A mob of angered Trump supporters has occupied the front lawn of Washington’s Democratic Governor Jay Inslee’s mansion as they also surrounded state capitols in Texas, California, Georgia, Michigan, Kansas and Oklahoma.
While chaos gripped Washington D.C., where one woman has been shot dead and dozens of police officers injured, protesters made their way to Inslee’s Olympia home where one state trooper stood guard.
The trooper urged members of the crowd to stand back but they quickly aurrounded the building chanting and he was forced to retreat to stand guard in front of the door. The crowd, whuch included several armed protesters, was pushed back as more state troopers arrived at around 6.30pm EST.
Armed militia members were also seen standing guard on the steps of the Michigan Capitol in Lansing and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger was evacuated in Atlanta as the President’s MAGA faithful surrounded federal buildings across the country.
As armed militia surrounded Georgia’s State Capitol building, 200 protesters stormed into the Kansas statehouse, and New Mexico’s and Texas’ State Capitols have been evacuated.
Large protests have also been reported in Colorado, Oregon, Washington State, Minnesota, Michigan, Utah, Ohio, Oklahoma and Sacramento, while swaths of demonstrators have taken to the streets in LA outside City Hall, where an unlawful assembly has since been declared.
In Minnesota, a group also crowded around Gov. Tim Waltz’ mansion in St. Paul but the building was guarded by police. ‘Let’s go raise some hell! Let’s make him uncomfortable,’ one man said of the Democratic governor, according to Fox 9.
Violence broke out in Washington DC Wednesday when thousands of the outgoing president’s supporters breached security perimeters at the Capitol with lawmakers inside the House Chamber urged to put on gas masks as tear gas was fired in the Rotunda.
President Trump urged the crowds to go home as he said we ‘have to have peace’, yet continued with his claims of voter fraud and that the election was ‘stolen’.
OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON STATE: A mob of angered Trump supporters has occupied the front lawn of Washington’s Democratic Governor Jay Inslee’s mansion on Wednesday afternoon
MISSOURI: Armed men stand on the steps at the State Capitol after a rally in support of President Donald Trump
ATLANTA: The crowd consisted of around 25 people, some of whom were carrying assault rifles
LA: Christian Angelo Hill, 19, a Black Lives Matter supporter, reacts after being sprayed with an unknown substance during a rally held by U.S. President Donald Trump supporters
OREGON: Protesters hold a rally in support of U.S. President Donald Trump at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem
LA: Pro-Trump protesters demonstrate in support of US president Donald Trump in front of the City Hall
COLORADO: State Patrol troopers hold on to a patrol vehicle as they keep watch on people attending a rally in support of President Donald Trump on Wednesday afternoon in downtown Denver
SACRAMENTO: Hundreds also gathered outside of California’s Capitol building on Wednesday, waiving Trump and US flags
TEXAS: Jack Finger, of San Antonio, protests the election with supporters of President Donald Trump Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Austin
ATLANTA: Georgia Capitol Police escorted Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger (above) and his staff out of the building shortly before 3pm
ATLANTA: Ex Klu Klux Klan member Chester Doles, center, leader of American Patriots USA, roams the third floor of the Georgia State Capitol building looking for the office of Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger
LA: Dubbed the ‘Freedom Protest’ organizers of the event said it was being held to ‘demand the integrity and justice of the November 3rd election’
GEORGIA: Armed Miita, Stop the Steal Protesters and Trump supporters descend on the Georgia Capital the day after the Senate run-offs resulted in both seats going to Democrats
In Atlanta, Georgia Capitol Police escorted Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger and his staff out of the building shortly before 3pm.
Supporters of Trump attempted to enter the building to deliver ‘written grievances’ about the outgoing president’s November election loss, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Deputy Secretary Jordan Fuchs told the outlet: ‘We heard reports of threats and left immediately’.
The development followed a small peaceful ‘Stop the Steal’ rally that stood in contrast to the mayhem that erupted in Washington.
The crowd consisted of around 25 people, some of whom were carrying assault rifles, and included some notable figures, namely former Ku Klux Klan leader Chester Doles.
Doles made headlines last month when he posed for a photo with Sen. Kelly Loeffler at a Republican campaign.
