Pro-Trump protestors, counter-protesters and police clash in DC after day of election demonstrations

Pro-Trump demonstrators, counter-protesters and police clashed in Washington, D.C., on Saturday evening after groups of the president's supporters marched to protest the result of the 2020 election. 

The demonstrations in the nation's capital marked the second time since Nov. 3 that supporters of President TrumpDonald TrumpGuardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa wins GOP primary in NYC mayor's race Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump Schumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster MORE flocked to Washington to protest President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBaltimore police chief calls for more 'boots on the ground' to handle crime wave Biden to deliver remarks at Sen. John Warner's funeral Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump MORE's Electoral College win and called for the results to be overturned. 

The president, his allies and his supporters have claimed that the 2020 election was tainted by widespread election fraud. However, there is no substantial evidence that voter fraud on this level occurred. 


Organizers planned demonstrations in front of the Supreme Court, Capitol and the Department of Justice as part of the events scheduled for the day. Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn made an appearance in front of the Supreme Court and made a speech to the crowd gathered there.

In addition, Trump himself flew over protesters in Marine One on his way to toss the coin during the Army-Navy game.

"Wow! Thousands of people forming in Washington (D.C.) for Stop the Steal. Didn't know about this, but I'll be seeing them! #MAGA," the president tweeted, acknowledging the group. 

However, as the day went on, tensions rose between Trump supporters and counter-protesters close to the White House.

Videos and pictures posted to social media depicted what appeared to be groups of Proud Boys, a self-described "Western chauvinist" group, facing off against counter-protesters in Black Lives Matter Plaza. Members of the Proud Boys were dressed in bullet proof vests, according to The Washington Post.



The newspaper reported that people were throwing fire works, causing loud explosions while police in riot gear stepped in in an effort to keep the two groups apart. 

Around 5 p.m., the first of many arrests at Black Lives Matter occurred, according to Deadspin journalist Chuck Modi, who noted that the reason for the arrest was unknown.

Police also used smoke bombs to subdue tension rising outside of a D.C. Hotel, according to footage shared from the scene on Twitter. 




At least six people were arrested Saturday, but none of those stemmed from COVID-19 regulations. D.C. police have not been enforcing mask rules or issuing fines to social distancing violators, according to the Post. 

The escalation between groups in Washington comes one day after the Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit filed by the state of Texas seeking to overturn the results of the presidential election in the battleground states of Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The justices ruled that the state did not have the legal right to litigate over how other states conduct their elections. 

Trump expressed his discontent with the decision earlier Saturday morning say that the high court "let us down." 

Still, Trump's personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGuardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa wins GOP primary in NYC mayor's race The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats await Manchin decision on voting rights bill Newsmax hires Jenna Ellis, Hogan Gidley as contributors MORE has indicated that the campaign will press on with additional legal battles to contest election results. 

The Electoral College will vote on Monday to make Biden's 2020 win official.