“People want to come forward and have their voices heard,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told Fox when asked about the event on Thursday. “I mean this president – look, he got more votes than any Republican candidate, or for president I should say, in the history of our country and in fact he got more Republican votes than n ‘any candidate in the history of our party in 2016. ”
The president did not win the presidential election and, in all likelihood, lost the popular vote by the millions, but he and his allies continued to claim without evidence that Democrats misled the results in statements and a series of lawsuits across the country.
The simultaneous protests in the capital, including the Million MAGA march as well as various ‘Stop the Steal’ events, are a physical manifestation of the outrage that is spreading in conservative circles online, and are expected to attract a large cross section of Trump- supporting factions, including radical anti-government vigilantes like the Oath Keepers and Three Percenters, Infowar followers, alternative right-wing activists, neo-Nazis, as well as other supporters of the president.
Many groups have reportedly not applied for or been accepted for event permits, and some of their organizers have been dismantled from Facebook, Eventbrite and Mailchimp for spreading misinformation and other violations of those networks’ policies.
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser said she was aware of the presence of groups like Proud Boys and was monitoring the situation.
“We continue to monitor these activities and prepare for these activities,” said Ms. Bowser. The hills. “And we will be there to support the peaceful exercise of the First Amendment protests,” she added.
The planned protests have inspired a series of counter-events, including events called “F *** MAGA” by local anti-fascist and anarchist groups, who have brawled in the past with groups like the Proud Boys in cities like Portland. .
It is the latest in a series of divisive protests, as President-elect Biden sets up a new administration as the president and his supporters continue to protest the outcome.