A protest march by President Donald Trump’s supporters in Washington on Saturday apparently is one of several grassroots events the Trump campaign is anticipating in the wake of reports and claims of fraud in the election.
The “Million MAGA March” will start midday, with some groups meeting at the U.S. Supreme Court and proceeding to the White House and others planning to start at Freedom Plaza and march to the Supreme Court, according to the event’s Twitter account.
News of the march erupted after several news organizations on Saturday declared Democrat nominee Joe Biden the winner of the race with several state results still in dispute.
Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said Saturday’s protest could be one of several relatively spontaneous events that similarly have occurred throughout the year.
“These would be grassroots rallies, as we’ve already seen pop up in a variety of states since Election Day, organic shows of support like the tractor and boat parades have been all year,” he said.
The Washington Examiner quoted an unidentified “Trump insider” as saying that some advisers have suggested the president continue to hold campaign rallies to motivate and engage his base of supporters, but Murtaugh said no events have been planned.
Details of the Saturday’s event have been distributed on social media, raising concerns of counterprotests and violence, the Examiner said.
Reports on Twitter of busloads of groups and others arriving from out of town have raised the concern of Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser.
“We continue to follow those activities and be prepared for those activities,” she said. “Our police chief will have a similar posture this weekend as he did last week, and we will be there to support peaceful exercise of First Amendment demonstrations."
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