DONALD Trump supporters and anti-fascism groups clashed at the "Million MAGA March" in Washington, DC on Saturday, hours after the president drove by to wave at his fans.
Trump made his appearance from inside his motorcade shortly after the event, which was set up to protest the results of the 2020 election, kicked off around 11am.
As feared when the march was announced, a fight broke out between Trump supporters and counter-protesters later in the afternoon.
Black-clad members of a group called Refuse Fascism got into a punching match with some of the president's supporters, according to the New York Post.
One Trump fan was even swinging a megaphone around as a weapon, the outlet reported. Team Trump reportedly pushed the counter-protesters towards police so law enforcement could intervene.
The Proud Boys, who often wear polo shirts and gear with a distinctive logo, came out in droves for the event.
Some were captured in social media video marching in a group along Freedom Plaza chanting, "F**k Antifa."
Trump's supporters organized the event to protest Joe Biden's projected win in the 2020 presidential election.
Republican groups – including Stop the Steal, Women for America First, and March for Trump – are all expected to participate in Saturday's march.
Supporters were seen decked out in MAGA hats, carrying Trump flags and some were even seen wearing bullet proof vests and carrying shields.
There is some speculation that the rally will lead to more violence in the city, as counter-protesters have also come out.
The president has repeatedly stated that he believes the election was "stolen," even filing lawsuits for recounts in several states.
Since Biden was named the projected winner, the president's supporters have organized rallies across the US accusing Democrats of voter fraud.
There has been no concrete evidence as of yet that any type of election fraud was committed.
Trump has fanned the flames of the voter fraud rumors as recently as Friday, when he tweeted about potentially stopping by the planned Washington, DC march.
"This Election was Rigged, from Dominion all the way up & down!" the president wrote.
In the first presidential debate, Trump received much flack for refusing to condemn far-right extremist groups like the Proud Boys – instead telling them to "stand back" and "stand by."
Some members of the group reportedly took that shout out as a rallying call.
Trump later tried to clarify, claiming he did not know who the Proud Boys were.
"I can only say they have to stand down and let law enforcement do their work," he said.
The Proud Boys, created in 2016, describe themselves as a "pro-Western fraternal organization for men."
The group has repeatedly denied being linked to the racist alt-right, and instead claim to offer "an 'anti-political correctness' and 'anti-white guilt' agenda."
However, the group was described by civil rights group, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), as an "alt-right fight club."
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