Chaos Erupts In D.C. Ahead Of Election Certification Vote — Protesters Face Hostile Encounter With Police, Results In At Least Six Arrests

Hundreds of Trump supporters gathered in Washington D.C. in protest of the congressional certification of Joe Biden’s victory in the November 3rd presidential election, according to Fox News.

police arrested at least six people for a number of offenses, including weapons and ammunition possession, possessing a stun gun, and assaulting a police officer, authorities said.

Many of the protesters gathered in Freedom Plaza, east of the White House.

Hundreds remained in the plaza into the night amid cold temperatures and as rain swept into the area.

David Wideman, who traveled from Memphis, Tennessee said, “I’m just here to support the president.”

“Washington is being inundated with people who don’t want to see an election victory stolen by emboldened Radical Left Democrats. Our Country has had enough, they won’t take it anymore! We hear you (and love you) from the Oval Office. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” he wrote.

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Mayor Muriel Bowser called in the National Guard to aid with crowd and traffic control. Bowser urged residents to stay away and avoid confrontations.

“We will not allow people to incite violence, intimidate our residents or cause destruction in our city,” Bowser said.

Bowser reminded the public and anyone attending the rally that firearms were prohibited “within 1,000 feet of any First Amendment activity.”

Trump said he would be speaking to his supporters in Washington at 11 a.m. Wednesday during a “SAVE AMERICA RALLY.”

Trump urged Antifa activists to stay out of Washington calling them a “Terrorist Organization.”

“Law enforcement is watching you very closely!” he continued.

DC police Chief Robert Contee III said that guns were not a allowed at the demonstrations

“We know that historically over the last few demonstrations that BLM Plaza has been a focal point. We want to make sure that that is not an issue.”

From Fox News:

Local authorities had braced for the possibility of violent clashes ahead of the rallies. Businesses boarded up their windows in the downtown area in fear of damage to their stores after many were impacted during the unrest and rioting in the nation’s capital last year.

A number of prominent Trump supporters were expected to attend, including Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and longtime Trump ally Roger Stone, the recipient of a pardon by the president.

During previous pro-Trump protests, police sealed off Black Lives Matter Plaza, just north of the White House, but the confrontations spilled out to the surrounding streets. Black Lives Matter Plaza was sealed off again Tuesday.