CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WWBT) - Thousands of Trump supporters who converged in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday had nothing to do with the riots that took place, including one woman and her son from North Chesterfield.
Reann Mayfield said she left well before the mayhem took place but is stunned by what transpired.
“Just the whole thing is very baffling to me,” she said.
Mayfield was among the sea of Trump supporters at the President’s “Stop the Steal” rally early Wednesday morning.
“It was to show our support for the President and what we feel is voter fraud that occurred,” Mayfield said. “We wanted to stand up and show that we… didn’t agree with how things turned out.”
U.S. leaders said there is no credible evidence of widespread voter fraud.
However, the President’s supporters traveled from far and wide to make sure they were seen on the day when Congress was set to certify votes from the Electoral College.
“Everybody there was very, very peaceful,” Mayfield said. “It was very loving.”
Mayfield said the atmosphere began to change when the group began marching to the Capitol; that’s when she and her son decided to head home.
“We left, I want to say it was around two because I had seen multiple threats of people coming and starting violence and I was scared,” Mayfield said.
What followed after they left, the Capitol grounds were breached, the House and Senate Chambers taken over, multiple officers hurt, and in the end, four people dead.
“Disgraceful; it was disgraceful,” she said. “Nobody should be put in harm’s way, let alone our Congress; we don’t want anything to happen to them, it’s very important. It was disgraceful, I can’t even believe it even happened to be honest with you.”
Mayfield is also in shock over who is accused of pulling off the attack.
“Nobody wants to see any type of violence happening, especially during one of the most important times in our history, our country,” she said. “I just, it’s not like the Trump supporters. I’m not even trying to bluff, I’ve been to several and I’ve never seen them act violently like that.”
At this time, the FBI is working to identify the people who breached the U.S. Capitol and the interior offices. Authorities have not said whether they are linked to outside groups.
Meanwhile, several lawmakers feel President Trump incited the violence that unfolded Wednesday. Mayfield believes he did not.
“I feel like he wanted up to show up. He’s preached law and order from the very beginning of the rioting,” Mayfield said.
However, civil rights leaders along with some members of Congress are now pushing for 25th Amendment action.
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