Trump news live: The latest updates as President tells police at MAGA rally “don’t hold back !!!

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Police officers line up as they monitor protest following Freedom Plaza’s “Million MAGA March” to Supreme Court
Several thousand supporters of Donald Trump gathered in Washington DC to protest the results of the US election on Saturday, with clashes and at least 20 arrests.

In a series of late-night tweets, the president claimed that “the radical left ANTIFA SCUM” was responsible for the violence and urged the police to “do your job and not hold you back !!!”

On Saturday, Mr Trump – who still refuses to concede defeat as Joe Biden claimed a decisive Electoral College victory – spent another day playing golf. The president insisted that there was “enormous evidence of widespread electoral fraud” but did not provide evidence that there had been tampering on a scale large enough to tip the election in his favor.

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Susan Rice, a former senior diplomat and national security adviser under the Obama administration, is the latest in a group of bipartisan leaders who have argued that Donald Trump’s refusal to concede the election and formally begin the process of transition harms national security – with a warning that its actions could “cost us dearly in American lives.”

Critics of the president might think this is already playing out with Saturday night’s clashes in Washington.

Here’s the full story:

Tom BatchelorNovember 15, 2020 09:23

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Trump attacks ‘scum’ counter-protesters in Twitter rant

The president took to Twitter just before midnight Washington time to present his thoughts on the violent clashes.

Various charges, including assault and possession of weapons, have been filed against those arrested, officials said. Two police officers were injured and several firearms were found.

Earlier in the day, he had nodded approval to the rally by sending his procession through the fan-lined streets before heading to his Virginia golf club.

Here’s how the president responded:

Tom BatchelorNovember 15, 2020 9:01 AM

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Trump walks through the United States, in photos

Supporters of US President Donald J. Trump face counter-protesters as they gather at the State Capitol in Sacramento, California

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Trump refused to concede the 2020 presidential election to his Democratic challenger

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Two people, one with a Proud Boys shirt, gesture with the White Power sign, as Trump supporters gather at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC

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Trump supporter faces counter-protester in Washington

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Proud Boys members clash with Black Lives Matter protesters in Washington

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Tom BatchelorNovember 15, 2020 8:56 AM

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MAGA rallies turn violent in the United States

Several thousand Trump supporters gathered in Washington to protest the election.

There has been at least one stabbing and 20 arrests in the U.S. capital and several other cities have seen rallies of Trump supporters refusing to accept Democrat Joe Biden’s constituency and popular vote victory.

Cries to “stop the theft” and “count every vote” continued despite the lack of evidence of voter fraud or other issues that could reverse the outcome.

After dark, the relatively peaceful protests in Washington turned from tense to violent.

Videos posted to social media showed brawls, projectiles and clubs as Trump supporters clashed with those demanding to take their banners and leave.

Tom BatchelorNovember 15, 2020 8:48 AM

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Hello and welcome to our continued coverage of all things Donald Trump, after a night of clashes in Washington following a “Make America Great Again” rally that turned violent.

Tom BatchelorNovember 15, 2020 8:46 AM

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