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Trump supporters hold Jericho March in Washington

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/14/20, 02:52 am

Sounds of shofars rang out on Saturday as Trump supporters marched seven times across the U.S. Capitol, the Supreme Court, and the Department of Justice, praying “for the walls of corruption and election fraud to fall down.” Author and radio host Eric Metaxas and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn headlined the one-day prayer rally that included several claims of extra-biblical revelation about Trump and the election. The event drew criticism from some Christian conservatives for its calls to reject of the constitutional role of the courts and for its demonization of those who disagree. “Divinizing MAGA and Stop The Steal is going to tear churches to bits, and drive people away from the Christian faith (or keep them from coming in the first place),” wrote Rod Dreher, senior editor of The American Conservative.

Did violence occur? Police in downtown Washington reported altercations between pro-Trump supporters and counter-protesters as night fell. Vandals ripped off Black Lives Matter banners from two historic black churches. Police reported four stabbings and arrested nearly 30 people for assault, rioting, and possessing weapons. Some eight police officers also sustained injuries.

Dig deeper: Read Harvest Prude’s report on the election fraud lawsuits.

Editor’s note: WORLD has updated this report since its initial posting to reflect criticism of the Jericho March event.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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    Posted: Mon, 12/14/2020 01:42 pm

    Perhaps the battle of Ai would have been a more appropriate Biblical analogy.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 12/15/2020 12:57 am

    So following an ignominious defeat, there will be a great victory?

    Posted: Wed, 12/16/2020 09:06 am

    I hope so ... a GOP house cleaning followed by a principled presidential win in 2024.