WASHINGTON, D.C (NBC News) As Congress gathered Wednesday to finalize the 2020 election, thousands of protesters took to the streets of Washington to support President Trump and his baseless claims about stolen votes.
The president himself left the White House to address the crowd in a dramatic, but ultimately symbolic, last stand.
“We will never give up, we will never concede,” Mr. Trump told the crowd.
The joint session of Congress counting the electoral college votes is a constitutional formality that usually goes unnoticed, but this year a handful of Trump loyalists in the House and Senate are raising objections to Joe Biden’s win in key battleground states.
They’re pushing baseless claims of election fraud, even after being soundly defeated in a series of recounts and lawsuits.
While the challenges will delay the official vote count, the president’s supporters don’t have the votes to win.
Vice President Mike Pence is constitutionally charged with announcing the results, but powerless to change them, despite pressure from President Trump.
“All Vice President Trump has to do is send it back to the states to rectify, and we are President and you are the happiest people,” Mr. Trump falsely told his supporters.
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