According to event permits issued by the National Park Service, the two rallies, held by the Million MAGA March and Women for America First, note a combined expected attendance of more than 15,000 participants, according to NBC Washington.
Five people have already been arrested even before the 11 a.m. start time of the contemporaneous events which are scheduled to run until 3 p.m. The roads will remain blocked until 11:59 p.m.
The groups have taken to the nation's capital just ahead of the Electoral College's official vote on Monday, to continue their "Stop the Steal" campaign in an improbable attempt to prove that President Donald Trump has not indeed lost the election.
The soon to be ousted 45th president has of course taken to Twitter to show his immense pride in his supporters.
"Thousands of people forming in Washington (D.C.) for Stop the Steal. Didn’t know about this, but I’ll be seeing them," Trump wrote on Twitter.
Wow! Thousands of people forming in Washington (D.C.) for Stop the Steal. Didn’t know about this, but I’ll be seeing them! #MAGA
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2020
NBC Washington reported that members of the two rallying groups arrived in Washington, D.C. on Friday evening when several of them joined together to kneel at the Washington Monument. Police reported that scuffles ensued when the Pro-Trump groups came into contact with Black Lives Matter protesters. Five people were arrested. Among the arrestees, three were from Maryland, one was from Virginia and one was from New York, according to police reports.
Five people were arrested, including one on a weapon charge, in downtown D.C. during demonstrations the night before Saturday's rally for Trump supporters. https://t.co/bJYJH6B5wm
— NBCWashington (@nbcwashington) December 12, 2020
Tennessee resident Robin Pressley, 53, is a repeat rally attendee. She and her husband, Greg told USA Today that they would return once again if the Electoral College's vote confirms President-elect Joe Biden.
“We’ll be back out here. We’re not going to quit,” she said. “We, the people, are pissed.”
Protesters marched to the steps of the Supreme Court chanting “CNN sucks, Fox News sucks too!” “Four more years!” and “Fight for Trump,” USA Today reported.
The Pressleys said they believe that God will alter the election results in favor of Donald Trump.
“I don’t know how he’s going to do it,” Robin said. “But God’s gonna take care of things.”
“Trump will be inaugurated on January 20th,” Greg said. “The last word's not been said yet.”
Multiple media outlets called the election for Biden, including Fox News which showed Biden at 306 electoral votes to Trump's 232.
Today's protests come just under a month after the first "Stop the Steal" rally, which was held on Nov. 14 and featured a variety of fights and clashes between opposing groups, as Blavity previously reported.