Jerry Babb and Robert Beckner stood on a brick frame and watched the crowd of tens of thousands gather for Freedom Plaza the Million Maga March.
“America is beautiful,” Babb said, with a sea of Trump burying flags in front of him. “And America is back.”
The crowd sang the national anthem sporadically in cheers for the president. The rally began at Freedom Plaza on Saturday morning, and would end in a crowd of hundreds and thousands by late afternoon.
A large number of protesters traveled cross-country, from where Los Angeles and Seattle were to show their support for Donald Trump. A group with the banner of “Korean American Support 2020 President Trump” said they had come from South Korea for the election and showed up to support their man again on Saturday.
Craig Johnson, who moved 14 hours from Florida, was handing out dollar bills featuring a photo of Melania Trump.
“Isn’t she gorgeous?” He asked the protesters to walk. “This is my first lady.”
“I want this nightmare to end,” he told the Guardian. “I haven’t slept much since the election because I’m sad that Donald Trump is not our president. Although he is going to be our President.
Johnson was not the only one with such strong confidence in Trump’s claims, without evidence, that the election was rigged – and after all major media organizations called for the Democrats to refuse Joe Biden Dia, at Electoral College from 306–232.
60-year-old Babb said Trump was the best president he had ever “done everything he said”.
Beckner said that he started a petition for a recruiter and already had 18,000 signatures. He was confident that there would be a comeback, and Trump would “absolutely” emerge as the winner.
Many supporters were relieved by the combination of the state’s ballot count and mistrust of the media, and Trump had a belief that, in fact, won the presidency – it was not just being reported. Steven Roknik, who came from Hobart, Indiana, said it was “mysterious” how Trump was reported to have lost the election.
“Trump was winning, he was in a landslide election,” Roknic said. “And then in the middle of the night he stopped counting, and mysteriously all these votes appeared for Joe Biden. I don’t buy it.”
Rokonic, among others, said the coronovirus epidemic was “orchestrated” and his role in turning the election over to Democrats.
Minority groups had a large presence, predominantly Asian American. But Alexandira Juarez, from Buxton, Maine, wore a “Latinas for Trump” T-shirt and said: “I absolutely love Trump and what he has done for this country, and he was robbed for four more years . “
When asked about the issue of child segregation, the most controversial of Trump’s policies, and one that primarily affects Latin American immigrants on the southern border, Juarez said he did not believe they actually fell apart Were.
Tony Capo, an Egyptian-American pharmacy student from New York, said he was attending a rally just to support an election audit. He went from being a Democrat to support Trump, this time in 2016.
“We just want an audit to vote, I’m not trying to say that voter fraud is necessary,” he said. “But the fact that some high officials are denying an audit is strange.”
A Muslim, he said Trump had condemned white supremacists and racism, and Trump’s Muslim ban was not a ban against Muslims, but occurred in countries with concerns with large Muslim populations. As he spoke, the crowd behind him “four more years!” mantra. Capo made him happy.
Hong Kong came from Hong Kong American couple Denise and Mikami Lam. They were celebrating outside the Supreme Court because of Trump’s policy towards China, which he described as beneficial for Hong Kong.
By late afternoon, Trump supporters insisted outside the Supreme Court, where they met hordes of counter-protesters. The two groups were separated by a barricade and law enforcement officers, but also briefly collided after rumors spread that members of the Proud Boys extremist group were present. Some supporters were seen cheering the Proud Boys and wearing the Proud Boys hats. The Guardian could not independently verify that the people wearing the Proud Boys gear were actually from the group.
The crowd included people from backgrounds and communities. Some shouted at the protesters. But some were all smiling, only to celebrate in the capital.