A week after the election named for Joe Biden, thousands of President Trump backers assembled in the nation’s capital on Saturday to unfairly say that the campaign had been taken from the guy they loved—who quickly agreed to accept them in person.
Not long after 10 a.m., Trump drove down Pennsylvania Avenue in his motorcade, welcoming the celebrating protesters—nearly all without masks—who rushed to Freedom Plaza to catch a peek.
The President, who declined to admit or encourage the formal transition to begin, grinned and waved from the car window as crowds packed the street to pursue him.
“He drove right past me. I saw him. He waved right past me,” one man said, squatting to collect himself.
A group of women huddled around their phone, looking at a video of Trump’s appearance near a Walt Whitman quote inscribed in the stone beneath them: “The President is there in the White House for you, it is not you who are here for him.”
As his most ardent fans remained in Washington to fight for what many of them considered to be among the most important causes of their lifetimes, the president headed to Trump National in the Virginia suburbs for a round of golf.