A news reporter has confronted heavily armed Donald Trump supporters in the wake of the 2020 election result to ask why they seemed prepared ‘for war’.
Sky News correspondent, Alex Crawford, was on the ground in Atlanta, Georgia, when she approached one of the men who had a powerful gun in hand and what looks to be a bulletproof vest. Crawford asked why he came dressed the way he did to a demonstration.
“For security,” he replied.
Crawford pressed the man as a police officer ushered them down some stairs. He said he was insecure about “our rights”.
“But you’ve come heavily armed - as if you’re going to war,” Crawford says.
“You didn’t see them, all day today heavily armed?” the man responds, most likely talking about Joe Biden’s supporters who were reportedly celebrating that same day.
“I didn’t, I’m afraid, I saw a lot of people celebrating in Freedom Park, but tell me what your fears are,” Crawford responds.
The man says he fears “they” are going to “destroy this nation”, he is then shunted into an elevator by a police officer.
“You can see several heavily armed men, all of them Trump supporters, all of them carrying pistols, long range rifles - everything,” Crawford says and then she speaks to another Trump supporter who is also in the lift.
“Why have you come dressed like this? Why have you come so heavily armed?” she asked.
“It’s a constitutional right,” the man responds as the elevator door shuts.
Authorities were anticipating unrest in wake of the election, regardless which candidate won and it appears Georgia has some relatively relaxed gun laws.
It is legal to openly carry a weapon in the state with a Georgia Weapons Carry License.
Social media posts suggest the vibe was mainly celebratory at Freedom Park in Atlanta and nothing from the Atlanta Police Department suggests there was any violence.
Georgia still close to call, run-off election slated for January
Votes in Georgia are still being counted and though Biden is in the lead, it is close to call.
According to the Associated Press, Biden has 49.5 per cent of the vote, while Donald Trump is just trailing behind with 49.3 per cent.
Joe Biden cinched the election win by claiming Pennsylvania and securing 290 points to Trump’s 214, however Donald Trump is yet to concede defeat.
Neither the Democrats or the Republicans have the majority in the Senate just yet and it is likely that won’t be decided until the run-off election in Georgia, which will take place in January.
So far, the tally for the next Senate is 48 Republicans and 48 Democrats after Tuesday’s election.
Two seats in Georgia are headed to runoffs on January 5. And seats in North Carolina and Alaska are still too early to call.
With a Democratic majority in the Senate, the party that also controls the House would have a firm grasp on power in Washington.
Biden would have latitude over nominees, including for his Cabinet, and a chance to push major portions of his legislative agenda through Congress.
If Democrats fall short, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, could wield the power to check Biden's ambitions.
Republicans have been working to retain their majority, but even if they secure the final two races where ballots are still being counted in North Carolina and Alaska, they would still fall short of the 51 seats needed.
The problem for Republicans is that the vice-president of the party holding the White House casts the tie-breaking vote in the Senate.
Next year that would be Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. That means 50 seats for Democrats would result in control over the chamber. But Republicans would need 51 seats to cement their hold on power.
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