The fervent protests surrounding the 2020 US election reached an ugly head Wednesday afternoon — but it had been steadily brewing for weeks and its implications could last for years.
The prospect of a huge gathering in Washington, D.C., was first revealed by President Trump as far back as Dec. 19, as he continued to deny losing the election to Joe Biden.
“Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!” he tweeted of the protest to mark the day Biden’s win would be certified.
So, after weeks of hype, by 6 a.m. Wednesday thousands had already gathered around the Capitol for what was touted as the “Save America Rally.”
At 10 a.m., Trump’s attorney, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, rallied the crowds by saying he was “willing to stake [his] reputation” on election fraud.
“And if we’re wrong, we will be made fools of,” he said. “But if we’re right, a lot of them