Kim Carter, who said God had told her to drive to the Atlanta rally from Jacksonville, Fla., said she was sure that Mr. Trump would be re-elected. She asked a member of Mr. Hill’s group whether it could send some armed members to Florida to protect her and her neighbors from Antifa activists after the election is finally overturned, as she believes will happen.
“Four more years, because God is the one who is in control of this,” Ms. Carter said.
Pro-Trump rallies were mounted in a number of other communities around the country. More than 100 people gathered at a rally in St. Paul, Minn., to display Trump flags and call on the state’s Democratic governor to loosen coronavirus restrictions in the state. In Spanish Fort, Ala., a suburb of Mobile, about 100 people demonstrated, according to footage posted by WKRG-TV. “We want to be part of the ‘Stop the Steal’ national movement,” one speaker there said. “That’s why we’re here.”
The gunfire in Olympia, Wash., came after supporters of Mr. Trump and counterprotesters gathered near the State Capitol on Saturday afternoon. The groups had clashed before the shooting, with some people throwing objects and punches. The air on the street was clouded by smoke grenades and mace, and police in riot gear later arrived on the scene.
Clashes also broke out between opposing groups in Washington, D.C., where videos showed people clad in Proud Boys gear punching and kicking counterprotesters who were wearing helmets. The police stepped in and sprayed mace at some of the men involved in the fighting.
Another video showed anti-police protesters scuffling with officers and tossing what appeared to be a wooden stick at them. The police arrested at least six people during the day, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police Department said.
Earlier in the day, the pro-Trump crowd in Washington had appeared jubilant at times, despite the setbacks in the courts and the dwindling time remaining before Jan. 20, when Mr. Biden is due to be sworn in. They rewrote the refrain of the Van Halen song “Jump” to say, “Might as well Trump!” Others sold Trump-themed T-shirts and other items advertising his false claims of electoral fraud.
Some demonstrators were more confident than others that Mr. Trump could secure a second term despite losing the election.