A Fascist march on the nation’s capital turned violent over the weekend, as at least one person was stabbed and 20 suspects were arrested, during a protest of President Donald Trump’s supporters who deny the Democrat Joe Biden has legitimately won the election.
Two police officers were injured and several firearms were confiscated by law enforcement authorities.
Biden’s 306 vote electoral college majority is assured by states where he prevailed in the general election voting, which was conducted amid the worst pandemic in more than a century.
Biden held a lead in the popular vote that is nearly six million more than the total of ballots cast for the incumbent Republican.
Fueled by false and unfounded charges leveled by Trump, angry right wing activists clogged the streets of Washington DC and other cities around the nation screaming, “Four More Years,” “Stop the Steal” and “Coubt Every Vote.”
Among those crowds were members of the Proud Boys, a neo-fascist group known for using violence against political rivals, and
Video feeds show fistfights breaking out, projectiles being thrown and clubs swung as Trump supporters clashed with ordinary Americans who reject conspiracy theories peddled by Republican political operators.
Trump personally egged on the boisterous and sometimes violent display by directing his motorcade through streets packed with his supporters while heading off for a day at his Virginia golf resort.
Fury over the prospect of the transfer of power mounted during the week since Biden’s victory became apparent largely due to Trump’s unrelenting insistence that he won the election even after results clearly showed he lost.
About 10,000 people–few among them wearing masks that stop the spread of deadly coronavirus germs– marched from Freedom Plaza to the Supreme Court building.
There, the crowd was addressed by Marjorie Taylor Greene, a racist Georgia Republican who expressed belief in the bizarre Q-Anon conspiracy theories and was elected to Congress.
The chaos unfolding since Trump was defeated has not improved the international standing of the United States, which was considered the leader of the free world before Trump was elected in 2016.
Al Jazeera published an opinion column from a Palestinian writer, Susan Abulhawa, who said: “Donald Trump has been the most honest expression of the United States we’ve ever seen in a president. For those of us who’ve watched or felt the sheer barbarity of the United States’ war and surveillance industry around the world, this is clear.”
Abulhawa also asserted that “the only thing that truly separates him from past presidents is that he turned the ethos of supremacy, racism, and division inward, whereas his predecessors – in all their polish, at times eloquence, winning smiles, and even tempers – unleashed them on the defenceless of the world.”
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