WASHINGTON — Demonstrations over President Donald Trump’s loss at the polls have resulted in charges against nearly two dozen people in Washington, including a person accused of setting off a commercial firework and four people accused in an assault that left the victim unconscious on the street.

The arrests came during and after protesters and counterdemonstrators clashed Saturday in Northwest Washington. Several thousand people rallied during the day in support of Trump, whose motorcade briefly drove by the gathering protesters Saturday morning on the way to the president’s Northern Virginia golf club.

Trump supporters marched from Freedom Plaza to the Supreme Court Building, across from the Capitol, during the day. Their activities and those of counterdemonstrators grew increasing tense and took a violent turn in the early evening. Videos posted to social media showed numerous incidents of shoving and punching as well as a fireworks explosion and a man shoving and knocking down one person before being shoved and punched unconscious himself by others.

A 26-year-old District of Columbia man was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon after discharging the firework at several people, the Metropolitan Police Department said in a news release Sunday.

Police said in another statement that four people, all but one confirmed as District residents, were arrested on various charges related to a man being knocked unconscious by one person and then assaulted by the others. Whether that incident was depicted in social media video was not clear.

Police also reported a stabbing victim was treated at a hospital for nonlife-threatening injuries. Four police officers were injured as they responded to the unrest, and eight firearms were recovered, the department said.

Police said at least 10 of those arrested were from the District of Columbia while others came from neighboring Maryland and Virginia. Some of those arrested were from New York, New Jersey, South Carolina and Georgia, police said, and more suspects were being sought as authorities reviewed surveillance footage.

Several other cities on Saturday saw gatherings of Trump supporters unwilling to accept Democrat Joe Biden’s Electoral College and popular vote victory as legitimate, including Phoenix; Dallas; Las Vegas; Austin, Texas; Lansing, Michigan; and Salem, Oregon. Cries of “Stop the Steal” and “Count Every Vote” were common despite a lack of evidence of voter fraud or other problems that could reverse the result.

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C.D.Reid

"Black lives matter and Antifa represent the absolute vermin of our society." "They were created as the Marxist foot soldiers of the Democrat Party and given a pass by the leftist-controlled media.” Candace Owens.

That's hitting the nail smack dab on the head.

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olefool

Except that the "absolute vermin of our society" are alive and well in the White House and GOP run Senate. Trying every trick they can to steal an election from the rightful winner. Imagine that.... the GOP accusing someone else of trying to steal the election when that's been their own plan all along, and they bragged about it all along too.

francesca_easa

I volunteered at Obama's 1st inauguration parade in subfreezing temperatures. I went as a regular citizen to Obama's 2nd inauguration to show my support for our president. I thank Obama for Obamacare and killing off some evil people. He was a good president and a regular Joe, who cared about people.

I also went to Trump's rally this weekend. There were 3 types of groups there - 1) radicals (like Proud Boys); 2) those who support Trump because of a single shared interest (anti-abortion, anti-socialism, pro-flag, pro-2nd amendment) 3) And those like me. Good people, who love this country. Not geniuses, but not dumb-illiterates as many of you call us.

Most marchers had masks. The media definitely took the photos they wanted. There were also many tourists, observers, diners, etc. who had nothing to do with the rally and were also out on that beautiful day not wearing masks.

Trump lost the election because of his nasty behavior and his disregarding the enormity of the virus. But the race was alot closer than many people expected.

Those of you who slam Trump should also consider that there are those of us who share the ideology that our country comes first and that we have been more than generous with too many people who take advantage or don't even like us. That we are not willing to sacrifice our good men and women for problematic countries and have them come home in body bags. That we should not be paying out millions to global organizations with few results to show for it. That we want a country with people who believe in a free market, following the law and working hard to get what you want. And being grateful instead of entitled.

It is time we prioritize not only getting rid of this virus, but controlling the rampant crime that is appearing in too many American cities, cleaning up trash and pollution and rebuilding our infrastructure. And for Christ's sakes -- BALANCE THE BUDGET!!!!

I would like a government that fights to protect our planet, preserve our open spaces, and push for new energy jobs that will first be offered to those workers who get displaced from coal and gas and manufacturing. On these last points I trust Biden to do what Trump would not.

