Trump promises 'wild' protests on the day the Electoral College will finalise US election results
- US President Trump urged his supporters to flock to Washington DC on January 6, promising them a "wild" rally.
- January 6 is the same day that Congress is scheduled to meet to formally finalize the presidential election results.
- Although not much can legally be done on the date, many pro-Trump Republicans have said they will try to disrupt the process.
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US President Trump promised his supporters there would be a "wild" rally in Washington DC on January 6, the same day that Congress is scheduled to meet to formally finalize the presidential election results.
"Statistically impossible to have lost the 2020 Election," Trump tweeted on Saturday. "Big protest in DC on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!"
Trump was tweeting in response to a 36-page report published by economist and White House advisor Peter Navarro, which claims alleged election fraud. Many of Navarro's claims have been widely debunked.
Peter Navarro releases 36-page report alleging election fraud 'more than sufficient' to swing victory to Trump https://t.co/D8KrMHnFdK. A great report by Peter. Statistically impossible to have lost the 2020 Election. Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 19, 2020
His tweet has since been flagged by Twitter as "disputed."
The January 6 gathering between House and Senate lawmakers is considered just a formality, in which they simply approve the long-decided state electoral votes.
However, several pro-Trump Republicans have said they plan to disrupt the formal process, with Georgia's Representative-elect Marjorie Taylor Greene tweeting on Saturday: "On January 6th...I will OBJECT and REJECT the fraudulent electoral votes from several states across the country."
—Marjorie Taylor Greene ???? (@mtgreenee) December 19, 2020
Trump has refused to concede, repeatedly pushing the baseless claim that Biden won the 2020 election because of mass fraud.
Congress is set to meet on January 6 to count President-elect Joe Biden's 306 to 232 win among state electoral votes.
Two weeks later, on January 20, Biden is expected to be inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States, in what his team called a "more imaginative" virtual event.
Trump told aides this week that he might refuse to leave the White House that day, according to CNN, although few of them believe he will actually follow through on the threat.
Biden told Stephen Colbert in an interview on Thursday that while it doesn't bother him "personally" that Trump might not attend his inauguration, it still worries him how Trump's absence will look like "to the rest of the world."