Trump protesters and Antifa clash in violent scenes in San Diego
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A pro-Trump march descended into chaos after counter protesters clashed with the president's supporters, with the scene quickly turning violent.
Trump supporters and counter protesters clashed in wild scenes at Pacific Beach in San Diego on Saturday.
A pro-Trump “Patriot March” that was scheduled for 2pm quickly descended into chaos after counter protesters also arrived at the pier where about 100 Trump supporters had gathered.
The counter protesters were dressed in black, many saying they were Black Lives Matter supporters and others describing themselves as anti-fascists and wearing Antifa clothing.
Footage from the scene shows a group of Antifa protesters confronting a smaller group of Pro-Trump marchers. One man can be heard yelling “f**k Trump” as the two groups square off against each other.
One of the Antifa members then pulls out a can and sprays an unknown orange substance into the faces of the Trump supporters.
As the Trump group run away covering their faces, the counter protesters pursue them, throwing objects and yelling “go home b***hes”.
As the situation continued to escalate police officers were struck with glass bottles, eggs and rocks according to the San Diego Police Department, with officers quickly declaring the protest unlawful and ordering everyone to leave.
Barriers erected around US Supreme Court
High security fencing has been erected around the US Supreme Court following the attack on the Capitol last week.
The Supreme Court building sits just a few hundreds metres away from the Capitol, which was stormed by pro-Trump protesters on Wednesday.
The mob breached the building, forcing officials inside to hide and be evacuated.
Five people, including a police officer, were killed in the riot.
It now seems the government has taken action to protect other significant buildings, such as the Supreme Court, following last week's attack.
Pence to attend Biden's inauguration
Mike Pence will attend the upcoming inauguration of Joe Biden, multiple media reports said Saturday, the vice president becoming the latest longtime loyalist to abandon an increasingly isolated President Donald Trump.
Relations between Trump and Pence – previously one of the mercurial president’s staunchest defenders – have nosedived since Wednesday, when the vice president formally announced Biden’s victory in November’s election.
A mob of far-right demonstrators stormed the US Capitol the same day in a failed bid to stop Congress from certifying Biden’s win, in a riot blamed on Trump that left five dead.
Multiple media reports on Saturday cited senior administration officials as saying that Pence – who was forced to take shelter from the intruders during the riot – had decided to attend Biden’s inauguration on January 20.
The president-elect earlier in the week said Pence would be welcome at his formal swearing-in, due to take place in a scaled-down format due to the coronavirus.
“I think it’s important that as much as we can stick to what have been the historical precedents of how an administration changes should be maintained,” Biden told reporters.
“We’d be honored to have him there, and to move forward in the transition.”
In his final tweet before being removed from Twitter on Friday, Trump said he would not attend the inauguration.
Republican claims Trump 'spiraled into madness'
Another Republican has joined the growing calls for Donald Trump to resign as president, accusing the 74-year-old of spiralling "into madness".
Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey is pushing for Mr Trump to stand down and said he should be held criminally responsible for his role in the attack on the Capitol building, which killed five people.
"I think the best way for our country is for the president to resign and go away as soon as possible. I acknowledge that may not be likely, but I think that would be best," he told NBC News.
"It does not look as though there is the will or the consensus to exercise the 25th amendment option and I don't think there is time to do an impeachment, there is 10 days left before the president leaves anyway. I think the best thing would be a resignation."
Mr Toomey said after Mr Trump lost the election he escalated the situation "to an entirely different place".
"Recruiting thousands of Americans from around the country to descend on the Capitol, promising a ‘wild ride’ and inciting them to attack the Capitol building so as to prevent the constitutional responsibility of the vice president and the Congress to complete the peaceful transfer of power," he said.
Mr Toomey claimed the presidents actions couldn't have been expected.
“The president spiraled down into a kind of madness that was different. I’m sorry if people don’t acknowledge that, I think what he did this past week is wildly different from the offensive tweets that were common during his presidency," he said.
Mike Pence has 'not ruled out 25th Amendment'
CNN’s Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta says Vice President Mike Pence could still invoke the 25th Amendment during the final days of Donald Trump's presidency.
Referencing a source close to Mr Pence, Mr Acosta said the Vice President will "preserve it as an option in case Trump becomes more unstable".
There are, however, concerns over how Trump may react to being ousted through the 25th Amendment or an impeachment.
According the source there are fears "Trump could take some sort of rash action putting the nation at risk".
Also referred to as the 'Disability Clause', the 25th Amendment is used to transfer powers from the president to the vice president in the event he/she is unable to perform their role. If enacted, this would see Mr Trump's presidential powers be given to Mr Pence until Joe Biden is sworn in on January 20.
Despite this, it's never been used to remove a sitting president. In most recent times it was used by George W. Bush in 2002 and 2007 while he was undergoing scheduled colonoscopy procedures.
Trump supporters are gunning for Mike Pence
Furious Trump supporters are gunning for Mike Pence, who they believe betrayed the president, with the sick term "Hang Mike Pence" trending on Twitter.
The term hit around 14,000 tweets according to reports, before users started to bring attention to it and how it should be removed.