Hundreds of pro-Biden demonstrators gathered on the steps of the New York Public Library to demand every vote be counted in battleground states, as the 2020 presidential election grinds closer to an uneasy conclusion.
Roughly 400 people from an array of ad hoc organizations with names like Defend Democracy, Protect the Vote and Refute Fascism met outside the Midtown library’s Fifth Ave. and 42nd St. location Wednesday night, many waving signs reading “Count every vote.”
“For the first time in the US history a sitting president is directly attacking democracy,” said Ron Weismann, 60, a non-profit worker from the Bronx in a Biden Harris cap holding a protect-the-vote sig. “(President Trump) is calling for stopping legally cast votes. This is what’s done in a dictatorship.”
Weismann was referring to Trump’s 2:30 a.m. address, where he falsely claimed victory despite trailing Democratic challenger Joe Biden by several electoral votes. “It’s important the government knows people care and justice must be done.”
The group started marching downtown, toward Union Square shortly before 5 p.m., and planned to head down to Washington Square.
“Trump is sabotaging the election right now,” said Jim Waters, 74, of Queens, a retired public school teacher. “If the vote stops, what kind of democracy is that? He must go, because he is a fascist.”
Fritziel Pfeiferer, 36, a secretary from Jersey City, left work in Midtown to march with the protesters.
“Trump’s immigration policy has affected so many families and his handling of the epidemic has killed so many, including my uncle,” she said. "We should count all the votes. He wants to just pick and choose which state counts. Trump’s trying to steal this election.”
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