As word finally came Saturday after an exhausting and tense week that Joe Biden will become the 46th U.S. president , cities across the nation braced for a darker side: potential violence.
Some supporters of President Donald Trump flocked to state capitols as encouraged by a campaign called “Stop the Steal,” an effort to delegitimize the vote count that was booted from Facebook for spreading misinformation and inciting violence.
“We all know why Joe Biden is rushing to falsely pose as the winner, and why his media allies are trying so hard to help him: They don’t want the truth to be exposed,” Trump said in a statement after the race was called. “The simple fact is this election is far from over.”
In the middle of a few exchanges of heated language, the initial counter-protests were largely orderly in the hours following the declaration of Biden’s victory.
Yet Trump’s supporters stayed adamant. Hundreds were building outside the State Capitol in Lansing , Michigan, waving posters reading, “It’s not over” and shouting, “We won!”
Several hundred Biden backers stood nearby, encouraging the party to recognize the outcome of the polls.