Thousands cheer Trump at rally protesting election results

Several thousand protesters cheer President Donald Trump and his baseless claims of election fraud at a rally near the White House on Wednesday ahead of Congress’ vote to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

“We will not let them silence your voices,” Trump tells the protesters, who had lined up before sunrise to get a prime position to hear the president.

The crowd cheers when he says, “We will stop the steal.” That’s been the rallying cry of protests against the election results.

Lou Murray, a life insurance salesman from Boston, says he and many others still hoped Congress and Vice President Mike Pence would not certify the Electoral College. “I hope Vice President Pence has courage today, and I hope any politician who thinks he has a future shows courage to stand up and do what’s right,” Murray says.

Pence has no path for avoiding the certification of Biden as the next president.

Crowds of people gather as US President Donald Trump speaks to supporters from The Ellipse near the White House on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC (MANDEL NGAN / AFP)