Armed Trump supporters tried to storm the Arizona count centre in Maricopa County, chanting “Fox News sucks”. Angry mobs, fuelled by incendiary comments by the President, have been protesting at count centres around the country.
Arizona is a particular flashpoint as Trump won the state last time around but Biden is ahead by some stretch in this election. Normally, Trump and his supporters have a lot of time for Fox News. The conservative TV channel, owned by Rupert Murdoch, has always been a champion of Trump and his policies.
Alex Jones, far-right radio show host and conspiracy theorist, joins the "Count Our Vote" protest in Arizona. #Election2020
— azcentral (@azcentral) November 6, 2020
Fox News got the Trumpians riled up by calling Arizona for Biden, well ahead of other networks and far in advance of the end of vote counting. Trump himself is said to have lobbied Rupert Murdoch to instruct the network to reverse its projection for Biden.
Officials at the Maricopa County counting facility were forced, on Wednesday night, to close the centre to the public on foot of safety concerns as furious protestors, many of them armed, attempted to storm the building.
An attempt was also made to storm a count centre in Detroit, Michigan. Joe Biden has already been declared the winner in Michigan.
In Arizona, Trump supporting protestors are chanting, “Count those votes!”. Across the country, in Pennsylvania they chant, “Stop the count!”
Counts are continuing in four key states. This morning, it’s reported that former VP Biden has moved just ahead of Donald Trump.