About 200 people crowded into the parking lot in front of the Maricopa County Election Center in Arizona and called “Fox News Sucks”.
Pro-Donald Trump voters turned against the network after it called on Tuesday night for the 11 votes from Arizona to go to Democratic candidate Joe Biden. Many of the demonstrators demanded access to the polling place in a tense situation, as Trump Arizona could possibly still win.
Unofficial results indicated that Trump had lost more than 100,000 votes in Maricopa County, Arizona’s most populous district.
Conservatives and the Trump administration railed against Fox News after the station called Arizona for Biden before any other station or news organization.
Trump campaign lead advisor Jason Miller called Fox a “complete maverick” in his decision to call Arizona.
He tweeted Wednesday: “We only need 61 percent of the outstanding, uncounted votes on election day in Arizona to win. These votes come from ‘our districts’, and the 61 percent figure is very feasible considering our other votes on election day. Fox News should withdraw its appeal immediately.
A clip that is making the rounds on Twitter shows Gadi Schwartz of MSNBC during scenes of riots at the Maricopa County Election Center.
Must regard the report of @GadiNBCâs report from Maricopa County tonight with @maddow
– Lauren Peikoff (@laurenpeikoff) November 5, 2020
Another video shows the crowd chanting: “Shame on Fox.
Conservatives and Democrats finally unite thanks to their mutual hatred on FOX News!
Listen to the Trump supporters in Arizona chanting “Shame on Fox
FOX News cooperates with the attempted coup of the Democratic Party – These WOMEN called Arizona for BIDEN last NIGHTpic.twitter.com/gnbF9RCuVl
– Amy Mek (@AmyMek) November 5, 2020
Another stirring clip per local newspaper AZ Central shows protesters chanting down a Fox 10 Phoenix reporter covering the situation.
Arizona is an open state, and some of the protesters were seen carrying firearms.
According to a statement sent to Washington Newsday Thursday morning, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office “watched the crowd. At this time the crowd is peaceful and no arrests or citations have been issued”.
At the time of reporting, Biden in Arizona is still ahead of Trump with over 60,000 votes, but the race has intensified as the ballots have been counted. On Wednesday night, the Arizona Secretary of State told CNN that more than half a million votes had not been counted and that counting in Maricopa County could take several more days.
“Trump has reached the thresholds he needs to at least balance,” CNN said. “The biggest question is the composition of what is left.” Both campaigns will have a strong sense of the composition of the votes that are yet to come, with analysis of earlier polling data that CNN says “the Biden campaign says they have a good feeling about it.
While Arizona demonstrators shouted, “Count the votes,” hours earlier in a Michigan counting hall, where the president was in the lead at the time, pro-trump demonstrators shouted, “Stop the count.