‘Stop the Steal’ Rally Draws Over 100 to County Courthouse
Some were old, some were young; many carried American flags and others flags emblazoned with the name of President Trump, but all were in one mind to protest the recent election that is about to result in the confirmation of Joe Biden as President of the United States.
KGVO interviewed to several of the protesters who were willing to speak.
Tei Nash was at the County Courthouse with his two daughters to speak in support of President Trump directly.
“I'm here with my daughters because I want to stand for Trump,” said Nash. “I feel what's happened to all Americans has been just been disgraceful, and no matter what happens I’m going to stand up for him. He saved our family and all Americans, specifically our family over $8,000 a year in taxes, and other things like that. He's done so much for this country. That's why I'm here. I'm standing up for him.”
One man who identified himself simply as Tom said there should be a thorough investigation of the national election.
“First of all, we do believe that the election was stolen, and we want an investigation into it,” said Tom. “If we're wrong, prove it. Don't stand back and say, oh, there's no evidence when we see tons of it. That's why we're here to protest.”
David Overbaugh brought a team of protesters to the event that stood in the bed of a pickup truck with flags and banners and waved to drivers who honked their horns in support as they drove by.
“We're just out here to protest what's happening in our country right now,” said Overbaugh. “The ‘steal’ that's being done in this election with the Democrats thinking they can steal this election. We're just out here to tell them that we the people are standing up and we've had enough of this tyrannical government and we're just fed up. So we're done.”
Overbaugh was asked what will happen with groups such as the one that gathered in Missoula after Biden is confirmed and their protests have gone unheard.
“Our next step is just to see what in our legal bounds we can do next,” he said. “We're trying to do everything by the books so that doesn't have to come to civil war or something drastic like that. “No one wants to see that happen, but I believe there are people out there, myself included, that it would happen if we needed it to happen.”
Almost none of the protesters wore masks, and in fact the only masked persons in sight were members of the media.
Hundreds of similar protests were going on around the country, including large demonstrations in Washington, D.C. where hundreds entered the Capitol building resulting in lawmakers being rushed out of the building.
Vice President Mike Pence was quoted as saying that “this attack on our Capitol will not be tolerated and those involved will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
A joint statement was also released by two Montana legislators.
Montana Senate President Mark Blasdel and Speaker of the House Wylie Galt said:
"We are blessed in Montana to have a long tradition of respectful and spirited dialogue and peaceful expression of diverse viewpoints through our First Amendment rights. Violence is not an acceptable response to political differences. Already this week, we've had multiple peaceful demonstrations here at the State Capitol in Helena. We encourage Montanans to continue serving as an example for the nation during these times of intense division."
After the violence at the U.S. Capitol building, Montana Senator Steve Daines issued the following comment.
“Today is a sad day for our country. The destruction and violence we saw at our Capitol today is an assault on our democracy, our Constitution and the rule of law, and must not be tolerated. As Americans, we believe in the right to peaceful protest. We must rise above the violence. We must stand together. We will not let today’s violence deter Congress from certifying the election. We must restore confidence in our electoral process. We must, and we will, have a peaceful and orderly transition of power.”
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