President Trump called on cops to 'do your job' as he blasted counter protesters who turned up at the Million MAGA March as 'Antifa scum' as he joked that they 'ran for this hills' after violent scenes erupted in Washington DC on Saturday night .
The president claimed 'Antifa' had waited until the end of the march to attack 'elderly people and families' as he praised his supporters who 'aggressively fought back'.
'Antifa SCUM ran for the hills today when they tried attacking the people at the Trump Rally, because those people aggressively fought back,' he tweeted.
ANTIFA SCUM ran for the hills today when they tried attacking the people at the Trump Rally, because those people aggressively fought back. Antifa waited until tonight, when 99% were gone, to attack innocent #MAGA People. DC Police, get going — do your job and don’t hold back!!!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2020
Antifa waited until tonight, when 99% were gone, to attack innocent #MAGA People. DC Police, get going - do you job and don’t hold back !!! '
Trump was referencing a mass brawl that broke out at about 8pm just five blocks from the White House as counter protesters clashed with a group of Proud Boys and Trump supporters.
A man in his 20s, believed to be a Black Lives Matter protest, was left with serious injuries and rushed to the hospital after being stabbed in the back during the altercation and two police officers were also injured.
The ugly scenes lasted for several minutes as the two groups wielded batons and pushed and shoved each other until cops intervened.
DC Police rush to protect the entrance of a hotel near BLM Plaza. Lots of shoving by police. pic.twitter.com/KMoZOWjQOm— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) November 14, 2020
Another female Black Lives Matter protest was knocked the ground where she was left lying with blood covering her face as the pro-Trump group filmed her and screamed 'F *** Antifa'.
She was eventually helped from the ground and carried to a nearby bench by a police officer as the violence continued around her and cops rushed to try and separate the two groups, according to a video shared by Daily Caller contributor Matthew Miller.
Earlier, anti-Trump protesters were seen throwing fireworks and bottles at his fans as they dined outside a restaurant at around 6pm, with one Trump supporter throwing a chair back in retaliation after a firework exploded right beside him.
The Trump supporters initially tried to shout back at the large group of protesters gathered around them chanting 'people are dying while you are dining', before being forced to flee inside when the fireworks began.
D.C. police reported at least twenty arrests as of Saturday night. The tensions appeared to die down after cops successfully separated the groups and Trump supporters gathered around their hotels to celebrate.
The violence erupted after tensions mounted through the day as thousands of Trump fans flocked to the Capitol to support the president's longshot legal challenges to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's election victory.
Trump spent Saturday night slamming the counter protesters who came out to march against them, accusing them of violence and claiming that the media was ignoring the crowds who came out to support him.
He also blasted D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, with whom he has an ongoing fued, and accused her of not doing her job.
'Radical Left ANTIFA SCUM was easily rebuffed today by the big D.C. MAGA Rally crowd, only to return at night, after 99% of the crowd had left, to assault elderly people and families. Police got there, but late. Mayor is not doing her job! ' Trump wrote.
Radical Left ANTIFA SCUM was easily rebuffed today by the big D.C. MAGA Rally crowd, only to return at night, after 99% of the crowd had left, to assault elderly people and families. Police got there, but late. Mayor is not doing her job!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2020
He then went on a tweeting rampage about the media who he said had not covered the march, despite a heavy press presence.
'The Free and Fair Press is gone in our country. They only write about what they want to write about. DELETION! ' he fumed.
'The Fake News Media hardly even discussed the tens of thousands of people that came to D.C. Formed organically, and in many parts of the Country!'
Pro-Trump groups gathered in Freedom Plaza at noon on Saturday afternoon, listening to speeches before marching toward the Supreme Court. Left-wing activists also arrived to counter-protest, and minor skirmishes of pushing and shoving broke out, but police formed lines to separate the two groups.
Multiple police lines blocked Trump supporters from entering the Black Lives Matter Plaza area as night fell and tensions rose.
Those who managed to get inside the area were doused with water and saw their MAGA hats and pro-Trump flags snatched. Videos posted on social media showed some demonstrators and counterdemonstrators trading shoves, punches and slaps.
A man with a bullhorn yelling 'Get out of here!' was pushed to the street by a man who was then surrounded by several people and shoved and punched until he fell face first into the street. Bloody and dazed, he was picked up and walked to a police officer.
