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Trump's right-wing backers march in DC echoing his vote fraud claims

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Supporters of US President Donald Trump rally in Washington, DC, on November 14, 2020. (Photo by AFP)

Thousands of right-wing demonstrators supporting US President Donald Trump have marched through the nation’s capital of Washington, DC to echo his unverified claims of election fraud as he presses ahead with legal challenges in hopes to overturn Joe Biden’s victory.

Flag-carrying Trump supporters from across the country came out in force on Saturday to complain of alleged electoral fraud, chanting “Stop the steal!” and “We are the champions!”, as they marched from Freedom Plaza near the White House to the US Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill.

Also taking part in the protest march were many members of the far-right Proud Boys militant group, clad in black with some wearing helmets and ballistic vests.

This is while Trump’s motorcade briefly drove slowly through the march path on the way to his golf course in suburban Sterling, Virginia. Video clips circulated on social media showed Trump, wearing a red baseball cap, waving to his supporters from inside the presidential limousine.

Trump’s supporters, meanwhile, appeared fired during the Saturday demonstration.

Donald Tarca, who traveled to Washington from West Palm Beach, Florida, carried a massive US flag sporting a giant portrait of Trump, according to a Reuters report.

“I think it was rigged on multiple fronts,” he insisted about the election, adding: “Also the media was so biased that they convinced millions of Americans to vote for Biden. They hate Trump.”

Some left-wing groups reportedly planned counter-demonstrations in Washington on Saturday as well but there were no reports of major incidents.

Protesting against the right-wing marches, their opponents on social media sought to create confusion by flooding the hashtags #MillionMAGAMarch and #MarchforTrump with photographs of pancakes.

Trump mulls media ventures to prepare for 2024 candidacy

Meanwhile, with the election results becoming clearer, Trump has discussed with advisers potential media ventures and appearances that would keep him in the spotlight ahead of a possible 2024 run for the White House, aides said as cited by Reuters.

The development came as federal election security officials have found no evidence that any voting system deleted, lost or changed votes, “or was in any way compromised,” according to a statement released Thursday by the lead US cyber security agency.

To win a second term, Trump would need to overturn Biden’s lead in at least three states, though he has so far not been able to prove that he could do so in any of them.

This is while states face a December 8 deadline to certify their elections and choose electors for the Electoral College, which will officially select the new president on December 14.

Trump’s refusal to accept his loss has hindered the official transition. The federal agency that releases funding to an incoming president-elect -- the General Services Administration -- has not recognized Biden’s victory yet, thus denying him access to federal office space and resources.

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