- Supporters of President Donald Trump on Wednesday took to the streets of downtown Washington, DC, in protest of Congress' certification of President-elect Joe Biden's win in the 2020 election.
- Biden won 306 votes compared to Trump's 232 during the Electoral College vote in December.
- For the past two months, Trump has refused to accept his loss, and instead launched dozens of failed lawsuits while claiming — without evidence — that widespread fraud was responsible for his defeat.
- Trump, who spoke Wednesday to his supporters, had encouraged them on Twitter to come to DC to protest the certification.
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Thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump took to the streets of the nation's capital Wednesday as part of the latest effort in support of "Stop the Steal," the name given to the movement that denies President-elect Joe Biden's winning of the 2020 presidential election.
For the past two months, Trump has refused to accept election defeat and has bemoaned a ploy by Democrats to rig it, despite him and his allies providing no substantial evidence of that or of widespread voter fraud. Dozens of lawsuits filed by Trump and his legal team have been fruitless in their attempts to subvert the results.
The "Stop the Steal" movement was birthed on Election Day when supporters of the president protested for state election officials to stop counting ballots to maintain Trump's early-in-the-race lead. Trump's lead waned and eventually disappeared in the hours and days following the election when mail-in ballots were counted. The president had discouraged his followers from casting ballots by mail, while Democrats encouraged them because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
About a dozen GOP senators have said they plan to object to the certification of the Electoral College vote, which in December reaffirmed Biden's win over Trump. Biden secured 306 votes to Trump's 232. Some Republicans in the House are also expected to object Wednesday, but none of the objections are expected to impact Biden's certification.
Trump, meanwhile, has implied that Vice President Mike Pence would himself refuse to certify the results of the Electoral College vote when he presides over the Senate on Wednesday, though Pence does not have the power for such a move.
As Congress prepared to meet to certify the results, supporters of the outgoing president from across the US showed up to Washington to once more reject the results of the election. Trump had encouraged them to descend on the city.
Source: President Donald Trump, TwitterDespite claims from President Trump and his GOP allies, there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election.
Source: Business InsiderWhile standing behind a wall of glass, Trump spoke to his supporters outside the White House, repeating his baseless claims about the election.
Source: CNN reporter Daniel DaleTrump and his legal team have won zero of at least 42 lawsuits filed to overturn election results since November.
Source: Business InsiderA woman pushing a suitcase and speaker wears a white skirt with sheets of paper reading 'STOLEN' attached to it. The rally took place as the coronavirus pandemic rages through the US. More than 358,000 people in the nation have died from COVID-19.
Source: Johns Hopkins UniversityThe president's second-born son, Eric, and his wife, Lara, spoke to demonstrators outside the White House on Wednesday. Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., also spoke at the 'Stop the Steal' demonstration. DC vendors sold Trump swag at the January 6 demonstration. Merchandise for sale at the rally included flags, t-shirts, and of course, hats. A man wears a vest that references the baseless Q Anon conspiracy, which has been embraced by some Republicans.
Source: Business InsiderThousands of supporters of the president took to the National Mall and surrounded the Washington Monument. A man dressed as DC Comics superhero Superman walks in a crowd of Trump supporters holding US and Trump flags. A demonstrator holds a sign with a pro-police message. Many Democratic leaders called for police reform in 2020 after instances of violence by police.
Source: Business InsiderDC police limited access to Black Lives Matter Plaza, a location in front of the White House that was renamed by DC Mayor Muriel Bowser this summer.
Source: Business InsiderA woman carries a sign claiming "Trump Won Big" despite President-elect Joe Biden winning more than 7 million more votes than Trump.
Source: Business InsiderThe colors of the US flag, red, white, and blue, could be seen throughout the nation's capitol on Wednesday. Trump and his supporters on Election Day demanded states where Trump appeared in the lead to stop counting ballots, which served as the origin of the 'Stop the Steal' movement.
Source: Business InsiderA woman carries a sign that says 'We are Trump's adorable deplorables." Trump supporters have embraced the term after it was first used as a jab against 2016 by Hillary Clinton.
Source: Business InsiderThe rally came one day after the special election in Georgia which gave Democrats control in the US Senate.
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