Trump Supporters and Counter-protesters Clash Following DC Rally

Headline Roundup November 15th, 2020

Supporters of President Donald Trump clashed with counter-protesters Saturday after people gathered in Washington, D.C. for the “Million MAGA March," held in protest of the 2020 election results. Local reports said that while protests during the day were mostly peaceful, one person was stabbed, four officers were injured and 21 people were arrested Saturday night as fistfights and brawls broke out between members on each side. On Saturday evening, Trump called counter-protesters "Human Radical Left garbage" and "Antifa scum," and criticized D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser for "not doing her job."

Coverage from left-rated outlets tended to frame the protest as supporters "falsely" disputing the election results; some noted that members of QAnon and the Proud Boys were purportedly present. Right-rated outlets tended to focus on details of the march and of violent encounters; some noted that "supporters and likely members" of Antifa and the Black Lives Matter movement were purportedly present.

Trump Supporters and Counter-protesters Clash Following DC Rally

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ANALYSIS

The culture wars of Donald Trump’s America materialized into a battlefront near the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, for the so-called “#StoptheSteal” protest or “Million MAGA March.”

Galvanized by misinformation and fake news, more than 10,000 Trump supporters—including QAnon conspiracy theorists, far-right Proud Boys, militia members, online trolls, and religious zealots—traveled from around the country to claim that the election was “stolen” or “rigged” on behalf of Joe Biden. (Biden was declared the winner last weekend and currently holds a 5 million-vote lead in the popular vote over...

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From the Right
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Supporters and likely members of the far-left Antifa network and the Black Lives Matter movement were captured on video assaulting President Donald Trump supporters in Washington on Saturday.

Thousands of Trump supporters turned out for a large march to protest against alleged election fraud. Some pro-Trump marchers also engaged in violence.

While a collection of videos showed chaos and it was difficult to discern who instigated the fights, other footage from reporters on the ground showed anti-Trump protesters assaulting pro-Trump marchers without provocation.

In at least several cases, people affiliated...

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Supporters of President Trump and counterprotesters clashed Saturday night after what was a mostly peaceful day of demonstrations in support of Trump and in protest of the election results.

One person was stabbed and more than 20 others arrested, according to local reports.

Violent clashes between Trump supporters and counterprotesters that were caught on tape by The Washington Post showed members from both sides lunging at one another. Objects can be seen being thrown through the air, and people can be seen punching one another.

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