Tensions ERUPT as thousands protest in Washington DC against ‘stolen’ US ...

TENSIONS are high in Washington DC where thousands of Donald supporters are protesting against what they claim was a "rigged" election.

PUBLISHED: 00:11, Wed, Jan 6, 2021 | UPDATED: 00:11, Wed, Jan 6, 2021

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The president has repeatedly alleged, without providing solid evidence, that November’s election was “stolen” by his opponents. In response the campaign launched a number of legal challenges, though failed to reverse the result in a single state.

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Tuesday’s ‘Save America’ protest is taking place ahead of a mass rally of supporters on Wednesday, coinciding with a Congressional vote to certify Joe Biden’s election win via the Electoral College.

Mr has vowed to attend Wednesday’s ‘Save America March’ in person.

On Sunday he retweeted a promotional video posted by one of the organisers adding: “I will be there. Historic day!”

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Two previous rallies by supporters against the election result last year ended in violent clashes with counter-protestors.

Trump supporters protesting in Washington DC (Image: GETTY)

Trump supporters claim the 2020 presidential election was rigged (Image: GETTY)

At the request of Mayor Muriel Bowser the DC National Guard will be deployed to help manage the protests.

Ms Bowser claimed demonstrations in November and December had “resulted in a large influx of participants, violence and criminal activity”.

Businesses across the city have been boarding up ahead of the rally.

A group of 13 Republican lawmakers, including Senator Ted Cruz, have indicated they will object to certifying Mr Biden’s victory arguing more time is needed to investigate accusations of fraud.

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TrumpStore fronts have been boarded up in Washington DC ahead of Wednesday's rally (Image: GETTY)

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