Hundreds of supporters of President Donald Trump demonstrated this Saturday in downtown Phoenix, Arizona, to challenge the election of Joe Biden as president of the United States. The protesters, some of them members of far-right armed militias, accused the media of conspiring to steal the elections, an attitude that they described as “blow”. The vote count in Arizona is not over yet, although Biden is slightly ahead of Trump by more than 18,600 votes. In this state, 11 electoral votes are at stake.
It is not the first time that these rallies of Trump supporters have occurred both in front of the Maricopa County Department of Elections, where they ensure without evidence that there have been irregularities, such as from the State Capitol. “Count the legal votes! We are watching you! “Protesters shouted from outside to people conducting the scrutiny. Sharron Morris, a 51-year-old coach, said:” I want my voice to be heard. It is wrong to win elections by fraud. The American way is to win peacefully and honestly, and that’s not what is happening here. ”
Saturday’s concentration, however, It rose in tone when the Trumpists threatened with breaking through the security fence that protects the polling place, while shouting “We all know that President Trump won this election!” or they sang “freedom or death!” The armed protesters, with modern assault rifles, belonged to the supremacist groups ‘Proud Boys’ and ‘Three Percenters’, whom Trump has encouraged at some point during his presidency.
At one point, pro-Republican protesters clashed with a small group of young counter-protesters that waved Mexican and American flags in a corner. “I think it’s ridiculous that they have gathered here,” said Jacko Valencia, 19, a Biden voter. “They have no evidence that there has been electoral fraud,” he added.