In Washington, D.C., at least four people were stabbed Saturday as thousands of maskless Trump supporters rallied on the National Mall demanding the reversal of Joe Biden’s election victory. Police cordoned off parts of downtown Washington and used pepper spray and batons on counterprotesters who rallied in opposition to the Trump supporters. At least 33 people were arrested.
The stabbings occurred just minutes after members of the far-right Proud Boys organization tore a “Black Lives Matter” banner from one of the oldest African American churches in Washington and burned it in the street. Another historically Black church was similarly vandalized. In an October debate with Joe Biden, President Trump name-checked the Proud Boys and told them to “stand back and stand by.”
Black Lives Matter DC organizer Anthony Lorenzo Green addressed Saturday’s violence at a press conference.
Anthony Lorenzo Green: “Our mayor and our police department allowed white supremacists to tear down and destroy property from a Black church, burn it on the ground, stand back and watch it as it happened. D.C. Police does not keep us safe. Muriel Bowser does not keep us safe.”
Meanwhile, in Washington state, police arrested a far-right Trump supporter Saturday after he allegedly shot an anti-fascist counterprotester at competing demonstrations in the state capital, Olympia.