One person shot and four stabbed as Trump supporters clash with opponents

There have been violent scenes in the US as supporters of Donald Trump gathered to protest at his election loss.

In one incident a person was shot and in another four people were stabbed.

Angry protesters claimed, despite no evidence, that the election had been rigged. Mr Trump has made baseless claims on Twitter about electoral fraud.

The incident where someone was shot took place in Olympia, the capital of Washington state.

According to the New York Times, a counter-protester was seen falling to the ground after a gunshot.

A spokesman for the Washington State Patrol told the paper that two people were in custody in connection with this but that details about the shooting were not yet clear, including what condition the person shot was in.

Some of those who came out to protest were members of the Proud Boys far right group.

They chanted ‘four more years’ and vowed not to recognise Joe Biden as the new president.

In Washington DC, four people were stabbed during clashes between rival protest groups.

Douglas Buchanan, a spokesman for the city’s fire department, said the four were in critical condition, saying two police officers were also taken to hospital.

He did not give further details, such as which group of protesters those injured belonged to.

Several thousand supporters of Donald Trump returned to Washington DC for rallies to back his efforts to subvert the election that he lost to Joe Biden.

Crowds cheered as Mr Trump flew overhead on the Marine One helicopter on his way to the Army-Navy American football game in West Point, New York State.

Sporadic fighting broke out between pro-Trump and anti-Trump demonstrators after sunset, with police reporting at least six arrests.

The rallies are intended as a show of force just two days before the US electoral college meets to formally elect Mr Biden as America’s 46th president.

Mr Trump, whose term will end on January 20, refuses to concede, while clinging to baseless claims of fraud that have been rejected by state and federal courts, culminating in another rejection on Friday by the US supreme court.

Mr Trump tweeted his apparent surprise Saturday morning at the rallies, publicly known for weeks: ‘Wow! Thousands of people forming in Washington (D.C.) for Stop the Steal. Didn’t know about this, but I’ll be seeing them! #MAGA’

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