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Video: Crowds gather in Tampa, Florida ahead of Super Bowl

“It’s surreal, it didn’t really set in until, you know, Friday or Saturday you quit work, and for the last couple of weeks it was kind of like, OK, we’re really in the Super Bowl. We are truly in the Super Bowl at home. We are in Tampa. We play on our field. “People need hope, especially now, since 2020, and I think 2021 is going to be a better year, I feel it deeply, it will be a better year in all areas. Yeah, and sport brings people together. I love this.”

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Video: Small group of armed protesters gather at Michigan Capitol

Small group of armed protesters gather at Michigan State Capitol In Michigan, government officials and law enforcement officials braced for the possibility of significant violence ahead of the inauguration, but by the end of Sunday, only a small group of armed protesters had ventured into the state capital. Hlou and Kassie Bracken.

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TimesVideoWatch Live: Electoral College Voting in Georgia On Monday, voters in the states of Georgia will gather to officially vote in the Electoral College.

TimesVideoWatch Live: Electoral College Voting in Georgia On Monday, voters in the states of Georgia will gather to officially vote in the Electoral College.

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Thousands of people gather in Washington as clashes erupt.

Thousands of President Trump supporters protesting the election result gathered in Washington on Saturday, earning a brief drive-through tour from the president himself, during a day of orderly protests that turned into violence as the night wore on.

Police made 20 arrests, including four on gun charges, as counter-protesters and Trump supporters clashed in the streets throughout the evening. One person was stabbed, but his condition was unknown on Saturday evening.

For most of the day, however, the crowds were under control, so loud, and many greeted the president with applause and cheers as he passed in his procession, waving through the window as he walked through. to his private golf club in Sterling, Virginia.

By early afternoon, protesters had spread out for several blocks around Freedom Plaza.

On Twitter, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany offered an exaggerated assessment of the event, called the Million MAGA March, claiming that a million supporters had surrendered.

Field reports suggested his estimate was extremely inflated.

“It’s not like July 4th or anything,” said a policeman who was stationed near Freedom Plaza on 13th and G streets. He declined to give his name because he was not allowed to speak to the media. “But yes,” he added, “there’s a crowd there.”

Even short of numbers, the crowd did not lack enthusiasm for the president or outrage at the grievances he has raised over the past four years.

Zenaida Ochoa, 46, a Virginia resident from Arizona, said she “has been following Trump since I was a child.”

“He’s not perfect,” said Ochoa, who added that she supported Mr. Trump in part because of his immigration policies.

Mr Trump’s brief visit on Saturday came a day after the last two election states were called. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. won Georgia to finish with a total of 306 electoral votes – the same number Mr. Trump won in 2016 and called for a landslide – and Mr. Trump won the North Carolina, for a total of 232 electoral elections. votes.

Mr Trump refused to concede the race to Mr Biden, and he continues to falsely insist that he would have won without what he claimed were widespread election irregularities. (In fact, the country’s top election officials said there was no evidence that fraud or other irregularities played a role in the result.)

In addition to the Million MAGA March, protests by Trump’s worshipers in Washington on Saturday included a Stop the Steal rally and a Women for Trump event.

The president’s supporters traveled from across the country to participate.

“I’m blown away,” said Rachel Williams, an employee from Jasper County, Alabama, who got into a car with three friends at 5:30 p.m. Friday morning to watch the march in Washington. “I’m encouraged that America isn’t just going to bed.”

Ms Williams said there had been no fraud in her county – she registers voters as part of her job – but expressed suspicion about the election results and suggested there may have been fraud elsewhere. A group of federal, state and local election officials categorically said this week that the election “was the safest in American history” and that there was “no evidence” that the voting systems had been compromised. .

At around noon, protesters began marching toward the Capitol, hurtling down Pennsylvania Avenue for over an hour, and rallying again around the Capitol building and outside the Supreme Court.

“We want Trump to know that we love everything he’s done, especially for Hispanics,” said Anthony Cabassa, 33, who held a flag that read “Defiant.”

“He woke us up,” said Cabassa, who had flown from Los Angeles. “Whether you’re on the left or on the right, he’s woken up a lot of people.”

Later that day, as many Trump supporters began to walk towards Union Station, more than 40 men who identified themselves as members of the Proud Boys, an extremist organization, began marching towards Freedom Plaza.

The men, dressed in yellow and black, raised their fists in the air and chanted “Trump 2020”. Some were wearing ballistic vests.

A few skirmishes broke out in the afternoon among Trump supporters and counter-protesters critical of the administration.

On 12th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, tensions erupted between a crowd of Trump supporters criticizing the antifa and a small group of counter-protesters, including a mother and child.

As the night wore on, videos on social media showed erupting brawls, with police trying to break up the groups by forming barricades with their bikesand demonstrators mass near Freedom Plaza, where people lit small fires.

In the evening, at PJ Clarke’s restaurant near the White House, counter-protesters threw bottles and fireworks at a group of Trump supporters, a USA Today reporter said.

Shortly before 9 p.m., a group of Trump supporters outside a hotel less than a mile from the White House said an altercation had broken out between Trump supporters and others they called antifa. Reports said a man was stabbed and police at the scene shortly after the incident said they could not confirm the severity of the injuries.

Some Trump supporters, standing outside the Embassy Suites hotel, said the two groups converged on the corner of 10th Street and New York Avenue in northwest Washington.

They said the melee quickly broke down after police intervened.

“You could feel the intensity,” said Damien Courtney, 24, a Trump supporter from Tennessee. “It was scary.”

Allyson Waller and Maggie Haberman contributed reporting from New York and Zach Montague from Washington.

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With Arizona too close to call, Trump supporters gather at a counting site in Phoenix.

PHOENIX – More than 150 supporters of President Trump, some of them armed, gathered outside the Maricopa County election office on Wednesday and chanted “Count the vote,” as officials did under the protection of sheriff’s deputies.

Early results in Arizona show Joseph R. Biden Jr. in the lead, but Trump supporters believe that could change with the last vote count.

Keely Varvel, chief deputy recorder for Maricopa County, said counting would continue despite the protest. “We still plan to finish our ballot processing work and release more results tonight,” Ms. Varvel said.

Without citing evidence, some Republicans accused election officials of manipulating the results to indicate Mr. Trump was losing in Maricopa County, which is home to about 60% of Arizona’s population.

“The only way Biden can win Arizona is by being cheated,” said Jim Williams, 67, a welder who attended the protest. “I won’t accept a victory from Biden. I don’t want to live under the communist regime.

Many in the crowd were holding Trump flags and many people were waving AR-15 rifles and other firearms. Some also chanted “Fox News sucks,” reflecting their displeasure with the network’s decision on Tuesday to call Arizona for Mr. Biden, a move other media outlets later followed.

The last time a Democratic presidential candidate won Arizona was Bill Clinton in 1996, and Maricopa County has not voted for a Democrat for president since 1948. But demographic changes have transformed Arizona in a state of battlefield.

On Wednesday evening, Mr Biden led Mr Trump to Arizona with less than 80,000 votes, or less than three percentage points, with about 14% of the total votes still outstanding. In votes so far from Maricopa County, Mr. Biden leads by five percentage points.