Trump Says He’ll Attend #StopTheSteal Protests—The Proud Boys Say They’ll Be There Too


With Congress set Wednesday to certify the Electoral College vote—the last official step needed to declare President-elect Joe Biden the victor in the November election—President Trump said Sunday that he plans to attend protests in Washington, D.C., against the certification of the results. 

Key Facts

Trump supporters plan to protest at the Washington Monument, Freedom Plaza and the U.S. Capitol, CNBC reported. 

“I will be there,” Trump tweeted Sunday, along with a promotional video for the so-called March for Trump that claims it could be “the biggest event in Washington, D.C. history.”

Members of the Proud Boys—a far-right group that has been involved in violence during other pro-Trump demonstrations—have said they plan to attend the rallies “incognito” and “wearing all black,” Business Insider reported.

Law enforcement officials in Washington, D.C., have already announced street closures in preparation for multiple events across the city on Wednesday.

What To Watch For

Eleven Republican senators including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) said Saturday they would object to the certification of the results on Wednesday unless an audit of the election results in “disputed states” is conducted, despite requests from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) that Republicans refrain from challenging the certification.

Key Background

President Trump has continued to attempt to overturn the results of the election predicated on baseless claims of voter fraud. After an unsuccessful legal campaign, he has pinned his hopes exerting pressure on the GOP to object to Congress’s certification of the Electoral College’s vote to ratify Biden’s victory. 

Further Reading

Trump Offers New Details On ‘Wild’ Rally To Protest Election Results, And D.C. Authorities Are Gearing Up For It (Forbes)

Trump, Navarro Claim Inauguration Date Can Be Pushed Back (Forbes)

‘Playing Into Our Enemies Hands’: Republicans Fracture Over Electoral College Challenge (Forbes)

GOP Senators Toomey, Murkowski Vow To Certify Biden’s Electoral College Win (Forbes)

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