ANTI-Trump protesters and MAGA fans clashed with cops and wielded pitchforks during "count the vote" demonstrations on the third night of unrest across the United States.
During an election that has the world's attention, Joe Biden supporters want every vote counted, while Donald Trump backers want mail-in votes that came in after election day to be ignored.
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Violence erupted on the streets of New York City yesterday as tensions escalated once more in lower Manhattan, where cops arrested 18 people – and one protester allegedly pushed his bike over an officer's neck.
Meanwhile, a Trump supporter wielded a tiki torch and pitchfork during a protest outside the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
This comes as Joe Biden overtakes Trump by 917 votes in Georgia.
There are still 14,000 ballots left to count as Americans are anxiously watching who will clinch the crucial 16 electoral votes from Georgia.
The President blamed a burst water piper for his trailing behind in the Red state.
"Some were issued summonses and released. Charges and further updates to follow," an NYPD spokesperson told The Sun on Friday morning.
"Levon Wheeler was engaged with officers and in the course of arrest being made, he pushed a large heavy (bike) chain to the arresting officer’s neck," police said.
Chaos ensued around the US as:
- Biden has overtaken Trump by 917 votes in Georgia
- Republicans blast Trump for 'dangerous' vote fraud comments
- Judge denies Trump campaign's bid to halt Philadelphia vote
- Biden says has "no doubt" he’ll win once the votes are counted
- Trump Jr says US "should go to total war" as Biden nears a win
- Pelosi "will be sworn-in as Potus if results don't meet deadline"
- National Guard deployed to "streets of rage" in major cities
The 30-year-old was booked and charged with Felony Assault, Attempted Criminal Obstruction Breathing, Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct last night.
Shocking footage from the "We Choose Freedom" rally emerged showing what one reporter described as "violent arrests" being made near Washington Square park during the fraught election battle.
The NYPD said an irate protester attempted to strangle an officer with a chain and another person had a knife as the race heats up across the country, protests rage, and election officials scramble to finish the count.
"The suspect was apprehended & will be charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon & attempted strangulation," NYPD News tweeted.
In more disturbing videos, cops can be seen arresting people, while another detained person wearing a sparkly silver ball gown can be heard yelling "b****, where are my f***ing shoes" as they're led away by cops.
On the same day Trump's son Donald Jr called for a "total war" over the vote count and his dad declared a premature victory, election officials in several states feared for the safety of their staff.
Angry groups also gathered at critical vote tabulation sites in Phoenix, Detroit and Philadelphia, decrying counts that showed Biden was in the lead or inching towards a 2020 victory.
Local officials were distressed by the crowds and concerned about the relentless accusations of voter fraud peddled by Trump, whose was lambasted by some of his fellow republicans for declaring he'd won.
MAGA hat-wearing Trump supporters again descended on the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center last night, accompanied by the irate conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
Jones – who recently claimed medics at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center were trying to "deliberately kill" Trump in a "Deep State" scheme – was cheered on by people carrying military-style rifles and handguns.
"You ain’t stealing s**t,” Jones roared into a megaphone, parroting Trump's unfounded claims of a "fraudulent" election steered by the Democrats in cahoots with "big media, big money and big tech."
At the center, authorities used fences to create a freedom of speech zone and keep the entrance to the building open, while the crowd chanted "Count the votes!" and Four more years!" and cops blocked off the entrance.
They listened to Trump's White House address, where he alleged "tremendous corruption" in the vote, singling out mail-in ballots which he suggested were suspicious in being "overwhelmingly" for his rival.
In Philadelphia, police are investigating a group who allegedly drove up from Virginia in a Hummer to unleash an attack at the Convention Center where the final votes are being counted, The Sun learned on Thursday night.
A man has been arrested and the investigation is ongoing, police sources said.
"Count Every Vote" activists danced to Childish Gambino's "This Is America" outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center in downtown Philadelphia, where a federal judge today rejected Trump's attempt to stop the tally.
