Four stabbed, one shot at Pro-Trump rallies in DC and Olympia

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Members of the proud boys kick a counter-protester to the ground during a pro-Trump demonstration in Washington DC.

Encouraged by President Trump’s dangerous rhetoric that he refused to accept the election results, his supporters – including far-right groups – rioted in Washington DC and the streets of Olympia in Washington on Saturday night, resulting in violence, injuries and multiple casualties. arrests.

Two months after Trump told the Proud Boys, a far-right men’s organization whose story had sparked violence, “stand back and stand by it,” the group got involved in violent clashes with opponents on so-called “Stop The Steal”. meeting in DC.

Four people were delayed in DC and one was shot in the Olympics when thousands of Trump supporters gathered in several state capitals to protest the alleged “stolen election,” two days before the election collage confirms that Joe Biden is the next American. President.

At least 33 people were arrested in DC and four were taken to hospital with stab wounds, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) said. Eight police officers were injured in connection with the protests, an MPD spokesman told BuzzFeed News.

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A counterattack and a Trump fan face each other during the Olympic political clashes in Washington.

In Olympia, the police declared a pro-Trump protest near the Capitol to unrest on Saturday afternoon following violent outbursts between supporters and opponents of the president.

A 25-year-old man was arrested in connection with Saturday’s shooting on the capital’s campus and jailed on charges of first-degree assault, a Washington state patrol said.

It was part of the “alleged shooter” [the] appropriate “group of pro-Trump protesters while the victim was a counter-protester,” of which [the] is gone, ”Chris Loftis, a Washington state patrol spokesman, told BuzzFeed News.

“In order not to give antagonist groups the attention they seek with their confrontational, provocative, illegal and unsafe actions, we only call them‘ left ’and‘ right ’,” Loftis said. “The shooter was part of the right.” . The victim was part of the left. “

Loftis said the victim was taken to a local hospital and did not respond to law enforcement, so he could not talk about his current condition.

The demonstration began peacefully in DC, with Trump’s supporters of all ages marching between the Capitol and the White House, and the demonstration attended by speakers such as far-right radio presenter and conspiracy trader Alex Jones, Trump’s former foreign policy adviser Sebastian Gorka and recently pardoned Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

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The U.S. Supreme Court rejected Texas ’last effort to challenge Biden’s victory in four battlefield states, and it was the most recent and significant loss in Trump’s desperate, unfounded, futile bid that overturned election results after several failed legal attempts in other states. happened.

However, Trump continued to encourage unfounded demands for widespread voter fraud, and his supporters supported the so-called “Stop The Steal” and “Million MAGA Marches.”

At Saturday’s rallies, speakers and supporters of the president continued to push for the false narrative that the 2020 election was won by Trump and not Biden.

“We decide the choice,” Flynn told fans near the Supreme Court building, the New York Times reported. “We are fighting a battle in America,” he said.

After tweeting to support protesters, Trump flew over the gathering in Marine One as Andrews headed for a common base.

As night fell, violence broke out between the Proud Boys and the counterattackers in several parts of the city.

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Members of the proud boys kick a counter-protester to the ground in Washington DC.

Police arrested 33 people on various charges, including an attack with a deadly weapon, an attack on a police officer, disorderly conduct and a violation of weapons.

Four people suffered stab wounds during the riots, but it is unclear to which groups the victims and the attacker belonged. The victims were taken to hospital and suffered non-life-threatening injuries, the MPD said.

A police report sent to BuzzFeed News referred to a New York Post video that captured the stabbing incident. The video appeared to show a man dressed in black surrounded by a group of pro-Trump protesters who allegedly included members of the Proud Boy.

A police report, citing the video, said one of the protesters pushed the man as he left the group, at which point the man pulled out a knife. Police report that one of the protesters pulled the man’s mask and another person hit the man in the head several times, the Post said in a video.

As the group surrounded the man again, there was a “knife-received” scream in the video. The knife man was then seen being chased by several Trump-party protesters.

Officers arrested 29-year-old Phillip Johnson from northwestern DC for abuse of a dangerous weapon.

According to documents provided to BuzzFeed News, three of the four stabbed victims traveled to DC; one from Tennessee, one from Minnesota and one from North Carolina. The whereabouts of the fourth victim were unknown.

DC police are also investigating the transparent burning of the “Black Lives Matter” as a possible hate crime, according to a Religion News report.

A Twitter video shows the Proud Boys tearing down a BLM banner from Asbury United Methodist Church, the city’s oldest African-American church, which has remained in its original location. In a video posted by a Daily Caller reporter, members of the Proud Boys can see the name of the church on it and cheer.

Proud Boys and Trump supporters burn the BLM banner while chanting and cheering in downtown DC:

“It hurt especially to see our name Asbury in flames,” said Reverend Dr. Ianther M. Mills, pastor of the Church. statement. “For me, it was reminiscent of cross burnings. Seeing this act on video, I was outraged and determined to fight the evil that was raising its ugly head. We were so confident that no one would ever damage the temple, but it happened.”

“Since 1836, the Asbury United Methodist Church has been on the corner of NW 11 & K Street in Washington, DC,” he said. We are resilient people who have trusted in God through slavery and the Underground Railroad, the Jim Crow, and the Civil Rights Movement, and now that we are facing an obvious rise in white superiority. “

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In Washington state, shortly after the protest, violence broke out between the two groups – which quickly became rioting.

“Both groups were heavily armed, including firearms,” Lieutenant Paul Lower, Olympia Police Department, told the Associated Press. “They fought between them, with two factions with opposing political beliefs.”

Local CBS subsidiary, KIRO reported that a total of four people were injured in the riot and police made four arrests.