(Note: I'm from the UK so whilst we get some news about America our news cycle isn't dominated by their affairs)

So, in 2020 there was the US elections, Biden won, but Trump is refusing to concede and is basically alleging there was massive voter fraud to prevent his win.

If you look at it from the perspective of a big Trump supporter, it looked like Trump might squeak out a win then suddenly there are a bunch of votes for Biden (aka postal votes) and then Biden wins comfortably, and the person you support alleges that there was massive voter fraud/irregularities and that's why he lost.

From their perspective it seems a compelling argument (though it is said to be wrong), Trump still has a lot of supporters and his base seem to be pretty devoted to him, plus they tend to be the people who are heavily armed and generally like to cause trouble.

Meanwhile throughout 2020, even during the whole pandemic situation, it seems that the USA has become a "riot friendly" country, the deaths of George Floyd and others at the hands of police officers have sparked massive protests across the country which in quite a few cases have turned into riots, with business being looted, property being damaged and further violence and deaths amongst those protesting.

I feel that the potent mix of Diehard Trump fans(with guns, who also generally don't seem to care about the COVID 19 pandemic) + Trump constantly claiming mass voter fraud, would result in violent protests and riots across the country amongst his fans.

Have there been any riots in the US attributed to the recent election results?

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    There was the recent "million maga march", but it didn't seem to result in any riots - bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-54945154
    – ewanc
    Commented Nov 20, 2020 at 12:19
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    "and generally like to cause trouble" may I suggest you remove that part? It adds little and may, indeed, cause trouble. Commented Nov 20, 2020 at 13:50
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    "Armed" and "generally like to cause trouble" are two extremely different things in the US. A large percentage of Americans are armed, but an extremely, tiny few ever use them to make trouble. Guns here are almost exclusively used for sports and non-threatening activities, when not just collecting dust on a shelf. (They're there for defense too, but that almost never comes up in real life - this isn't TV.) Sometimes this context gets lost in other countries, until someone actually sees the way guns are really handled here. ... Commented Nov 22, 2020 at 5:12
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    ... (I lived in a gun-controlled country as well and have seen both ways.) As far as the second phrase goes, remember that the overwhelming majority of the rioting you mention has come from the opposite of Trump supporters. Commented Nov 22, 2020 at 5:13
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    This question needs a new answer based on the events of 6 January 2021. I'd write one, but the margin is too small to contain my explanation. Commented Jan 8, 2021 at 19:15

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(Contra to Brian's answer) there were a few clashes, like this one in DC on Nov 14:

The demonstrations unfolded peacefully for most of the day, but counterprotesters clashed with the president's supporters and violence erupted as night fell. Counterprotesters were seen overturning tables of vendors selling Trump merchandise, as well as stealing Trump hats and flags and setting them on fire, according to The Washington Post.

Two officers were injured and at least 20 people were arrested, according to the D.C. Mayor's Office. Of those arrests, four were for firearm violations, two for simple assault, one for an assault on a police officer and two for disorderly conduct, D.C. police told member station WAMU. Seven guns were recovered. It was not immediately clear if the guns belonged to Trump supporters or counterprotesters.

Scattered clashes turned violent around 8 p.m., when Trump supporters armed with batons and counterprotesters collided in a brawl five blocks from the White House, The Post reported, before police broke up the groups. A city fire official said a young man was transported to the hospital for serious injuries after he was stabbed in the back during the fight, according to the newspaper.

But insofar these were much more limited than what some people feared.


(EDIT 1/10: A lot has changed since November, this answer reflects the information available at that time.)

No, there have been no such riots so far. (EDIT 11/20: The incident in Fizz's answer is the most notable exception I've seen so far.) For the reasons outlined in the question, an ongoing risk does exists to at least some limited degree. However, civil conflict is only likely if Trump takes actions to drastically intensify uncertainty about the transition of power. As Bloomberg News reported the day after the election:

Predictions of widespread violence fizzled on Election Night, but police and businesses across the U.S. are keeping preparations in place as President Donald Trump falsely claims victory -- a scenario that experts warned held a greater potential for unrest.

That hasn't really happened (even though Trump has not formally conceded his electoral loss and continues to make baseless assertions about voter fraud) and up to now I can find no evidence of significant violence or property damage related to the election.

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    Um...revision needed. Major revision needed. Also "civil conflict is only likely if Trump takes actions to drastically intensify uncertainty" would appear to have been oddly prophetic.
    – aroth
    Commented Jan 9, 2021 at 9:03
  • "...if Trump takes actions to drastically intensify uncertainty..." Looks like your crystal ball was working when you wrote this.
    – jamesqf
    Commented Jan 9, 2021 at 19:17
  • I've made an edit but will be making no "major revision". The question was posed in November, not January, and in the meantime Trump obviously made the decision to escalate the situation.
    – Brian Z
    Commented Jan 10, 2021 at 21:51
  • Two months is hardly a long time. Given the tagline question of "Have there been any riots due to the 2020 US presidential election results?", the fact that a bunch of rioting Trump supporters invaded the Capitol building with the intent of subverting the Electoral College certification of Biden's win in the 2020 election seems highly relevant. Certainly it's no longer even vaguely correct to lead with "No" in answer to that question.
    – aroth
    Commented Jan 13, 2021 at 1:41

There was a violent riot in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021.

The BBC reports,

Trump supporters converged on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to express their rage over Joe Biden's victory in the election, wreaking havoc in Congress. Rioters were pictured vandalising congressional offices, and an aide to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Washington's top Democrat, reported a laptop was stolen.

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    It is worth pointing out this happened a few months after the question and most of its answers were written. Commented Mar 31, 2022 at 12:24

No, there have not been any riots.

Since that may seem surprising considering there are a lot of extremely invested people on both sides you need to consider the current overall position.

At the moment both sides are being told "it's fine, the courts will take care of it."

So Biden supporters are not happy about the situation and there have been sporadic protests (for example see the Republicans being flown in to talk to Trump who were met with protestors as they travelled).

Trump supporters are not happy and there have been sporadic protests (for example see the few thousand people Maga March).

But at the moment both sides are being told by their leaders that it's fine. They're going to win in the end. So they're waiting. And they're stewing, and getting worked up and more and more angry.

And that's when it will get dangerous. Because one of those sides (almost certainly Trump based on available evidence) is either going to lose but claim it was stolen (causing huge anger in his supporters) or win by a highly dubious means (causing huge anger in Biden supporters).

That is when we can expect violence to occur, as soon as it becomes clear that one side no longer has a non-violent route to victory.

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    While I personally believe that most of what's written here is most likely true, I still decided to downvote it because it's not the kind of answer we expect on this website. First, it's entirely speculative. Second, it's not an answer to the question. The question is "has there been any riots". Not "why are there no riots" or "will there be riots".
    – Philipp
    Commented Nov 21, 2020 at 16:24
  • @Philipp Fair enough. I've edited the question to make it clear that this does answer the question but then goes into "why" rather than just saying "no". You're right that anything about the future is speculative but it is accurate. Both sides are saying "we're going to win" and so far their followers are waiting for that to happen.
    – Tim B
    Commented Nov 21, 2020 at 17:09
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    I rest my case...
    – Tim B
    Commented Jan 10, 2021 at 23:13

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