A series of activist groups plan to swarm the streets of Washington, D.C., on Election Day, in anticipation that President Trump gets results that he does not accept.
The groups, under the organization of ShutDown D.C., plan to disrupt traffic on the streets surrounding the White House and the National Mall with more than 10,000 people, according to organizers. Kaela Bamberger, the group’s communications director, said that activists will “mobilize quickly” if Trump attempts to interfere with the election.
“We are concerned like many people that Trump may try to steal this election,” she told WTOP. “He’s given us a lot of evidence to indicate that he has no problem trying to confuse the results or prematurely declare victory.”
Bamberger did not immediately respond to the Washington Examiner’s requests for comment about how the group plans to act if Trump scores a clear victory.
The group on its website promises an “uprising” in which it is “going to make sure Trump leaves” office after the election.
“From his attacks on mail-in ballots and the U.S. Postal Service to the GOP’s longtime voter suppression strategy, Trump has shown that he will stop at nothing to maintain his grip on power,” the group said. “Trump will not leave office without mass mobilization and direct action.”
ShutDown D.C. has enjoyed past success causing mayhem in downtown Washington. The group last year, in coordination with the climate activists Extinction Rebellion and the Washington chapter of Black Lives Matter, blocked off a stretch of K Street behind the White House to protest Trump’s climate policies.
Some of the group chained themselves to a sailboat parked in the middle of an intersection. Police had to free them with a power saw before arresting them.
Members of the group have helped stage other protests, including incidents where activists glued themselves to the doors of the Capitol building and staged a weeklong hunger strike in Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s office.
The National Park Service, which issues permits for large protests in the city, has received 10 applications for demonstrations on Election Day. It approved one, for a prayer vigil held the week of the election. ShutDown D.C., along with D.C. Action Lab, another group staging a protest, have stated that they will proceed with or without a permit.
The White House in September confirmed that Trump would accept the results of a “free and fair” election.
“He will accept the will of the American people,” said White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.