A man tore an American flag from a Trump supporter in DC as counter protesters yelled those Trump supporters were “lucky” they didn’t get beat up pic.twitter.com/dBKKmPFL6q— Christal Hayes (@Journo_Christal) November 14, 2020
Among the speakers was a Georgia Republican newly elected to the U.S. House, Marjorie Taylor Greene.
Greene, who has expressed support for the QAnon conspiracy theory, urged people to march peacefully toward the Supreme Court.
Police formed a line to keep the two sides separate after a large group of counter-protesters gathered, wearing black and carrying umbrellas, hallmark tactics of Antifa. 'No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA,' a counter-protester with a bullhorn chanted.
'Punch MAGA in the face,' read a large banner displayed by the counter-protesters, also showing the circled 'A' symbol of anarchists. Other counter-protesters had signs supporting BLM
Trump supporters, who appeared to massively outnumber the counter-protesters, lobbed insults at the black-clad group. 'Commie, commie,' chanted one man, as another jeered 'Go back to the basement.'
Saturday's event appeared to be the largest Republican gathering in the capital since Trump's inauguration nearly four years ago.
Controversial Infowars radio host Alex Jones led a 'Stop the Steal' caravan from Texas to DC, arriving Friday night ahead of Saturday's march.
During his show Tuesday, Jones said 'the cavalry is coming' as he urged Trump supporters to descend on Washington in 'caravans'.
Jones was spotted at Saturday's event with a heavy security detail, walking alongside Proud Boys chairman Enrique Tarrio.
The rally, dubbed the Million MAGA March, is being held in support of Trump's unsubstantiated claims of widespread election fraud that threw the race for his opponent.
Trump has made little headway in the courts with his lawsuits and for the first time on Friday he began to sound doubtful about his prospects, telling reporters 'time will tell' who occupies the White House from January 20.
There have been other pro-Trump protests around the country since Biden was projected the winner on November 7, but they have been small and unfolded with few incidents.
In addition to the Washington event, pro-Trump protests and counterprotests are planned in other major cities around the country.
'Heartwarming to see all of the tremendous support out there, especially the organic Rallies that are springing up all over the Country, including a big one on Saturday in D.C. I may even try to stop by and say hello,' Trump wrote on Twitter on Friday.
The pro-Trump demonstrations in Washington and other cities on Saturday are scheduled to feature a mix of the president's backers, far-right personalities and members of the Oath Keepers militia and Proud Boys in a public display of support for his effort to stay in power.
Organizers have given the rallies various names, including the Million MAGA March, the March for Trump and Stop the Steal. MAGA is an acronym for the Trump campaign slogan 'Make America Great Again.' Trump has tweeted his support.
Protesting against the marches, opponents on social media sought to create confusion by flooding the hashtags #MillionMAGAMarch and #MarchforTrump with photographs of pancakes.
Some left-wing groups are planning counter-demonstrations in Washington and other cities.
Law enforcement had warned of potential violence around the election, including from extremist groups, which so far has not come to pass. Experts on extremist groups said that the Washington demonstrations had the potential to become violent if protesters clashed with counterprotesters.
Christopher Rodriguez, Washington's Homeland Security and Emergency Management director, said his agency was tracking about a dozen groups each made up of 'about a dozen' people who had indicated they would attend on Saturday.
'I don't want anyone to think we are talking about large numbers of folks,' he said at a news conference on Thursday.
Rodriguez stressed that those attending the rallies would not be allowed to carry weapons. 'Violence will not be tolerated,' he said.
Other Trump protests took place in Delray Beach, Florida, where several hundred people marched, some carrying signs reading 'Count every vote' and 'We cannot live under a Marxist government'.
In Lansing, Michigan, protesters gathered at the Capitol to hear speakers cast doubt on results that showed Biden winning the state by more than 140,000 votes. Phoenix police estimated 1,500 people gathered outside the Arizona Capitol to protest Biden's narrow victory in the state.
Before leaving the White House on Saturday, Trump launched a series of tweets on various topics. He attacked officials in Georgia over voting procedures there, earning a warning label rebuke from Twitter.
The president also called on Congress to agree to a pandemic stimulus bill and wished the country a happy Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.
As well, he also struck out at New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, saying that any delay in distributing an eventual COVID-19 vaccine there would be the fault of state authorities.