Shootings, Stabbings Mar a Weekend of Pro-Trump Protests
The weekend saw ugly incidents of post-election violence at right-wing street demonstrations organized to protest President Donald Trump’s “stolen” election victory.
In Washington, D.C., multiple people were stabbed and at least 33 were arrested in connection with a Saturday “Stop the Steal” protest that saw pro-Trump demonstrators boozing in the streets and vandalizing historically black churches.
Videos posted to Twitter from Daily Caller reporter Shelby Talcott show a contingent of Proud Boys—a right-wing group whose members are frequently in attendance at political street brawls—burning a “Black Lives Matter” banner reportedly stolen from the Asbury United Methodist Church in downtown D.C.
The Proud Boys and Trump supporters burn the BLM banner while chanting and cheering in downtown DC: pic.twitter.com/L16azBBhbr
— Shelby Talcott (@ShelbyTalcott) December 13, 2020
The church’s senior pastor described seeing the immolation of the church’s sign as “reminiscent of cross burnings” to The Washington Post.
The Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church also had its Black Lives Matter signs torn up by men sporting Proud Boys insignia.
— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) December 13, 2020
A D.C. resident, 29-year-old Phillip Johnson, was arrested in connection to a stabbing incident that left four people injured, and one critically so. Police have declined to say anything about the ideology or group affiliations of either Johnson or those stabbed.
Videos posted to Twitter of the stabbing incident show one black-clad man being shouted at by a group of Proud Boys as he walks down the sidewalk. A person punches him in the head, after which the punched man appears to pull out a knife and lunge at the people around him. He’s later arrested at the scene.
At least one proud boy stabbed after random lone protester fights with multiple proud boys. This protester was the only one around in a mob of a few hundred pb’s and fought with one prior to this video starting and him brandishing a knife pic.twitter.com/OeK3Zwp9cv
— barely informed with elad ????????♂️ (@elaadeliahu) December 13, 2020
This is my full HD video of the stabbing incident tonight. I have a lot more footage to come of the evening surrounding it.https://t.co/hvvvu0kulM
— Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) December 13, 2020
In Olympia, Washington, one unnamed demonstrator—described as a right-winger by the Post—was arrested and charged with first-degree assault for allegedly shooting a left-wing counter-demonstrator at a rally of a few hundred people held near the Washington state capitol building. This is the second time in a little over a week that a Trump supporter has been arrested for shooting a gun at people during protests in that city.
Meanwhile, in Michigan, both chambers of the state legislature have closed their offices on Monday in response to reported threats made against Michigan’s Electoral College electors, who are set to vote for President-elect Joe Biden in the state senate’s chambers.
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