Thousands fill D.C. city streets for 'Million MAGA March'
Pro- and anti-Trump demonstrators have had minor clashed, but police as of early Saturday evening had the situation under control.
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Thousands of pro-Trump supporters mobbed the D.C. city streets on Saturday as part of a "Million MAGA March" meant to show support for the president and protest what marchers claim is a rigged election in favor of Biden.
Photos showed large crowds marching and milling about in downtown Washington. Liberal counter-protesters were also in attendance. There have been reports of some clashes between the sides, but police reportedly have controlled the situation through early Saturday evening.
President Trump made a motorcade appearance at the event earlier in the day, fulfilling a Friday intimation that he might "stop by" the march at some point.
Throngs of supporters were seen flocking to Trump's motorcade late Saturday morning. Trump was observed waving from the lead vehicle as it passed through the crowd.
Protesters in both support of and opposition to the president announced their plans to protest in Washington on Saturday after two tense post-election weeks in which Joe Biden has been broadly acknowledged to have won the 2020 race.
The pro-Trump faction turned out in favor of Trump and to protest what they claim is an effort by Democrats to steal the election from the president.
Multiple progressive groups, meanwhile, announced their intent to hold counter-protests in the nation's capital. The group Refuse Fascism said it would hold demonstrations starting around noon roughly at the same time as the conservative groups.
President Trump has not yet publicly conceded the election, though most major media networks and news organizations have called the race for Biden, projecting him to win as many as 306 electoral votes.
Trump on Friday expressed gratitude for the demonstrations.
"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," he wrote on Twitter.