PHILADELPHIA — Dueling protests emerged outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center Friday morning as election workers inside counted ballots for the crucial swing state in the 2020 presidential race.
The “Count every vote” and “Stop the steal” demonstrations unfolded as Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden took a lead of more than 8,000 votes over President Trump.
Out of hundreds of protesters, only about two dozen were supporting Trump and repeating his baseless claims of election fraud.
“Stop the cheat! Joe got beat!” the MAGA hat-wearing Trump supporters chanted outside the convention center in Philadelphia that was surrounded by a heavy police presence.
At one point, cops with bicycles formed a human barrier to separate the pro-Trump and pro-Biden supporters.
“It’s time for this administration to surrender for democracy,” one speaker for the “Count every vote” protest declared. “If you come for Philadelphia, we’ll come for you!”
Another Biden-supporting speaker added, “If Donald Trump needs help moving out of the White House, we know a good moving company.”
Chants of “Count every vote!” and “Trump-Pence gotta go!” were heard during the demonstrations.
Should Biden keep his lead in the Keystone State, he’ll secure the presidency with a total electoral vote count of at least 284 — 14 more votes than the needed 270.
Additional reporting by Natalie Musumeci