Thousands of President Trump’s supporters were joined by far-right groups such as the Proud Boys, for a pro-Trump demonstration dubbed the “Million MAGA March” on Saturday. The President’s motorcade drove past to cheers and signs saying “Best Prez Ever” and “Stop the Fraud” in reference to alleged voter fraud in the election.
The march was largely organized and peaceful during the day time. Demonstrations began around noon local time near Freedom Plaza and steadily moved towards the Supreme Court. Alex Jones, Infowars founder and known conspiracy theorist, led a group of protesters armed with firearms towards the Capitol. The march was largely to protest the election results that President Trump and other Republicans have repeatedly denounced as fraudulent without much evidence. Most attendees caught on camera were not wearing masks even amidst the ongoing pandemic.
After the day of peaceful marching, there were some clashes with anti-Trump protesters gathered to oppose the Million MAGA March. They attempted to make their way to a hotel Trump supporters were staying at then clashed with law enforcement and supporters of the President. According to LaToya Foster, a spokesperson for D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, at least twenty people were arrested for various crimes including firearms possessions, assault of a police officer, and disorderly conduct; she added that two officers with the D.C. Metropolitan Police were injured while on duty.
Around 8 p.m., one man was stabbed in the area surrounding the march. The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No arrest has been made at this time, and it is still unknown whether the stabbing was affiliated with any of the groups gathered in downtown D.C.