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‘Trump is my president’: Protesters gather in DC a day before Congress certifies election, clash with police at night

WASHINGTON — Crowds of President Donald Trump’s supporters gathered Tuesday, a day before planned rallies and protests likely to attract conspiracy theorists and far-right extremists to the nation’s capital.

By Tuesday night, DC police had announced six protest-related arrests. The Metropolitan Police Department made five arrests — three men, two women — with charges ranging from carrying a pistol without a license to assault of a police officer, according to a spokesman.

The spokesman added the U.S. Park Police also made one arrest.

Fervent Trump supporters are convening in D.C. this week to contest what they call a rigged election, despite a lack of evidence of widespread voter fraud. The rallies coincide with a congressional vote to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s win in the Electoral College on Wednesday.

Before noon Tuesday, hundreds of people gathered on Freedom Plaza near the White House, many waving Trump and American flags. Vendors ringing the plaza briskly sold flag-themed hats and shirts, emblazoned with sayings from “Stop the steal” to “Trump is my president.”

Walking the plaza and waving a giant Texas flag, physical therapist Scott Swinney, 63, said he believes Trump won the election.

“If you count the real votes, he won the election,” Swinney said, referring to an unproven claim that many votes for Biden were illegal or cast late. “You’d have to have your head in the sand to not know there was cheating going on.”

Election security experts, state officials, judges, and independent observers across the USA have found no evidence of widespread voter fraud.

Swinney’s friend Marcus Wren, who waved a “Don’t Tread On Me” flag, said patriots like them would keep Biden from taking office.

“Enlightened patriots will stand up and say, ‘This will not stand,’ and they will be forced to stop it,” said Wren, 67, who owns a bottled water company in Louisiana. “If someone doesn’t stand up, our republic will be gone.”

Swinney said that based on crowd sizes, he believes Trump easily has more support than Biden. Wren referred to the “deep state” attempting to steal the election, a conspiracy theory about a group of powerful elites that allegedly run government and society.

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