of Barack Obama, who will turn 78 next week, went out on Saturday morning for a bike ride near his vacation home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
Donald Trump, he continues to maintain confusion about his intentions.
It seemed Friday on the verge of recognizing the victory of his rival, before recovering in extremis.
“I think time will tell which administration we will have, but whatever happens in the future, who knows, I can tell you that this administration will not impose lockdown,” he said.
Several federal agencies have directly contradicted the president.
“The November 3 election was the safest in the history of the United States,” several local and national election authorities, including the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), said in a joint statement, which depends on the Ministry of Homeland Security.