Nearby, 30 Trump fans wielded flags and signs behind police protective barriers and there were no reported fights – but law enforcement was on high alert in Philly as a helicopter hovered overhead.
Insults were swapped tonight, as one young woman gave a Trump fan the middle finger, who in turn, called her a satanist, reports said.
In the Pennsylvania city of Harrisburg, Republican Representative Jim Jordan led a pro-Trump rally and demanded the counting stopped from the steps of the State Capital.
Meanwhile, after Michigan was called for Biden on Wednesday it led to a fraught clash between Biden and Trump supporters outside the TCF Center in Detroit yesterday.
On Thursday morning, a few dozen Trump supporters gathered outside the city’s convention centers where election workers were counting absentee ballots inside holding “stop the steal” signs.
Counter protesters flocked to the opposite side of the street and a shouting match ensued.
Concerned Attorney General Dana Nessel tweeted asking people to "please stop making harassing & threatening calls to my staff" as officials continued the count at 3pm local time.
"They are kind, hardworking public servants just doing their job," she wrote. "Asking them to shove sharpies in uncomfortable places is never appropriate & is a sad commentary on the state of our nation."
Elsewhere, Oregon Gov Kate Brown had to call in the National Guard to manage the unrest in Portland and condemned the "political violence, intimidation and property destruction" on Twitter.
At 9pm local time, Captain Tim Fox described how a group of 60 people marched on a house in the Arbor Lodge Park area of North Portland, where they hurled blazing flares and broke a window in an unlawful assembly.
Demonstrations erupted after Trump's team filed suits in Michigan, Georgia, and Nevada, as well as his reject legal complaint in PA. He's also demanding a recount in Wisconsin, which was called for Biden.
Marchers also converged at the White House – where Trump gave his incendiary victory speech yesterday evening – resulting in street closures as Anti-Trump protesters demanded that vote was counted.
This was headed by Shutdown DC, an organization which gathered other activist groups including 350 DC and DC Bike Party as the march kicked off at Black Lives Matter plaza from 7am.
A car caravan also met in front of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, while demonstrators on bikes peddled off from Freedom Plaza.
Near the Republican National Committee headquarters on Capitol Hill, Ed Martin, president of the conservative political organization Phyllis Schlafly Eagles, hosted a "Stop the steal" accompanied by MAGA fans.
They carried banners like "Latinos for Trump. Stop the steal," while Medea Benjamin, co-founder of activist group Code Pink stood next to Martin in counter protest.
Although significant wins have been called for both candidates, votes are still being counted in battleground states Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia, and Nevada.
By Friday morning, Trump’s lead over Biden in Pennsylvania plummeted to 22,398 votes, 49.59 percent to 49.26 percent, per the Associated Press.
Biden was leading in Arizona by 46,257 votes in the early hours of this morning after 90 percent of the votes were counted.
Biden and Trump need 270 electoral votes to become the 46th president of the United States.
HOLDING A RECOUNT
Joe Biden has a slender lead over Donald Trump in the race to 270 electoral votes.
The Democrat has so far flipped three states that Trump won in 2016 – Michigan, Wisconsin and Arizona.
But the President wants a recount of votes in Wisconsin and has filed lawsuits to stop vote counting in both Michigan and Pennsylvania.
The recount of votes can be complicated because the guidelines are set at state and sometimes local levels.
Wisconsin – a recount cannot be requested until election results are verified on December 1. State rules also dictate that a recount can only be requested by a candidate if the race is separated by a margin of one per cent or less.
Michigan – the state conducts an automatic recount if candidates are separated by a margin of 2,000 total votes or less. To get a recount by request, a campaign must submit a petition over alleged fraud or counting errors within 48 hours.
Pennsylvania – the state only provides an automatic recount if the race is separated by a margin of 0.5% or less, or if election officials find irregularities in the results
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