While voicing their anger at the outcome of the election, the demonstration was largely peaceful, according to local reports.
Gov. Brian Kemp called in the National Guard at around 5pm as he condemned the violent mob.
‘It’s a disgrace and quite honestly un-American,’ Kemp said, adding: ‘For those of you that have been calling for a special session, you can now see what that would look like.’
Elsewhere in the country, around 200 protesters rallied inside Kansas’ statehouse in Topeka on Wednesday afternoon.
The rally began in early afternoon and while most of the demonstrators left the capitol complex, a few dozen remained in the building with signs and flags in support of the president.
They moved around the building peacefully, officials said, with multiple Kansas Highway Patrol officers observing from afar.
The crowd chanted ‘stop the steal,’ ‘four more years’ and ‘no more masks,’ a reference to many Trump supporters’ opposition to coronavirus restrictions such as requiring people to wear masks in public, KCTV reported.
A spokesperson for the KHP said they were not planning on heightening security in the statehouse building and that individuals in the building were allowed to be there.
It’s unclear if Gov. Laura Kelly was in the building at the time or whether she was evacuated.
GEORGIA: An heavily armed protester is shown in the above image standing with a militia outside of Georgia’s Capitol
TEXAS: A Trump support is seen wearing a Biden mask with prison scrubs during a march in Austin on Wednesday
KANSAS: Around 200 protesters rallied inside Kansas’ statehouse in Topeka on Wednesday afternoon
LA: A Trump supporter holds a placard reading ‘Trump Won Biden Cheated Voter Fraud’ during a demonstration outside City Hall
LA: An unlawful assembly has been declared in the area, though there are so far no reports of clashes with police
LA: By noon, the gathering was winding down, though protesters still scuffled with police and counter-protesters in scattered incidents
LA: A Trump supporter wears a ‘Make America Great Again’ cap as Pro-Trump protesters demonstrate
MISSISSIPPI: Jason Lavoie of Raymond, carries both the retired Mississippi state flag and a pro-Trump banner as he joined a small group of people that protested outside the Capitol in Jackson with a pistol on his hip
In Los Angeles, an unlawful assembly was declared by officials amid a protest in the downtown area of the city, as crowds gathered outside City Hall and the LA Police Department headquarters.
Protesters, as elsewhere across the country, took to the streets as President-elect Joe Biden was set to be certified as the winner of the November election.
Dubbed the ‘Freedom Protest’ organizers of the event said it was being held to ‘demand the integrity and justice of the November 3rd election’, according to FOX 11. They said 15 ‘patriotic organizations’ were taking part.
‘The election was a quote-on-quote “stolen election,” I think there was a lot of fraud involved,’ the rally’s guest speaker Sarah Stephens said. ‘I don’t think Biden won in any way, shape or form. And so I believe Trump is the true president and that’s why I’m personally here today.’
Outside LAPD HQ, pro-Trump protesters reportedly clashed with counter-demonstrators as police pleaded with the crowd to leave the area.
By noon, the gathering was winding down, though protesters still scuffled with police and counter-protesters in scattered incidents.
One counter-protester, who was wearing a Black Lives Matter insignia on his clothing, was sprayed with a chemical irritant by a Trump supporter.
The anti-Trump group Refuse Fascism reportedly plans to hold its own protest in downtown Wednesday afternoon.
The group is planning to unfurl a banner over the 110 Freeway at Seventh Street, proclaiming, ‘Trump Lost! Fascists Get Out!’ at 12:30 pm local time.
LA: an unlawful assembly was declared by officials amid a protest in the downtown area of the city
LA: crowds gathered outside City Hall and the LA Police Department headquarters
LA: One counter-protester, who was wearing a Black Lives Matter insignia on his clothing, was sprayed with a chemical irritant by a Trump supporter
LA: Pro-Trump protesters wear camouflage gears as they demonstrate outside City Hall on Wednesday afternoon
TEXAS: The state’s Department of Public Safety evacuated and closed it’s Capitol building in Austin, in addition to surrounding grounds after the protests erupted in DC
WASHINGTON: Joey Gibson, leader of Patriot Prayer, a right-wing extremist group, speaks during a protest rally
The New Mexico Statehouse was largely evacuated Wednesday afternoon as a crowd of hundreds of protesters gathered outside the building.
