Pro-Trump Protesters Gather for a Rally in DC Ahead of the Electoral College Vote Count

APB News

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

By Mike Leventhal

APB News on site in Washington DC the day before Congress is scheduled to confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory, supporters of President Donald Trump traveled to the nation’s capital to join in downtown D.C. for the first of two days of protests this week.

D.C. police say they made six arrests on Tuesday night, arresting three men and two women while the U.S. Park Police arrested one person.

D.C. police told APB News that Two people who were arrested are from Asheville, North Carolina, one of whom is facing several weapons charges, including carrying a pistol without a license while some of the arrests were for multiple charges, ranging from carrying a pistol without a license, carrying a rifle without a license, high-capacity feeding device, unregistered ammunition, unregistered firearm, assault on a police officer, simple assault, possession of a prohibited weapon (stun gun), traffic-related offense and possession of illegal fireworks.

Pro-Trump protesters gathered at Freedom Plaza, where speakers voiced opposition to the results of the 2020 election results, echoing the president’s unfounded claims of fraud.

Thousands were arriving every hour on Tuesday, including the far-right extremist Proud Boys, whose leader was arrested on Monday night when he arrived in D.C.  Henry “Enrique” Tarrio is no longer in custody, but a judge on Tuesday ordered him to leave D.C and to stay away until his next court appearance. Tarrio is accused of burning a Black Lives Matter banner that was torn down from a historic Black church in downtown D.C. last month.