SACRAMENTO—Thanksgiving weekend saw a great mix of protestors at California's state capitol, demonstrating for a variety of causes including a fair and free election, supporting the president, ending unconstitutional restrictions that began with the pandemic, and protesting socialist policies.
Ellen Lee Zhou from San Francisco was there to protest election fraud, as she has in many cities in the past couple of weeks.
“This is the joined force of all 50 states, all 50 states of America are here calling out loud to audit the ballots,” she said in Sacramento, California on Nov. 28, 2020. Thousands have been protesting against election fraud in similar demonstrations across the country every Saturday since Election Day.
She said this election was rife with "lawlessness" with ridiculous numbers of dead people voting, lost ballots, extra ballots, and in states where such evidence has come forth those votes should not be certified.
“It tells me the government is corrupt, especially those Democrat-run states,” she said. Lee Zhou suspects this has been going on for several years, not just this one election, because similar systems and software have been used in past elections.
“Hopefully the election recount will happen and the election audit will happen,” she said. “This is not only a California problem, this is the entire United States’ problem.”
'I'm hoping and praying people will do the right thing'Several demonstrators from the Walk Away movement, where people have walked away from the Democrat Party in recent years, also joined the election fraud protest.
“I was a Democrat my whole life,” said Tracy Cumming. But after the shutdowns this year she was taken aback by the media coverage of the virus. Something didn’t seem right, she said, when she ran into several instances of censorship in media and online.
“I hated Trump when he was elected,” she added.
The media presented the image of a horrible person, she said, but then she started watching him speak at press conferences, “unfiltered by the media, and I realized he was very presidential, very compassionate to the people,” Cumming said. In fact, the media seemed to have lied to the people. “From there, I just decided I couldn’t be a Democrat anymore.”
“Doesn’t matter if you’re for Trump or Biden, this election has been stolen from us,” she said. “It makes me so disheartened and disgusted by the people, in this country or elsewhere in the world, who have stolen this from us. I just feel like I have to do what I have to do.”
“We have to get this right, we have to get our election figured out so we can continue to have free democracy, one person one vote,” she said.
She said she would like to see the votes in all of the states looked at, not just the battleground states where lawsuits are underway, because even in blue California she has attended Trump rallies so large that she suspects he might have won more the 30-some percent of popular votes as the polls show.
“I have faith in God and faith hopefully, I hope enough people, people in high places, our legislators in these states, I hope they have the courage,” she said. “I’m hoping and praying people will do the right thing. God is ultimately in control. I have faith.”
'America Will Change'
Tasha Bloom grew up in a politically active family and said she always identified as a Democrat, though she would vote based on policy, but the events of this year and the media spin caused her to make a clean break from the Democratic Party.
"I’m here because I feel it wasn’t a free and fair election," she said. "And if Joe Biden ultimately takes it, after what I feel was a fraudulent [election], then America will change and not for the better."
She said election fraud protesters like herself aren't saying they won't accept anyone but Trump, she wants to see America uphold free and fair elections.
"This whole country was built on freedom, we fought for it, we’re one of the few countries that have the liberties and the freedoms in the Amendments," she said. "And I feel like that’s slowly dying out and we have to fight for that."
Bloom said that a few years ago, if you had told her that First Amendment rights would be in jeopardy, she wouldn't have believed it.
Expressing Your Beliefs
Annette Biggers, who worked on the documentary “The Trump I Know,” joined the protest to show support for the president and his actions in helping America preserve election integrity.
"I was so inspired by the heart of the Trump family in the movie I worked on this summer that I can’t stay home, I can’t do nothing," she said. "He gave up everything that he is, his wealth, his reputation, he sacrificed his family, he sacrificed it all, for us, and why shouldn’t we come and represent him. He’s for the people, so why shouldn’t we show him the support and love in return. I just feel strongly about that."
"Everything he does is pro-Constitution, for the people," she said.Another protestor, Steven Milani, was there to advocate that people take back their sovereignty.
He explained that in court where you have the right to be tried by a group of your peers, “that tells me that our system is set up where morality is supposed to be more important that legality.”
“With everything that’s been going on, it’s become clear to me that the government’s been trying to bankrupt the people,” he said. “I am an individual who is sovereign, and I trust the average person on the street more than the government.”