I will go on record to thank Trump for these things -- 1) putting America first; 2) withdrawing our troops from endless wars; 3) setting up military hospital ships to help with the overflow of patients in LA and NY; 4) Operation Warp Speed in formulating a Covid vaccine; 5) building a robust economy -- pre-pandemic; 6) giving relief checks directly to the American people; 7) pushing for immigration reform; 8) ending the Iran Arms deal; 9) working for free these past 4 years -- perhaps our do-nothing Senators/Representatives should do the same for a year.

I have respect for the presidency. I trust that Biden and his team will always try to do what is in the best interest for the American people. I am also sure that he will have no fun being harrassed by the media and those who are only ultra-Republican.

I am sure there will be plenty of antagonists who will read this and throw insults at me. I will not comment any further.

threecents

Great photo of woman dressed in red vs. woman dressed in blue. Photo #2 is ironic because it shows someone dressed as Biden in an old prison uniform, when soon the real Trump will be in an orange jumpsuit in a NY state prison.

phydeaux994

ATTENTION TRUMP SUPPORTERS!! There was no Organized Election Fraud of any consequence. It’s once again, it’s the unEducated and the deplorable’s believing the LIES Trump feed’s them. Not ONE of Barr’s or Giuliani’s Investigations has ever “come true”, and not ONE ever will. Four years of broken promises by DJT and you ain’t caught on yet? That is a pathetic record.

threecents

Trump supporters are still in their alternate fact world. It may take years for them to make their ways off of flat earth.

jerseygrl42

The animals are at it again on orders from the deep state dems.

Hayduke2

Once again, DELUSIONAL post...

Hayduke2

So the mystical Dems deep state elected a Democratic president but lost seats on the down ballot? [lol][lol][lol][lol]

bosco

Jersey, those were "mostly peaceful" protestors from the "mythical" Antifa who were assaulting and beating down Trump supporters in DC. Is it still the "Summer of Love"?

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newspostreader

Trump is prolonging his concession as long as he can. On a daily basis he sends the message that the election is rigged and this helps gain money from his supporters to help fight the election. HOWEVER - In the disclaimer for the donation it says that 60% is going to pay campaign debt, which he has a lot of. This way he can once again take advantage of people to pay off his bills.

olefool

Trump cannot allow anyone to learn what has been going on in the White House over the past 4 years, hence, no transition cooperation and all the phony fraud claims, anything to keep the light off of him and his cabal of charlatans and treasonous appointments and their activities, why else are they all just "acting" and not undergoing security and background investigations Does Putin really have a chair in the Oval Office??? I haven't even the fiasco he's created in allowing the pandemic to wash over our once exceptional land and peoples. Are there no patriots left in the GOP willing to call a spade a spade, it's getting too deep folks.

jloo

Proud to be part of the #resistance!!

matts853

To what, jloo? To what?

Hayduke2

Resistance to facts and reality Matt

public-redux

Just curious. Does anyone here think Biden's victory is the result of fraud?

I'm not saying that the fraud rate was zero. There may have some fraudulent votes this just as there probably are in every election. The question is whether Biden won because of fraud. Anyone?

newspostreader

public-redux - No. I do not think there was any amount of fraud that would have changed the outcome. Do I think there was some fraud? Yes, on both sides, but nothing that would change the outcome. I saw a lady interviewed who outright admitted to voting for Trump twice by going to two different polling locations, so he can't say there isn't fraud on both sides.

awteam2000

Newspostreader, That would be like going to two ATM machines and withdrawing all your funds out twice. One transaction is going to bounce.

bnick467

Yes, and doing so is against the rules. Attempting fraud is still considered fraud even if you fail.

threecents

I had same response as AW. Also, that could be a felony, so exceptionally bad judgement to do that and then admit to doing it.

gabrielshorn2013

Nope.

DickD

Trump and the Trumpettes, all poor losers. Makes them suckers and losers. Where did that phrase come from? Was that Trump making fun of the military?

