No one was injured in the incident and it is unclear if any weapons were recovered. Philadelphia police did not immediately return a message from The Washington Post.
As of early Friday morning, President Trump maintained a narrower lead in Pennsylvania than former vice president Joe Biden, with thousands remaining to count in deep blue Philadelphia and the suburbs of it.
A small group of Trump supporters protested Thursday outside the downtown convention center to “stop voting,”; far outnumbered by a much larger crowd expressing support for Biden. and vote counting efforts. Meanwhile, Trump’s election campaign posed a legal challenge to thwart vote-counting attempts, making unfounded claims about vote fraud.
According to WPVI, the first place to report the incident, the police received word about a group driving from Virginia to Philadelphia in a Hummer, attempting to attack the counting center. Vehicles seized by authorities.
Photographs taken near the convention center by Philadelphia Inquirer photographer Jessica Griffin show a Hummer with a Virginia number plate as well as a hat underneath the QAnon far-right conspiracy theories. The rear window of the car has a decal with an abbreviation for the QAnon rallying call: “We go one place, we go all”.
At about 3 a.m. on Friday, the FBI was investigating the incident, a Fox News reporter reported on Twitter. The agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Washington Post.
At 4 a.m. on Friday, Trump is leading Biden in Pennsylvania with slightly less than 20,000 votes, or about 0.3 percent of the state’s total so far. The Post estimates that 94 percent of Pennsylvania’s votes have been counted, with the remaining 10 percent in Philadelphia and its suburbs untold.
If Pennsylvania were to call Biden, 20 state electoral votes would put him ahead to win the race for the White House.
Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar (D), who oversees the state elections, says that counting efforts are ahead of schedule, with most of the votes likely to be checked by the end of the week.
However, as Trump promoted the unfounded allegations of voter fraud, conspiracy theories revolved around his supporters in Philadelphia, even though they had been debunked by election officials multiple times.
On Thursday afternoon, a state appellate court awarded Trump’s campaign a small legal victory by allowing GOP poll followers to observe the counting of votes from six feet away. That decision is unlikely to affect the counting of votes, as observers cannot challenge the validity of votes.
On Thursday night, The Post reported, an unsubstantiated text message was circulating among the right-wing circles of the city urging supporters of the president to protest outside the convention center.
“Liberals and radicals are trying to steal this election from Trump!” text read.