Heeding warning from the scenes in Washington DC, Democratic Speaker Brian Egolf said state police ordered the evacuation of the building that includes the governor’s office and secretary of state’s office, though some officials remained inside.
Caravans of Donald Trump supporters arrived at the building in cars, trucks and on horseback at midday.
A spokesman for Gov. Michelle Lynn Lujan Grisham told NEWS13 said there was no indication of threats and unrest at the Statehouse, with the protest currently peaceful.
Similarly in Texas, the state’s Department of Public Safety evacuated and closed it’s Capitol building in Austin, in addition to surrounding grounds after the protests erupted in DC.
An official with the law enforcement agency confirmed the move in a statement to The Texas Tribune.
‘The Capitol and Capitol Complex are closed to the public effective immediately,’ spokesperson Freeman Martin said.
A dozens strong crowd has gathering outside the state’s Capitol as of mid-afternoon Wednesday, but a spokesperson with the Austin PD confirmed the crowd has been ‘calm and peaceful’ with no disturbances reported.
TEXAS: A dozens strong crowd has gathering outside the state’s Capitol as of mid-afternoon Wednesday, but a spokesperson with the Austin PD confirmed the crowd has been ‘calm and peaceful’
TEXAS: A person dressed as Lady Liberty wears a shirt with the letter Q, referring to QAnon
LA: Outside LAPD HQ, pro-Trump protesters reportedly clashed with counter-demonstrators as police pleaded with the crowd to leave the area
LA: A Trump supporter holds a placard reading ‘Deep State Voter Fraud! Media and Big Tech Information Warfare’
Hundreds also gathered for a peaceful demonstration in Olympia, Washington, as chaos continued to reign in the nation’s capital.
Around 300-400 people attended the rally, according to Washington State Patrol estimates. The group, which was gathered at noon local time, sang ‘God Bless America’ and chanted USA, KING5 reported.
Although many of the protesters questioned the validity of the presidential election, they said they have no intent on violence or entering the Capitol.
Many of the protesters said they wanted more transparency around the election, including an audit of the results.
Guest speakers at the event, meanwhile, which included Joey Gibson, a leader of the far-right group Patriot Prayer, continued to repeat unfounded allegations of election fraud and railed against pandemic restrictions.
At one point during the gathering, a participant interrupted Gibson with news that the crowd in DC had stormed the Capitol. ‘It’s war now!’ he yelled, according to the Oregonian, but received a muted response.
A several hundred strong crowd gathered in Lansing, Michigan also Wednesday. Many among them were armed and dressed in military fatigues or tactical gear.
More than a dozen carried rifles slung over their shoulders. Others carried US flags, Trump flags, and signs with messages such as ‘Stop the steal’ and ‘Fake virus’, according to the Detroit Free Press
Organizers blasted over the Capitol lawn in Lansing a live feed of Trump’s remarks to thousands of supporters at the Ellipse, near the Capitol. However unlike in DC, nobody in the crowd attempted to storm their way inside the their state’s Capitol.
Police estimated the crowd to be between 700 to 800 people, but said they’ve ‘been very cooperative from our perspective, with no problems at all.’
‘They’re just exercising their First and Second Amendment rights,’ a spokesperson for the department said.
Over a dozen court challenges to Michigan’s election results have been rejected by judges, after finding no evidence of election fraud. Biden beat Trump in the state by more than 154,000 votes.
The staff of Utah Gov. Spencer Cox was sent home as several hundred pro-Trump demonstrators rallied outside the Capitol, though the demonstration remained relatively calm.
A brief scuffle between pro-Trump demonstrators, who included members of the Proud Boys, and counterprotesters also broke out in Columbus, Ohio, but there was no immediate threat to the Capitol.
MICHIGAN: A several hundred strong crowd gathered in Lansing, Michigan also Wednesday, may weilding rifles
MICHIGAN: Police estimated the crowd to be between 700 to 800 people, but said they’ve ‘been very cooperative from our perspective, with no problems at all’
MICHIGAN: Supporters of President Donald Trump join in a mass prayer out front of the Michigan State Capitol Building
MICHIGAN: Over a dozen court challenges to Michigan’s election results have been rejected by judges, after finding no evidence of election fraud