Reporter asks heavily armed Trump supporters why they are ‘dressed for war’

Alex Crawford from Sky asked a Trump supporter why he was ‘dressed for war’ (Picture: SkyNews)

Trump supporters have been challenged over why they have been turning up at demonstrations heavily armed as the fall-out from Joe Biden’s election victory continues.

Sky News journalist Alex Crawford, more regularly seen reporting from conflict zones, confronted a man wielding a rifle on the streets of Atlanta, Georgia. 

In a clip posted on the broadcaster’s Twitter Page, Ms Crawford asks the man, who is also wearing a bullet proof vest, ‘can you tell me why you have come dressed like this?’

He replies: ‘For security.’ Crawford then says: ‘But you’ve come here heavily armed, as if you are going to war.’

The man then alleges Biden supporters had also come out onto the streets armed before getting into a lift with several other Trump supporters also wielding weapons. 

Ms Crawford asks another man who is carrying both a rifle and pistol why he has come ‘dressed like this’ to which he responds: ‘It’s a constitutional right.’

Gun-wielding Trump supporters have been a regular site in US cities since election night on Tuesday. 

They have been spurred onto the streets by the man himself who has been consistently calling for people to defend the American system from fraud – while offering no evidence any has taken place. 

An Austin police officer separates protesters as groups celebrating Joe Biden’s election victory clash with pro-Trump supporters at the Texas Capitol (Picture: Zuma Press)

Supporters of Joe Biden have been celebrating their victory in cities across the US, leading to occasional confrontations with those on the opposite side. 

Videos have surfaced showing brawls on the streets. In Portland, footage shared on Twitter showed a man who appears to be a member of the notorious far right group ‘Proud Boys’ pepper spraying a female protestor.  

Vigilante groups have grown in popularity under Trump’s presidency and have been seen on the streets of cities ‘protecting sites’ during Black Lives Matter protests.

Mr Trump was widely condemning for telling the Proud Boys to ‘stand by’ during the first Presidential debate in October. 

One supporter of President Trump holds a gun as another a baseball bat in front of the Oregon State Capitol building on Saturday (Picture: AP)

His supporters believe the election was won with the help of ‘illegal ballots’ and shouted ‘This isn’t over!’ and ‘Stop the steal,’ during protests on Saturday. 

In Atlanta, chants of ‘Lock him up!’ rang out among an estimated 1,000 Trump supporters.

No immediate violence was reported, though at one point, police moved to separate Trump opponents from supporters. Biden holds a slim lead as counting continues in Georgia, which hasn’t backed a Democrat candidate for president since 1992.

Jordan Kelley, a 29-year-old from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, drove for more than three hours to Atlanta to attend the pro-Trump rally.

Dylan Stevens also known as ‘The Angry Viking’ holds a firearm as supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump rally outside the State Capitol building in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (Picture: Reuters)

‘There’s election fraud going on here,’ said Mr Kelley, claiming that voters in Georgia, a state with a Republican governor and secretary of state, had improperly counted the ballots to put Biden ahead. ‘Even though I live in Tennessee, I’m an American, and I want to make sure Americans have a voice in the election.’

Joe Biden pleaded for unity and reconciliation in a televised speech on Saturday night, saying it is time for Americans to ‘put away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature’ and ‘stop treating our opponents like enemies.’

A couple of thousand Trump supporters gathered at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a state that played a crucial role in Biden’s victory. About two dozen heavily armed men, some wearing camouflage, joined the rally.

There were similar sized crowds in Phoenix, Arizona and Austin, Texas. 

Even in a state that wasn’t closely contested, Trump supporters gathered in droves to express support for him and vent frustration over the outcome of the election.

A few skirmishes broke out between Trump backers and pro-Biden and Black Lives Matters demonstrators in North Dakota’s Capitol Bismarck.

One BLM supporter attempted to handcuff himself to a Trump supporter before the two men began wrestling on the ground.

An officer escorted the Black Lives Matter supporter to a squad car. It was unclear if he had been arrested.

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