The far-right, male-only group, the Proud Boys, will descend onto Washington, D.C., in protest the identical day Congress plans to certify Electoral College votes, formally confirming President-elect Joe Biden’s win.
Though the group is not going to put on its traditional black and yellow colours Jan.6, the Washington Times first reported that the chief of the group, Enrique Tarrio, stated members would gown “incognito,” in Antifa’s conventional all-black attire.
“We will spread across downtown DC in smaller teams,” Tarrio wrote on the social media platform, Parler.
“And who knows….we might dress in all BLACK for the occasion,” he added.
Congress is predicted to certify the election’s outcomes, regardless of a number of GOP lawmakers saying they are going to object to sure state’s votes if an emergency 10-day audit shouldn’t be first accomplished.
The calls to object have been spearheaded by Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Josh Hawley, R-Mo., and are primarily based on allegations of voter fraud and adjustments states made to mail-in voting guidelines throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
President Trump has continued to allege voter fraud associated to mail-in voting, however the Supreme Court has refused two instances from the Trump marketing campaign, and greater than 50 lawsuits have been dismissed in decrease courts throughout the nation.
Polls nonetheless present, nonetheless, that many Republican voters imagine the election was “rigged.”
Trump in flip has urged supporters to protest the Jan. 6 Senate vote. He has tweeted out rally particulars and prompted quite a few teams to fulfill in D.C. to strain Republicans to object to the Electoral College vote.
“The BIG Protest Rally in Washington, D.C., will take place at 11.00 A.M. on January 6th,” Trump stated Friday. “Locational details to follow. StopTheSteal!”
The Proud Boys made headlines final summer time, clashing with Antifa and Black Lives Matter protesters within the aftermath of George Floyd’s loss of life whereas in police custody in Minneapolis.
Some protests throughout the nation turned violent and demonstrations continued for months. Following the election, pro-Trump supporters launched Stop the Steal protests fueled by the president’s continued claims that the election was “stolen” from him.
Last month, 4 individuals have been stabbed and 33 arrested after pro-Trump supporters clashed with counterprotesters within the nation’s capital as individuals gathered in entrance of the Supreme Court and at Freedom Plaza.
Videos surfaced displaying D.C. police making an attempt to regulate Proud Boys and Antifa fights throughout the town, ensuing within the hospitalization of a minimum of two law enforcement officials.
At least 4 protests are deliberate on Jan. 6 by totally different pro-Trump teams, together with by Women for America First, and the Eighty Percent Coalition – a brand new group fashioned following reviews that almost all of Republicans assume the election was “rigged.”
Threats of violence, and plans to deliver firearms into the District and arrange an “armed encampment” on the Mall have surfaced in on-line boards, reported The Washington Post.
The Metropolitan Police Department introduced street closures from Jan. 5-7 in anticipation of the protests and stated autos will probably be restricted for “public safety.”
The division additionally reminded the general public Thursday that carrying a firearm “within 1,000 feet of any First Amendment activity,” together with “members of the public who have been issued a Concealed Carry Permit in the District of Columbia,” is strictly prohibited.