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.
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. Police arrested at least six people during the day, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police Department said.
Earlier today, the pro-Trump crowd in Washington had at times seemed jubilant, despite setbacks in the courts and dwindling time until January 20, when Mr. Biden is due to be sworn in. They rewrote the chorus of Van Halen’s song “Jump” to say, “Maybe Trump too!” Others sold Trump-themed t-shirts and other items promoting his bogus allegations of voter fraud.
Some protesters were more convinced than others that Mr. Trump could get a second term despite the loss of the election.