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Pro-Trump protesters assemble in DC ahead of march demanding investigation into election fraud allegations

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Washington, DC — The aftermath from the 2020 election protests is apparent along the boarded storefronts that line the streets and avenues of the nation’s capital. Even as one man named Ricardo begins to take down the wood off the windows walling the expansive, grandiose Pennsylvania Avenue on Friday morning, the protests are far from over. This weekend, supporters of President Donald Trump are congregating in the city for a march to express their anger at an election that they believe is being stolen from them.

Right across the street from the towering Trump International Hotel, the second-tallest building in the city, Ricardo removes, stacks, and then places the boards into his minivan parked on the red-brick sidewalk beside a building. Perched at the end of the avenue on top of its hill, the Capitol dome gazes down at the bustling traffic. “I just started this morning,” he said about taking the boards down.

In addition to this building, Ricardo was also hired to put up the boards at three other buildings in the lead-up to what was expected—and has been—a contentious post-Election Day period.

“I do four places,” he said. The other buildings, he added, were around 17th Street NW.

He thinks that politically motivated violence, the anticipation of which motivated businesses to board their fronts in the first place, has come and gone. “I just think it was about the election, like who’s gonna win and all that,” Ricardo said.

This reporter and Jennie Taer had the opportunity to speak to some of the people who’ve flocked here for the march—and to some Trump supporters who just so happened to pick this weekend to vacation in Washington.

One man named Tom brought his 15-year-old daughter Mackenzie down to DC from their home in Philadelphia to tour the city and see the historical sites and museums together. They’ve had this father-daughter trip planned since September. Both feel that the allegations of election misconduct and voter fraud that the president and Republicans are making should be investigated, but they’d accept the results if the legal challenges don’t unearth anything major and still uphold Joe Biden’s victory.

“There’s enough instances of things being said that raises questions of things and I’d like the truth to come out so that this way we can actually get to the bottom of it,” Tom said. “If Biden wins and it’s all legitimate at that point, great, I’ll accept it.”

When asked if they will end up attending the march, Tom said that they might try to walk past it and catch a glimpse.

One person who came to the capital for the march, Robert from Florida, was all decked out from head to toe in Trump gear. The wilder parts of his outfit included an American flag for a cape, swim trunks with a picture of Trump’s head on Captain America’s torso, and even a Spartan-looking helmet. “Trump Army, baby,” he said when inquired about his getup.

Robert said that he and a friend of his came down to DC to “stop the steal” and to “show the president that the people stand with him.”

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For a long while now, millions of Americans have lost faith in our political institutions, especially our presidential elections.

This election has been eroding the faith of one bearded Michigander named Doug in these institutions. He and his friend, who did not want to be named, traveled to Washington together for the march. They had heard about the event a week ago. When talking about the election, Doug mentioned that if the allegations are not investigated, he will go as far as to never vote again.

“If they don’t look into these allegations—I don’t care who wins… but if they don’t do what’s right and recount and relook and redo the whole entire system, I will never vote again,” Doug said.

“I will lose total faith, just like I lost faith in our news media, I will lose faith in our government system,” he added. “Plain and simple.”

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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BREAKING: Hunter Biden Found Guilty on All Three Felony Charges

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Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, was found guilty on all three felony charges on Tuesday. After a six-day trial, a jury concluded that the first son lied on a federal gun-purchase background-check form by falsely claiming he was not a drug addict. The jury deliberated for three hours, starting Monday afternoon following the conclusion of closing arguments.

Hunter Biden was convicted on two charges for lying about his crack-cocaine addiction on federal gun paperwork when he purchased a Colt Cobra revolver on October 12, 2018. Additionally, he was found guilty of a third charge for possessing the firearm while addicted to crack cocaine.

According to National Review, the criminal trial exposed deep rifts within the Biden family. Hunter’s ex-wife, Kathleen Buhle, and his deceased brother Beau Biden’s widow, Hallie Biden, testified against him. This created an emotional divide within the family, especially when Naomi Biden, the eldest daughter of Buhle and Hunter, testified for the defense, pitting mother against daughter.

Federal prosecutors Derek Hines and Leo Wise led the case against Hunter Biden as part of special counsel David Weiss’s legal team. Throughout the trial, Weiss was present in the courtroom, often seen conversing and eating chocolates during breaks.

Prosecutors presented what they described as “overwhelming evidence” of Hunter Biden’s drug addiction at the time he completed the gun purchase. This evidence included witness testimony, text messages, videos, images, bank records, and excerpts from Hunter’s memoir. Key testimonies from Hallie Biden, gun salesman Gordon Cleveland, and ex-girlfriend Zoe Kestan were crucial in establishing Hunter Biden’s pattern of drug use and his decision to lie about his addiction.

Defense attorney Abbe Lowell argued that Hunter Biden’s behavior had improved around the time of the gun purchase, asserting that he did not “knowingly” lie on the federal paperwork. However, the testimonies of Kestan and Cleveland, along with Hunter Biden’s own admissions of drug use in texts and memoir excerpts, posed significant challenges to the defense’s narrative.

Throughout the trial, Lowell conducted extensive cross-examinations of the prosecution’s witnesses and disputed the context of the evidence presented. However, Leo Wise’s cross-examination of Naomi Biden, where he scrutinized her text messages with her father from October 2018, proved to be a pivotal moment, undermining her defense testimony.

Before the verdict, President Biden stated he would respect the jury’s decision and would not pardon his son if convicted. At the trial’s onset, President Biden issued a statement expressing pride in his son’s efforts to overcome his drug addiction.

Hunter Biden is scheduled to face another trial in September on nine federal tax charges related to his alleged failure to pay over $1.4 million in taxes over four years.

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