A SPEAKER at the pro-Trump rally in Washington, DC, on Tuesday told the crowd to “hug strangers” and shouted, “It’s a mass spreader event!”
Supporters of President Donald Trump have started to gather in the nation’s capitol to continue protesting the results of the 2020 election, as Congress is set to certify Joe Biden as the winner on Wednesday.
Thousands of Trump supporters were already gathering in DC ahead of Congress’ vote to certify Joe Biden on WednesdayCredit: EPA
The speaker told Trump supporters to hug strangers around themCredit: @therecount/Twitter
At this particular event, which was captured on video, a man spoke to protesters gathered at Freedom Plaza, none of whom appear to be wearing masks.
“Turn to the person next to you and give them a hug,” the man is heard telling the crowd of Covid: “Go ahead, spread it out.”
He then begins chanting, “It’s a mass spreader event!”
The speaker’s jab at media coverage of the Covid pandemic comes as the US continues to see a mass spike in virus cases and deaths following the holiday season.
The mayor has told DC residents to avoid the downtown areaCredit: EPA
Supporters brandished signs and Trump flags during Tuesday’s demonstrationsCredit: AP:Associated Press
DC is bracing for what could be potentially violent protestsCredit: Rex Features
The latest stats show at least 20.9million Americans have been infected with Covid so far, and 354,000 have died.
The president has encouraged his supporters to come out to a rally on Wednesday, and has even said that he will be making an appearance himself.
By Tuesday afternoon, thousands of people had gathered in Freedom Plaza, waving Trump flags and listening to speakers who continue to peddle the president’s claims that there was widespread fraud committed in the 2020 election.
Conservative radio host Alex Jones was on hand at the Tuesday protestsCredit: Rex Features
Trump supporters refuse to believe that the president lost the 2020 electionCredit: Rex Features
Trump supporters came dressed up to support his baseless claims of voter fraudCredit: AP:Associated Press
DC police shared an advisory that there would be “parking restrictions & potential street closures” amid expected demonstrations from January 5 to 7.
The city’s mayor, Muriel Bowser, urged residents to avoid to downtown area as the city braces for demonstrations.
“The protection of persons and property is our utmost concern and responsibility,” she said in a statement.
The leader of the far-right group the Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio, has already been banned from attending this week’s events in DC.
He was arrested on Monday afternoon and charged with burning a Black Lives Matter flag taken from a church during a December demonstration.
He has reportedly been released, but told to stay away from DC in general.