While the mainstream media and politicians are calling them extremists, rioters, and terrorists, that is not how one Alaskan saw the Save America rally-goers in Washington, D.C., which turned aggressive, ending in the death of one protester and the death of one member of the Capital Police.
Our traveler reported to Must Read Alaska at various times during the Save America protest in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday until the cell service in the District of Columbia was jammed by authorities in mid afternoon.
He takes exception to the media characterizing protesters as extremists, terrorists, or “a mob.” Most were peaceful, he said. Less than one percent were at the aggressive end of the scale.
“They were extremely patriotic,” he said. “They believe in the Constitution and they support the United States of America. We were praying, and thanking each other for coming and standing for the country.”
Our contact flew into Washington, D.C. the day before the rally. That night, he mingled with others who were arriving, and he got oriented to where the rally would be held the next day. He and his friends stood in line for 12 hours to get a close-up view of President Donald Trump, who was scheduled to speak to the rally-goers on Wednesday. The crowd size was over one million, he reported.
When asked if he felt Trump incited a riot, our contact said, “Absolutely not.” About three quarters of the way through Trump’s remarks, over one quarter of the people started walking toward the U.S. Capitol, where most people assumed there would be a peaceful march around the building.
One quarter of a million people was a big crowd converging on the Capitol. Our witness was at the end of a crowd of people over two miles long. The building was barricaded, and there was no way to march around it.
By the time our witness arrived, the barriers around the Capitol had already been broken down by the few at the front who were aggressive. Police had decided to just let people through.
The people behind the ones in front — tens of thousands of protesters — arrived at the Capitol not knowing there had ever been barriers to be broken. They thought the place was open, as police were letting them through. It was a bit of a festival-like atmosphere for a few minutes. Grandmothers, families, men and women, young and old, black, white, Samoan, and Asian filled the steps going up to one of the doors. It looked like a Trump rally. Our witness joined one woman who was praying for the police who were present.
Law enforcement alternated between lax and intense. There would be no evidence of law enforcement, and then all of a sudden tear gas was sprayed into the eyes of the protesters, and concussive blasts would go off, echoing between the buildings.
What our witness saw was mainly peaceful protesters, many who were praying, some on their knees. Others who made it into the Capitol acted with respect, staying within the velvet cords as they made their way.
“There were four kinds of people: People who were confused, not knowing what to do; people who were serious, and who were fervently praying; people who wanted to take part in something; and people who actively wanted to get into the Senate,” he said.
“It was a mixture of anger and a lot of love, love for this country,” our witness said. He is reluctant to give his name because he has seen reports that an FBI dragnet is underway to arrest people who attended the rally.
The scene became more chaotic. Our witness saw one man being carried down a set of stairs unconscious, and with urine-soaked jeans. A grandmother came toward our witness and said she was only there to defend the country for her grandchildren. Her eyes were burning with tear gas.
According to our witness, between 1,500 and 2,000 went into the building, with about 100 getting quite a ways inside.
“I heard yelling and all of a sudden a whole group of people started pushing to get out. They had been pepper sprayed.”
Most of the people were trying to prevent things from getting out of hand, he said.
“They chanted “Respect the house.” They were yelling “Don’t wreck anything, this is our house,” he reported.
“These Trump supporters are patriots and have been spending months and even years doing their own research,” he said. “Everybody was like a brother or sister, and they’ve been doing reporters’ jobs for months. Everybody was expecting to hear our path forward to continue our republic.”
“I did not meet one person at the Trump rally who thinks Democrat politicans are Americans. They’ve been bought by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party). They want to achieve an alternative form of government in the form of socialism.”
As our witness made his way back to Alaska, he was still somewhat stunned and emotionally drained by all he had witnessed. He is worried that the FBI is going to round up grandmothers who attended and charge them as terrorists. He is concerned that President Trump will be charged with sedition. And he is deeply worried about the future of the country under what he and millions others still view as a stolen election.