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Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights: Pro-Trump rally sparks violent clashes in D.C.


Members of Gays for Trump were among those who participated in the “Million MAGA March” in D.C. on Nov. 14, 2020. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Tens
of thousands of people gathered in D.C. on Saturday to support President Trump and
his false claims that he won the election.

Trump waved to “Million MAGA March” participants as his motorcade drove past them at Freedom Plaza shortly after 10 a.m. The march ended at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Members
of the Proud Boys, a white nationalist group the Southern Poverty Law Center
has designated as a hate group, and Gays for Trump participated in the event.
Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert is among those who spoke.

The
event took place a week after President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect
Kamala Harris officially won the election. Trump continues to claim, without
evidence, there was fraud.

Media
reports indicate there was at least one scuffle between march participants and
counter-protesters near Freedom Plaza.

Additional
clashes took place a few hours later near Black Lives Plaza and outside the
Capitol Hilton on 16th Street, N.W.

One
incident involved fireworks thrown at a group of Trump supporters who were
sitting in a nearby restaurant. The Washington Post reported
a man was hospitalized after he was stabbed in the back during a melee that
broke out a few blocks east of the White House.

The Metropolitan Police Department in an email to the Washington Blade said 10 people were arrested for firearm violations, simple assault, no permit, assault on a police officer and affray/disorderly. NBC Washington reports at least 20 people have been arrested.

The Blade will update this story with additional details when they become available.

“Million MAGA March” participants in D.C. on Nov. 14, 2020. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

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