Trump jeered on return to Washington

Published November 8, 2020
President Donald Trump returned to the White House and a very different Washington on Saturday after losing his re-election bid. — AP/File
President Donald Trump returned to the White House and a very different Washington on Saturday after losing his re-election bid. — AP/File

President Donald Trump returned to the White House and a very different Washington on Saturday after losing his re-election bid.

Trump’s motorcade returned from his golf club in Virginia via roads largely cleared of other cars and people.

But as he approached the White House, he was welcomed home with boos and raised middle fingers. Chants of “loser, loser, loser” and profanities were also heard as his motorcade drove by.

Trump has so far refused to concede to president-elect Joe Biden and is promising legal challenges.

Scott Jennings, a Republican strategist in Kentucky, said: “I’m not sure his position would have changed from yesterday — count all the votes, adjudicate all the claims.

But my sense is there won’t be any tolerance for beyond what the law allows. There will be tolerance for what the law allows.”

It was a view being echoed by several other Republicans neither supporting nor rejecting the outcome. Said retiring Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee: “After counting every valid vote and allowing courts to resolve disputes, it is important to respect and promptly accept the result.”

Earlier several hundred people had gathered outside President Donald Trumps Virginia golf club after his election loss.

The crowd included dozens of Biden supporters celebrating his win, singing, “Hey hey hey, goodbye” and chanting, “Lock him up”, a chant frequently heard at Trump rallies, directed at people he doesnt like.

There were also dozens of Trump supporters, many waving large Trump flags and chanting, “We love Trump”.

Published in Dawn, November 8th, 2020

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