President Donald Trump waved from his motorcade at flag-waving supporters chanting “four more years” on Saturday, as he continues to refuse to concede the election to President-elect Joe Biden.
Trump had suggested in a tweet on Friday that he “may even try to stop by” the demonstrators, who are holding a rally in downtown Washington and then plan a march to the Supreme Court.
The president smiled as his vehicle did a slow loop around Freedom Plaza, a few blocks from the White House, on a cool, sunny morning before heading west to Virginia, arriving at the Trump National Golf Club around 10:45 a.m.
Trump has continued to assert on Twitter, without evidence, that the Nov. 3 election was rigged for Biden, even as a series of lawsuits challenging elements of the vote have been thwarted.On Saturday, hecriticized Georgia election officials for the way a recount of votes in that state is being conducted.
Saturday’s rally, billed variously as the “Million MAGA March,” “March for Trump” and “Stop the Steal,” comes one week after news organizations projected Biden as the winner of the 2020 election.
Trump and his allies have argued the contest was tainted by widespread voter fraud. There’s no evidence that fraud affected the results and U.S. officials on Thursdaycalled the election “the most secure in American history.”
Nonetheless, several thousand Trump supporters gathered for speeches by conservative lawmakers and critics, and perhaps a final performance of “Y.M.C.A.,” the president’s walk-off song from his pre-election rallies. CNN estimated the crowd at 8,000 to 10,000.
Television images showed many attendees were not wearing masks, at a time coronavirus cases in the Capital and nearby areas are on the rise.
Several pro-Trump groups have posted online about the event and far-right figures, such as Alex Jones of Infowars, have also encouraged their followers to attend.
Few counter-protesters were seen Saturday as Trump’s motorcade snaked through downtown.
Trump has been largely out of public view since election night. On Friday, delivered his first public remarks in more than a week during a Rose Garden appearance focused on coronavirus vaccine development.
Prior to that Trump last spoke on Nov. 5, when he insisted that he would “easily win” if “you count all the legal votes.” He attended a Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Ceremony on Wednesday but didn’t speak.
— With assistance by Jeff Kearns
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