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DickD

Heal the nation? Is that why Trump and the rest of you call the election rigged and a fraud. Violent supporters, you mean the ones at Trump's hate rallies?

pdl603

Dick, the media you subscribe to, including this rag, have not told you everything about what has occurred during the election. One question, why is there a member of Bidenz transition, Peter Nefenger, who is the CEO of Smartmatic the company who provides the software for the corruptible Dominion voting machines? Once the evidence, of fraud, is on the table before certification of the election takes place what will you do? Riot? Or, like most civilized Americans, will you allow a thorough evaluation of all ballots cast in the 23 or so democrat run states who used the machine and software combo?

phydeaux994

Who tells you all of this secret information piddle?? Do only RRR(RadicalRightRepublicans) get these revelations that are withheld from everybody else? When are these fraud claims going to be coming public? The Department of Home Security said the 2020 Election was the most secure in the Nations history. Why don’t you believe them??

phydeaux994

BTW piddle, when will the results of the Barr and Giuliani Investigations of Hunter and Joe in Ukraine be revealed, AS PROMISED. Take off your Dunce Cap and put on your Thinking Cap piddle. Quit being so GULLIBLE.

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C.D.Reid

Can't legitimately refute what I wrote so you respond with something totally ridiculous and childish. Keep up the good work, Hay. [thumbup]

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awteam2000

CD, Hillary conceded the day after the election even though winning the popular vote and Obama invited Trump into the White House two days later to assist in a smooth transition.

Sure, they where unhappy they lost but were willing to put their personal feeling aside for the unity of the country. Remember? They where less consumed by the loss and more interested in the peaceful transition of administrations, not rolling on the floor spitting up their “animal cookies” like Trump.

Trump was the one whining with unsubstantiated claims about Hillary’s email server from 2009 and Obama spied on him, going on years after he won the election. Remember?

I would like to see Trump refusing to leave - being dragged out of the White House, screaming and kicking.

phydeaux994

Answer the question DM (not CD). Are you denying your heritage, your own life of wealth and White Privilege. You have not countered one thing I’ve said with any proof of my being wrong. You gave it away, did you lie about who your Father is? YES or NO? You are a fraud DM (not CD).

C.D.Reid

Fido, who the hell do you think you are, demanding that I answer any question from you? You tell me what you're trying to prove, what my family has to do with anything, and what your concern is about any of what you claim about me, and then I might think about it. In other words, what business is it of yours?

threecents

The hypocrisy on the right is astounding - but nothing compared to their lack of grasp on reality.

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Hayduke2

Hey CD, how did the transition go when Trump won? Any stonewalling? How about the funds he had access to - any held back? How about recognizing that Trump won and Hillary lost - any delay? How many in Hillary's circle encourgaed folks to DENY a rightful election? How many armed white supremecist types vowed to refuse to accept any laws enacted under Trump? You are delusional and refuse to accept reality.

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awteam2000

Trump coronavirus adviser Scott Atlas urges Michigan to 'rise up' against new Covid-19 measures. Isn’t that negligent homicide; encouraging people to die by their lack of precautions?

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bnick467

Where in the article does it say that it was the Trump supporters who were attacked by the counter protesters? Other news sources show that it was the violent Trump supporters who attacked the peaceful counter protesters. Are you supporting them?

Reader1954

the lack of demostrations in the streets nationwide just shows the Democrats were the cry baby sore loser troublemakers

matts853

How does that make any sense 1954?

newspostreader

Most seem to have forgotten masks. Make sure you thank them for our next lock down. It's coming.

bnick467

So why do we keep hearing from the right that it's only the Antifa and BLM protesters that are the violent ones who can't protest without it turning into a riot?

C.D.Reid

You did read that there were counter protesters present, right? And I didn't read anywhere who it was that was starting trouble and getting arrested. For all you know, it could have just been antifa and blm types who caused the problems.

phydeaux994

Except the Proud Boys were there as Trump Supporter “Security”. I wonder who owned the guns that were confiscated. BLM “types” are peaceful protesters and there have been no arrests or even mention of the phantom ANTIFA.

C.D.Reid

"BLM “types” are peaceful protesters ......the phantom ANTIFA." Yeah, right fido. [lol][lol][lol][lol][lol]

lgrace

Gee, selective writing by AP and prejudiced reading comprehension bnick? Those supporting Trump were called protestors and others were called counterdemonstrators. Nowhere did it identify which side the arrested were representing, who had weapons, who committed violence, nope, only their place of residence. Also, the police apparently weren't ordered to stand down during the Trump rally. Journalism should never be this biased..

