There were several pro-Trump rallies held in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, including the "March for Trump" and the "Stop the Steal" rally in support of challenging the 2020 presidential election results. In retaliation, at least three anarchist and Antifa-linked groups planned counterprotests in the nation's capital, including the "F*** MAGA" protest. The clashing groups clashed on the streets of D.C., which resulted in four people being stabbed and nearly two dozen arrests.
The large protests in support of President Donald Trump were mostly peaceful, but violent skirmishes erupted on Saturday night between the adversarial groups.
A coalition of Black Lives Matter and Antifa supporters appear to be prepared for battle as they wield shields.
#antifa and #BlackLivesMatter form a line of shields as MPD holds their position. #MarchForTrump https://t.co/NdnbuptCWb— eric thomas (@eric thomas)1607809318.0
A horde of black bloc members are seen marching towards police and throwing water bottles and bricks at them.
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BREAKING: Antifa black bloc violently confront MPD by throwing water bottles and bricks at them amongst other proje… https://t.co/GEGo5L7AcA— TheBlaze (@TheBlaze)1607826642.0
An alleged Antifa member was physically removed from the fracas when a police officer picked him up like a child and dropped him on the street.
Antifa black bloc in DC is picked up like a baby and removed https://t.co/mQbcvOxrWq— ELIJAH SCHAFFER (@ELIJAH SCHAFFER)1607831938.0
Members of BLM and Antifa fought with the Proud Boys, despite police attempting to constantly separate the warring groups, as seen in video from Daily Caller field correspondent Shelby Talcott and Townhall senior writer Julio Rosas.
All out brawls in downtown DC between black bloc protesters and Proud Boys right now: https://t.co/ObPlnScI0W— Shelby Talcott (@Shelby Talcott)1607818254.0
D.C. police are trying to keep the Proud Boys and Antifa separate to prevent fighting. https://t.co/V7d3qnwiIb— Julio Rosas (@Julio Rosas)1607819577.0
At times, it’s just an all out brawl between the Proud Boys, Antifa, and D.C. police. Lots of pepper spray is being… https://t.co/8z1ugdDeyh— Julio Rosas (@Julio Rosas)1607820576.0
Fireworks were reportedly launched towards the hotel that the Proud Boys were staying at, according to Matthew Miller from the Post Millennial.
Firework explodes in police line. Antifa seemingly used it to create a hole in the line so some of them could charg… https://t.co/Zvb1tDYcRa— Matthew Miller (@Matthew Miller)1607815728.0
A man dressed in all black is surrounded by a group of Proud Boys, some of them are heard yelling, "He's got a knife!" One person walks behind the man with the knife and hits him in the head with an object. The group then jump on the man, and apparently, that is when the stabbings happened.
Chaotic scenes in DC as person carries knife into violent political street brawl. At least one person ends up stabb… https://t.co/ILMSZSbchS— Andy Ngô (@Andy Ngô)1607854302.0
The exact moment that the man drew his knife was captured by SWNS chief photographer Adam Gray.
A member of the #ProudBoys is stabbed during violent running street fights in #WashingtonDC tonight #DC #DCProtests… https://t.co/VoW3fwwpEj— Adam Gray (@Adam Gray)1607827386.0
The four people who were stabbed were said to be in critical condition, some suffered "life-threatening injuries," according to D.C. fire spokesman Doug Buchanan.
Reports of at least 2 stabbed here on 11th Street in DC. Victims being transported from the scene now… https://t.co/SzpR60ePwQ— Brendan Gutenschwager (@Brendan Gutenschwager)1607826229.0
Proud Boys pray for the members who were stabbed, asking for a "moment of silence" for two "brothers" who are "fighting for their f***ing life" and "might not f***ing pull through."
Proud Boys pray just outside BLM Plaza for PB who was stabbed earlier in the night. https://t.co/AHnpAAI1HH— Matthew Miller (@Matthew Miller)1607831525.0
Two police officers sustained non-life-threatening injuries and two people with minor injuries, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser's office said.
@DCPoliceDept assisted an injured female officer as she limped her way outside of the counter-protest zone as civi… https://t.co/4jd2vRvSQv— ABC 7 News - WJLA (@ABC 7 News - WJLA)1607827147.0
The Metropolitan Police Department reported making 23 arrests on Saturday: 10 for simple assaults, six for assaults on police officers, four committed "riotous acts," two charged with "crossing a police line," and one person had a taser and was charged with "possession of a prohibited weapon."
Video from reporter Brendan Gutenschwager appears to show the man with the knife being arrested.
DC Police arrest one of the counter-protesters near BLM Plaza #DC #MarchForTrump #ProudBoys #Antifa… https://t.co/HLCyA2dwhy— Brendan Gutenschwager (@Brendan Gutenschwager)1607834460.0