WASHINGTON — Supporters of President Trump will take to the streets on Saturday in dozens of “Stop the steal” marches across the country as the president refuses to concede the presidential election to Joe Biden.
Two pro-Trump rallies, “Stop the Steal” and “Million MAGA March,” will take place in Washington, DC, and are expected to draw thousands of people to Freedom Plaza. Police have been told to expect counter-protests.
In a Friday tweet, the president suggested he would even stop by.
“Heartwarming to see all of the tremendous support out there, especially the organic Rallies that are springing up all over the Country, including a big one on Saturday in D.C. I may even try to stop by and say hello,” he wrote.
A number of famous conservative faces are expected to participate. Long-time Trump adviser Roger Stone will speak at a march in South Florida, My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell will be a “featured guest” in DC and Infowars founder Alex Jones said he would lead a caravan from Texas to the nation’s capital.
Stop the Steal 2020, the group organizing the marches — which are taking place in states including Oregon and Texas — attracted more than 300,000 members on Facebook before they were removed by the tech giant.
“In line with the exceptional measures that we are taking during this period of heightened tension, we have removed the Group ‘Stop the Steal,’ which was creating real-world events,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement to BuzzFeed News.
“The group was organized around the delegitimization of the election process, and we saw worrying calls for violence from some members of the group,” it went on.
The president has also floated the idea of hosting more campaign-style rallies where he would read the names of dead people who had votes cast for them.
While the campaign has hundreds of affidavits from witnesses who claim they saw ballot tampering and other examples of fraud, it’s unlikely that these lawsuits will change the outcome of the election.
The campaign saw a small legal victory this week in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania but dropped a suit in Arizona seeking a review of ballots in the Grand Canyon State, acknowledging that it was moot and unlikely to overcome President-elect Joe Biden’s advantage there.
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