C.D.Reid

Agreed, Igrace, it is pretty disgusting.

matts853

No CD, what’s disgusting is a president attempting a coup by sedition. All his claims of fraud are baseless. What Trump is doing to the nation right now goes far beyond disgusting: it’s blatantly Anti-American.

matts853

And a president should never be this Anti-American.

You do realize that none of his claims of fraud have a shred of truth to them? All of them have been tossed out of court and the Trump First legal team essentially stood down with their case in PA. Trump is dragging the nation down in flames with him with his baseless attacks on the very foundation of our democracy (the election). And he’s doubling down on his harm to the nation by refusing to let anyone in HIS government to help President Elect Biden.

What’s happening isn’t a legal challenge of the election results - it’s an attempted coup by sedition. Anyone not throughly disgusted by this needs to go back to civics class.

MD1756

bnick467, if you apply the demographics (10 of the nearly 2 dozen were from DC + an unknown number from MD)) to the information we have of those arrested, it is more likely than not that more of those arrested (including the one who threw the fireworks) were on the left or counter protesters rather than being the MAGA/Trump supporter protesters themselves.

That doesn't mean that the protesters aren't engaging in a futile and/or baseless effort.

Bill Watterson had a great strip for Calvin and Hobbes that applies to so much more than going to school. https://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1993/01/05/

pdl603

Just another attempt by the lefty mob to suppress Trump supporters First Amendment rights. Not surprising, but also not condemned by Uncle Joe and crowd.

Hayduke2

Wah, wah, wah.....

pdl603

Nice of you to condone the brutal treatment of a disabled man in a wheelchair struck in the face a chain in Sacramento, CA. Other examples are available for your lazy arse to find. I guess you and your party hacks are the violent mob the President warned us of.

DickD

Nope, they were all at a Trump hate rally!

pdl603

Yeah, Dick there sure was a lot of hate going on during Saturday afternoon’s rally on the mall. From what I experienced, everything violent was perpetrated by the hired criminals and hate squads that form the paramilitary wing of today’s democrat party.

awteam2000

Hateful protest want lead to a second term for Trump. If Trump was really concerned about mobs he warned would happen, he should have conceded 10 days ago...

pdl603, the landslide you predicted, crushed Trump. He lost the popular vote this time by more then the last - 5.5 million votes Versus 2.9 million to Hillary’s support and now he lost the electoral college, that you love, to Biden. Trump’s words in 2016, “by a landslide”- 306 to 232. Right? Time to get over it.

Trump has conceded by not carrying out presidential duties. No guidance or actions on the rising covid numbers, no stimulus package, no transitional access, even not forwarding congratulation calls from foreign leaders to Biden.

Yep, he recognizes he lost but not over his temper tantrum. Two months left to carry-out “Helter Skelter“. Your guy.

Hayduke2

Wah, Wah, Wah... Don't put words in my mouth bro.

C.D.Reid

"Wah, wah, wah." What's that hay, your impression of the Sore Losers the last four years?

Hayduke2

CD - who won the election and is the president elect? Trump or Biden?

C.D.Reid

I haven't heard that either one has officially been declared the winner yet, hay, have you? It appears to me Trump is still contesting the election, as well he should be. Let me know when the results are OFFICIAL and I'll answer your question. Got it?

Hayduke2

CD - figured that would be your answer.

C.D.Reid

Then why the hell did you even bother to ask, hay?

matts853

First amendment rights?! To protest based upon lies from the President. Too funny. Try sedition, piddle.

pdl603

As usual I can count on your ignorance to shine through even on the cloudiest days. Freedom of speech is our right no matter what form it takes. Sedition is one of your party’s inbred traits as evidenced by Obama’s corrupt FBI and DOJ.

matts853

A President spreading lies about the results of the election, and encouraging his supporters to resist is NOT free speech. It’s sedition. As fir the rest, the FISA debacle didn’t change the facts found in the Meuller report. Trump wasn’t a victim. And it’s sunny out!!!

Hayduke2

PDL - simple question. Who won the national election to be president?

threecents

Pdl, Please start to accept reality.

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