November 5, 2020 at 9:19 PM EST
Small protests flare and tension grows as ballot count continues
By Robert Klemko, Hannah Knowles, Mark Berman and Abigail Hauslohner
Various groups across the country pledged to continue protests outside ballot-counting locations in Phoenix, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Atlanta and Detroit on Thursday, as the final tallying of ballots continued in key states.
Many of the demonstrations were spurred by conspiracy theories that centered on unfounded fears of fraud, including suggestions that Democrats are creating forged ballots for presidential candidate Joe Biden. The rumors have rapidly proliferated among right-wing social media users, fueled in part by baseless allegations from President Trump and his high-profile associates.
“STOP THE COUNT,” Trump tweeted on Thursday, as the growing tally of ballots narrowed his lead over Biden in some states.