Kim Carter, who said God told her to come to the Atlanta rally from Jacksonville, Fla., Said she was sure Mr. Trump would be re-elected. She asked a member of Mr. Hill’s group if he could send armed operatives to Florida to protect her and her neighbors from Antifa activists after the election is permanently canceled, as she believes.
“Another four years, because God is the one in control of it,” Ms. Carter said.
Pro-Trump rallies have been held in a number of other communities across the country. More than 100 people gathered at a rally in St. Paul, Minnesota to display Trump’s flags and call on the state’s Democratic governor to ease coronavirus restrictions in the state. In Spanish Fort, Ala., A suburb of Mobile, about 100 people demonstrated, according to images released by WKRG-TV. “We want to be part of the national ‘Stop the Steal’ movement,” said one speaker. “That’s why we’re here.”
The gunfire in Olympia, Wash. Came after supporters of Mr. Trump and counter-protesters gathered near the State Capitol on Saturday afternoon. The groups had clashed before the shooting, with some people throwing objects and punches. The air in the street was clouded with smoke grenades and a sledgehammer, and police in riot gear later arrived at the scene.
The two groups of protesters dispersed later in the afternoon, and a large area on the edge of the Capitol campus was surrounded with a crime scene tape while a police officer and other officials assessed the situation. . Several vehicles, including one with a Trump sticker, remained in a parking lot at the scene, with a scattering of stones and broken glass.
Clashes also erupted between opposing groups in Washington, DC, where videos showed people dressed in Proud Boys gear hitting and kicking counter-protectors who were wearing helmets. The police intervened and sprayed a sledgehammer on some of the men involved in the fighting. Another video showed anti-police protesters bickering with police officers and throwing at them what appeared to be a wooden stick.
Overnight, four people were stabbed near 11th Street and F Street Northwest, according to Douglas Buchanan, a spokesman for the city’s fire department. The mayor’s office said the four men were in critical condition, adding that two police officers were also injured and taken to hospitals. The authorities did not provide any further details, including which groups of protesters the injured belonged to.
Throughout the day, police arrested at least 23 people, including six accused of assaulting a police officer, the mayor’s office said.