The “Million MAGA March” didn’t quite live up to its name, though more than a thousand Trump supporters did show up on Freedom Plaza in a show of solidarity with the president, who has spent the last week desperately seeking to overturn the results of the election by falsely claiming widespread voter fraud.
Accompanying Trump supporters was a large contingent of Proud Boys, a violent street gang whose accomplishments include a call from the president to “stand by.” Other militia groups, including the Oath Keepers, and members of the right-wing extremist group Boogaloo Bois were also present, according to reporters on the scene.
Demonstrators came out to support Trump’s baseless claims that widespread voter fraud in states that Trump lost by thousands of votes means that Biden’s Electoral College victory is illegitimate. Trump and his legal team have provided little to no evidence of the alleged fraud and have lost multiple court battles in the process. Trump’s refusal to submit to reality has also caused him to turn against Fox News, which has accurately called the election for Biden.
Counter-protestors also made their voices heard, though they were largely separated from Trump supporters by police. As of Saturday afternoon, no arrests had been reported.
While Trump encouraged his supporters to come out on Saturday in a tweet that also teased his own appearance, the president could only be bothered for a drive-by wave. Multiple videos on Twitter showed the president’s motorcade roll past his most ardent supporters, waving through a window on his way to Sterling, Virginia, where he planned to play golf for the day.
Some supporters chanted “Four more years!” as the motorcade drove by, Reuters reported. But when the march ends, and Biden is sworn into office on Jan. 20, Trump’s supporters ― much like the president himself ― will have to face a harsh reality: There won’t be another four years of the Trump presidency.