ANTI-Trump protesters and MAGA fans clashed with cops during the “count the vote” demonstrations on the third night of unrest across the United States.
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During a protest in New York City last night, cops arrested 18 peopleCredit: AP:Associated Press
In Arizona, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones riled up Trump supportersCredit: AFP or licensors
In Detroit, Trump fans clashed with Biden supporters Credit: AP:Associated Press
MAGA protests also raged in Miami after Florida was called for TrumpCredit: Reuters
While election officials feared for the safety of their staff, rallies raged in DCCredit: EPA
Violence erupted on the streets of New York City yesterday as tensions escalated once more in lower Manhattan, where cops arrested 18 people – and one protester allegedly pushed his bike over an officer’s neck.
“Some were issued summonses and released. Charges and further updates to follow,” an NYPD spokesperson told The Sun on Friday morning.
“Levon Wheeler was engaged with officers and in the course of arrest being made, he pushed a large heavy (bike) chain to the arresting officer’s neck,” police said.
The 30-year-old was booked and charged with Felony Assault, Attempted Criminal Obstruction Breathing, Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct last night.
Shocking footage from the “We Choose Freedom” rally emerged showing what one reporter described as “violent arrests” being made near Washington Square park during the fraught election battle.
The NYPD said an irate protester attempted to strangle an officer with a chain as the race heats up across the country, protests rage, and election officials scramble to finish the count.
“The suspect was apprehended & will be charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon & attempted strangulation,” NYPD News tweeted, as another clip showed people marching to the chant of “all cops are bastards.”
In the disturbing videos, cops can be seen arresting people, while another detained person wearing a sparkly silver ball gown can be heard yelling “b****, where are my f***ing shoes” as they’re led away by cops.
On the same day Trump’s son Donald Jr called for a “total war” over the vote count and his dad declared a premature victory, election officials in several states feared for the safety of their staff.
Alex Jones joined a group of Trump supporters protesting Arizona’s ballot countingCredit: AP:Associated Press
Infowars host Alex Jones yelled, ‘You ain’t stealing s**t’Credit: Reuters
Some Trump supporters brought firearms to the protest in Arizona, which allows people to openly carry gunsCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Sheriff’s deputies provided protection for ballot counters in Maricopa CountyCredit: Reuters
Angry groups also gathered at critical vote tabulation sites in Phoenix, Detroit and Philadelphia, decrying counts that showed Biden was in the lead or inching towards a 2020 victory.
Local officials were distressed by the crowds and concerned about the relentless accusations of voter fraud peddled by Trump, whose was lambasted by some of his fellow republicans for declaring he’d won.
MAGA hat-wearing Trump supporters again descended on the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center last night, accompanied by the irate conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
Jones – who recently claimed medics at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center were trying to “deliberately kill” Trump in a “Deep State” scheme – was cheered on by people carrying military-style rifles and handguns.
“You ain’t stealing s**t,” Jones roared into a megaphone, parroting Trump’s unfounded claims of a “fraudulent” election steered by the Democrats in cahoots with “big media, big money and big tech.”
At the center, authorities used fences to create a freedom of speech zone and keep the entrance to the building open, while the crowd chanted “Count the votes!” and Four more years!” as cops looked on.
They listened to Trump’s White House address, where he alleged “tremendous corruption” in the vote, singling out mail-in ballots which he suggested were suspicious in being “overwhelmingly” for his rival.
A judge rejected Trump’s legal demands in Philadelphia, where the count continuesCredit: Rex Features
The count began on November 3 and is set to continue until November 6Credit: Rex Features
In Philadelphia, police are investigating a group who allegedly drove up from Virginia in a Hummer to unleash an attack at the Convention Center where the final votes are being counted, The Sun learned on Thursday night.
A man has been arrested and the investigation is ongoing, police sources said.
“Count Every Vote” activists danced to Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center in downtown Philadelphia, where a federal judge today rejected Trump’s attempt to stop the tally.
Nearby, 30 Trump fans wielded flags and signs behind police protective barriers and there were no reported fights – but law enforcement was on high alert in Philly as a helicopter hovered overhead.
Insults were swapped tonight, as one young woman gave a Trump fan the middle finger, who in turn, called her a satanist, reports said.
In the Pennsylvania city of Harrisburg, Republican Representative Jim Jordan led a pro-Trump rally and demanded the counting stopped from the steps of the State Capital.
Trump’s team filed lawsuits in several crucial statesCredit: AP:Associated Press
People gathered outside the Philly convention center in drovesCredit: EPA
Meanwhile, in Michigan, Attorney General Dana Nessel tweeted a plea to stop making harassing & threatening calls to her staff.
In Michigan, which was called for Biden Wednesday, the two sides clashed outside the TCF Center in Detroit.
The political division in-state reached boiling point as a maskless Trump backer squared up to a Biden fan outside a voting center, where enraged protesters demanded entry to the building to watch the count.
The demonstrations emerged after Trump’s team filed suits in Michigan, Georgia, and Nevada, as well as his reject legal complaint in PA. He’s also demanding a recount in Wisconsin, which was called for Biden.
Marchers also converged at the White House – where Trump gave his incendiary victory speech yesterday evening – resulting in street closures as Anti-Trump protesters demanded that vote was counted.
Biden is currently ahead in Nevada as he inches closer to a 2020 victoryCredit: AP:Associated Press
This was headed by Shutdown DC, an organization which gathered other activist groups including 350 DC and DC Bike Party as the march kicked off at Black Lives Matter plaza from 7am.
A car caravan also met in front of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, while demonstrators on bikes peddled off from Freedom Plaza.
Near the Republican National Committee headquarters on Capitol Hill, Ed Martin, president of the conservative political organization Phyllis Schlafly Eagles, hosted a “Stop the steal” accompanied by MAGA fans.
They carried banners like “Latinos for Trump. Stop the steal,” while Medea Benjamin, co-founder of activist group Code Pink stood next to Martin in counter protest.
By Friday morning, Trump’s lead over Biden in Pennsylvania plummeted to 22,398 votes, 49.59 percent to 49.26 percent, per the Associated Press.
Gwinnett County in Georgia stopped counting ballots for the remainder of Thursday night, reported NBC News, and no more results were expected from Nevada either.
Biden was leading in Arizona by 46,257 votes in the early hours of this morning after 90 percent of the votes were counted.
Biden and Trump need 270 electoral votes to become the 46th president of the United States.
HOLDING A RECOUNT
Joe Biden has a slender lead over Donald Trump in the race to 270 electoral votes.
The Democrat has so far flipped three states that Trump won in 2016 – Michigan, Wisconsin and Arizona.
But the President wants a recount of votes in Wisconsin and has filed lawsuits to stop vote counting in both Michigan and Pennsylvania.
The recount of votes can be complicated because the guidelines are set at state and sometimes local levels.
Wisconsin – a recount cannot be requested until election results are verified on December 1. State rules also dictate that a recount can only be requested by a candidate if the race is separated by a margin of one per cent or less.
Michigan – the state conducts an automatic recount if candidates are separated by a margin of 2,000 total votes or less. To get a recount by request, a campaign must submit a petition over alleged fraud or counting errors within 48 hours.
Pennsylvania – the state only provides an automatic recount if the race is separated by a margin of 0.5% or less, or if election officials find irregularities in the results
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